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Over the weekend the US Military All-Stars played the Red Sox down at Ft. Myers.  This morning there was some good footage on the local sports cable network, NESN.  I found a few snippets of footage on NESN’s website.  Here is a link to Dan Duquette, former Red Sox General Manager, talking about the US Military All-Stars on NESN.  Note: give the site a few seconds to load the video… it will appear in the top right corner of the screen.  Also, the sound starts off as “mute” so click the mute button to turn on the sound:

http://www.nesn.com/default.aspx?articleID=5052

And it looks like former New England Patriot’s QB Doug Flutie is making a cameo appearance on the US Military All-Stars at Second Base:

http://www.nesn.com/default.aspx?articleID=5050

I like Dan Duquette’s point that the US Military brought baseball to many countries such as Germany, Italy, Korea, and Japan.  Seems fitting while the World Baseball Classic is in full gear.

Here are a few baseball cards featuring US Military All-Stars past and present:

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vernon

williams

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Once again, more info about the US Military All-Stars can be found here:
http://www.usmilitaryallstars.us/

Along with the camo catcher’s gear, we proudly supply the team with the camouflage  batter’s helmets.

— stan

This is our second year sponsoring the USA Military All-Stars.  It’s an extended team of active service, armed forces personnel.  Between deployments they tour the country playing minor league teams,  college teams, and independent ball teams.

Custom Camo Gear

Custom Camo Gear

This weekend the team is making it’s rounds of the Red Sox, Phillies, and Tampa Bay Rays down at Spring Training.  Here is one of the posters for this weekend’s game.

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Lots more information can be found at the USA Military All-Stars Website:
http://www.usmilitaryallstars.us/index.html

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BH6100ST-MC Camo helmet from All-Star in action

Yes, that is the ball about to hit the helmet!

-stan

Just like last year, Jason Varitek has asked us to make some custom gear for various holidays.  On Tuesday he was sporting some fancy Kelley green and white duds in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  The gear was a nice compliment to the white and green uniforms and green ball caps worn by all the Sox players.

5Photo courtesy of www.jason-varitek.com.  You can see more great shots of the St. Patty Day gear as well as last year’s holiday fun at jason-varitek.com’s gallery.

Just like last year, each set of gear is being auctioned off to benefit a different charity.  The proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day gear will be supporting Children’s Hospital in Boston.

To place your bid, visit the official Red Sox auction site.

Here is a close up shot I took of the embroidery on the throat guard before shipping the gear to Tek last week.

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Oh yeah, and Tek cranked a homer (and that’s not just the luck of the Irish).

Jose Morales and Mike Redmond of the Twins were both looking sharp in their All-Star gear, albeit not quite as festive as Tek’s.

–stan

Everyone here at All-Star was pumped to see the Netherlands beat the Dominican Republic the first time… not only because it was so unbelievable, but because we sponsor the Dutch with their catcher’s gear.  In that first game catcher Kenley Jansen made an explosive shotgun throw to toss out Willy Taveras at second to put the Dutch within one out of winning.  I’ve tried to find video recaps on the web, but with no luck.  Let me know if you find a video of Jansen’s throw.  He basically threw from his knees.  It’s so impressive.kenleyjansen

The only video of Jansen I can find is this great play at home.  You might have to watch a commercial first before seeing the action:
http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?mid=200903093969183

Then to see the Netherlands sock it to the mighty Dominican one more time, well, that was really just the icing on the cake.  True David vs. Goliath material.

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All the best to the Netherlands as they face off with Puerto Rico for the Pool D title.

-stan

I got so carried away with sending “Tweets” via Twitter, that I totally put off any blog entries while I was in Arizona. I’ve got a list of insider scoops, and I’ll be writing them up as soon as I can.

The Twitter Feeds were a lot of fun because I could send them out right from each clubhouse as everything was happening. See them all here:
http://twitter.com/allstarsports

-stan

Ever since there were lockers, there has been a pecking order. Think back to your first locker. Perhaps it was in middle school or maybe high school? The location often times dictated some sort of unwritten social code. The way you decorated your locker also mattered.

Well, it’s not a whole lot different when you make it to the big leagues. Sure, players decorate their lockers with pictures of family and good luck charms.  The number of Phiten necklaces I see hanging from so many lockers is staggering.  What’s even more impressive are the mountains of footwear… several sets of spikes, several sets of turfs, two pairs of sandals (you know, one for the shower, and one for lounging around), the casual shoes, and the sport casuals or “lifestyle” footwear.  Sometimes you can feel definite turf battles. There are cliques massed in different corners, and some players hold court with their subjects.

Perhaps the most visible sign of locker room importance is the player with two lockers.  Now, some players probably do need two lockers.  For example, catchers.  They’ve got more gear than any other player on the field.  But usually the catcher’s bags are stored in the center of the locker room, down a side hallway that leads out to the field, or sometimes in a special equipment room or nook.

But more often times than not, players with two lockers don’t have enough gear to fill two lockers.   Sometimes that individual’s first, primary locker is sparsely filled.  Clearly the two lockers signify some sort of importance and/or dominance in the clubhouse because they are not serving any clear function.

-stan