Tragedies such as the horrendous tornado that struck Moore, OK Monday always hit home for so many who live or have lived or have family members in the devastated area. This goes for baseball players, too, who cannot always be with their loved ones.
Will Savage, who was scheduled to start Monday night’s game for Lancaster, heard from his wife that a tornado was in the area. “It was pretty stressful for awhile (after that), because the cell-phone service wasn’t working,” he told The York Dispatch. “And then they were finally able to get ahold of me once they (his wife and one-year-old son) got out to my mother-in-law’s house”, but that was only about 15 minutes before he was to start his pre-game warmup routine.
No doubt more relaxed, the right-hander worked six innings, although he took a 4-3 loss.
York’s Brian Burgamy, a native of Lawton, OK (90 minutes southwest of Moore), found out from his mother that everyone they knew was okay.
THIELBAR DID NOT WASTE ANY TIME
The newest major leaguer out of the Independent ranks, Minnesota Twins lefty Caleb Thielbar, did not get to Atlanta to join the team until shortly after Monday’s game had started. He found himself in the game in the seventh and eighth innings, blanking the Braves on one hit and collecting three strikeouts in the 5-1 Minnesota defeat.
Thielbar is the first player from the neighboring St. Paul Saints (American Association) to play for the Twins. His contract was purchased August 18, 2011 by the Twins, then he worked his way all through the farm system in 21 months to become the 19th Saints player to reach the major leagues.
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