Another big upcoming weekend of men’s fastpitch in O’Leary
Legends Field is the new name for what most know as Queen Elizabeth Park's Baseball Field.
The name is a great choice that is intended to honour those who have made a significant contribution to baseball in the Summerside area.
Paul Power, who has played many great games himself on this field, chairs the Summerside sports heritage committee. He tells me that the City of Summerside has endorsed the name, and there will be an official dedication on Sept. 21 at the newly-named Legends Field.
A selection committee, headed by Paul H. Schurman, is looking to form an “Honour Roll” for the field and is seeking nominations. The deadline is Sept. 9.
The “Honour Roll” will recognize individuals, teams or other organizations that have made outstanding contributions as builders, promoters, organizers, supporters, players, coaches, managers or volunteers to the sport of baseball in the Summerside area.
It is a great idea to name this field, and at the same time recognize those who deserve the honour of being named to the field's “Honour Roll.”
It is a great name for the field, and more will follow leading up to its official naming in just three weeks.
Men’s fastpitch seems to be making a comeback on P.E.I., and judging from the recent Island championship, fans and players have something to look forward to.
The O'Leary Summerside Chrysler Dodge Eagles’ 2-1 series win over the Charlottetown Gahan House Fawcetts drew great fan interest as the teams were very close in terms of talent, and the only drawback was the series was too short.
If I recall correctly the original plan was for a longer series, but time restraints played a factor.
The action shot in last Saturday’s Journal Pioneer was one of the pictures that was worth a thousand words. It was an action shot of Jeff Ellsworth, but what caught my attention from the picture was the number of kids watching from behind the screen. I wonder how many of those kids play ball, or will play in the future after being exposed to this great series?
A lot of the time potential players of the future need to be exposed to the game at its highest level for enough interest to be created for these kids to maybe want to play the game.
They see an international-calibre player like Ellsworth in action, and some no doubt will want to follow in his footsteps.
The Eagles are hosting the Eastern Canadian championships next weekend. Ellsworth, along with flame-thrower Mitch Hardy, will lead the way for the Eagles. It will be a great tournament that will draw a lot of fan interest, and no doubt those same kids will be there.
Good luck to the Eagles!
Great race day
It was a great day for racing out at Red Shores at Summerside Raceway last Sunday.
That 1:55:1 trip by two-year-old filly Saulsbrook Alana was a season's best for a half-mile track in Canada.
That trip shows just how good this two-year-old is, and at the same time shows that Summerside is as fast of a half-mile track as there is in the country.
The almost $33,000 handle at the betting windows was one of the better ones this year, and, once again, proves that the good horses attract the bettors.
The annual Labour Day card goes Monday at 1 p.m.
Toronto Blue Jays
They are not the worst Jays’ team ever, but are not far from it.
The 2013 edition of the Jays are without a doubt the most disappointing team in the team's 37-year history. They are 19 games behind division-leading Boston as this is written, and will need to win 13 of their last 28 games just to match last season's record of 73-89.
Since 2000, the 2004 Jays (67-94) had the worst record in that time frame. One has to go all the way back to 1980 to find a worse record than that 2004 team.
Who would have ever thought last off-season, when the Jays made such a big splash with all the trades and free-agent signings, that we may be talking about one of the worst Jay teams since they joined the American League in 1977?
The orientation camp this week in Calgary for the 2014 Canadian men's hockey team sure seemed a bit strange to say the least.
Having Canada's star players dressed in ball hockey gear on an Olympic-sized floor was the best that Hockey Canada could do as no one was willing to pay the insurance premiums to insure the $1.5 billion in player contracts of the 46 Team Canada hopefuls.
Local resident and great sports fan Hal Birch may have said it best when he asked, “Could these multi-millionaire players not afford the cost of the insurance?”
One would think that a guy like Sidney Crosby could afford it with an annual salary of $8.7 million. I am not sure of how much the cost would be, but one would think that these 46 players could scrape up enough cash to have the proper evaluation camp!
Have a great week!
Joe MacIntyre is a Summerside resident. His column appears every Saturday. Comments and suggestions can be sent to email@example.com.