For an eight-year-old Panamanian boy, this week marked the realization of a four-year dream. Eric Rojas was only four years old when he fought to save his own life against Hodgkins Lymphoma, and the whole time he did it, he had a mission in mind: meeting his baseball hero Victor Martinez.
This week, the Make-A-Wish foundation helped young Eric make that dream a reality, by flying the Rojas family to Detroit for a chance to meet his idol. Martinez even signed a bat for the emotional boy, writing in Spanish, “For my great friend with much love.” Read more about Rojas and his journey in Anthony Fenech’s piece for the Free Press.
Blaine Hardy is a Vulcan?
Well, no, not quite, but he has been working on what Fangraphs calls a “vulcan” grip, which when you think about it is about as evocative a way to explain holding a baseball as anything I’ve ever heard before. Hardy explained his augmented grip to Fangraphs’ David Laurila, “I switched to a modified split. It’s not with the main fingers, but rather the ring finger and the middle finger. It’s what’s been called ‘a vulcan.’”
So, not quite Spock, but hopefully it will help him live long and prosper in a starting position awhile longer.
Erie’s UMPC Park gets a facelife
The Erie SeaWolves won’t be going anywhere any time soon, thanks to the approval for a $12 million upgrade on their home turf. Though the SeaWolves contract with the Tigers expires at the end of the year, it is expected the team will renew for another two-year term by then, as has been the case for the last 17 years.
It seems that Tigers general manager Al Avila was not impressed with the facilities during a recent visit and didn’t hold back on saying so. As a result, the park will now be majorly upgraded (much like the Lakeland Flying Tigers stadium was just two years ago).
Leonys Martin doing better
Martin, who was diagnosed with a pretty scary bacterial infection, appears to be in better condition, though no word on if he’ll be back to the Indians this season. Both the Indians and Tigers sent him well wishes on social media.
Leonys Martin has been away from the team battling a serious bacterial infection, but is now in stable condition thanks to the care he's received at the Cleveland Clinic.— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) August 14, 2018
We will continue to keep Leonys and his family in our thoughts.#LM13 pic.twitter.com/DCoKYbmGSd
Big Al’s dingers
Did you miss the glorious video of Alfred “Big Al” Delia making his introductions to the Little League World Series? Well once you’ve watched the video and let Alfred into your heart, you should know you can now buy a shirt, with a portion of the proceeds going to his college fund. I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted an in-joke shirt this badly before.
Happy to announce that we’ve spoken with Alfred Delia’s family, and portions of all sales will be donated to his college fund as well as Middletown Little League. https://t.co/dRkkwPvgfn— RotoWear Classic (@RotoWearClassic) August 13, 2018
Question of the day
Which of these nightmarish new Twins mascots will haunt your dreams for the rest of your life?