Mike Dronkers / Sunday, July 7 @ 9:04 p.m. / Humboldt Crabs
UPDATE 7/8/13: Video of The Catch! You can almost taste the magic of the moment.
Keep your eye on second base as Caleb Wood dives sideways. The Catch itself is hard to see, but the Crabs rush the field while the opponents do what losers sometimes do.
[Sixth in our series of majestic sports coverage. Abstract: Terrible call robs Crab Saturday, genuinely thrilling finale on Sunday. Lots of Crab history coming up this week, also 80's Nite]
This weekend's opponents, Top Speed, came to Arcata leading the Far West League but left humbled and thrashed.
Your Crabs are now in first place after taking three of four in the series, which serves the opposition right for wearing those one-size-fits-some T-shirt jerseys [above] during game four. Show some respect for yourselves and the game, Top Speed.
Also, the THEATRICAL PUFFERY of the Top Speed coaches was as comically bizarre as it was impotent, so... win/win.
Home runs and stunningly bad calls defined this series.
On Saturday, the Crabs knocked one right into southbound 101, plainly inside the left field line. The ump wrongly called it foul, then later changed into a different shirt, then fled the field (one hopes).
Now, someone at work is going to ask you about Caleb Wood's game-ending catch today. Nod affirmatively and say that you heard it was epic. With the winning run at bat and one out, Top Speed cracked a solid line drive to second. Wood leapt maybe seven feet [not pictured], landed on his belly and still turned two, ending Top Speed's late-game offensive. This neutral reporter literally jumped out of his seat. Seriously. It was bonkers.
IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE: Ever wondered "Do former Crabs ever get famous?" Over 1,200 athletes have worn the Crabs uniform over the last 69 seasons. A small slice of these brothers-from-other-mothers return to Arcata to re-bask in the bright fog and neverending resplendency that only Crabdom brings.
Alumni Weekend kicks off Friday with KWPT 80's Nite (dress tubularly), followed by events highlighting the post-Crabs success of notable players. The Crabs Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is between the games on Saturday. Show up and give these princes their propers.
[Photos: Humboldt Crabs]
Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, June 11 @ 3:36 p.m. / Humboldt Crabs
It's KHUM day this Sunday at Crabs Stadium!
To honor of one of baseball's ultimate nice guys, it's also Suspenders Day. Wear suspenders in honor of the late Jerry Nutter, himself a dapper suspender afficionado, to get a free CD from the KHUM SOUND SATCHEL (while supplies last).
The game is at 12:30. The Humboldt Globetrotters Crabs take on the Menlo Park "Legends."
Recap: Wear suspenders to the game on Sunday for a free CD and because Jerry Nutter would've.
[This piece is the first in a summer series of AWARD-WORTHY sports coverage.]
Game one of this weekend's series between the Humboldt Crabs and Healdsburg Prune Packers (henceforth referred to as the Bums) ended as you could've predicted.
The Bums started slow but tapered off as they erred their way to a soul-crushing 4-2 defeat.
Crabs Stadium was full but not stuffed. In the beer line, fans high-fived one another for no good reason as strangers assisted overwhelmed parents in the stands. Seats were saved and snacks were shared.
The lack of the World Famous Crabgrass Band™ did not begrime the crowd's spirit, who heckled with both decency and cruelty. "Looking good, butterfingers," yelled one fan after the Bums failed to turn two. Again.
The evening took an unfortunate turn when a foul ball apparently left a negative impression on the roof of a sparkly Suburban parked on F Street.
On the plus side, the Bums did have a player named Sterling Champagne. Come on. Sterling Champagne.
The Bums also excelled at:
- infield belly flops
- wearing maroon
- looking at pitches
- looking exhausted
So it wasn't all bad for the Bums of Healdsburg. They tried, and it was cute. Besides, local activist Dennis Mayo bought your reporter some nuts and showed off pictures of his adorable ponies.
The Bums take on the Crabs tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. (doubleheader) and again on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.