The Yankees' Phil Hughes, pitching for the Trenton Thunder at New Britain Stadium. Photos: dotCANTON
Yankees righthander Phil Hughes, rehabbing from a “dead arm,” was the starting pitcher for the organization’s Double-A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder, Friday night, April 24, at New Britain Stadium against the Rock Cats.
Celebrating his 25th birthday Friday, Hughes threw 72 pitches in a 3 1/3-inning outing, walking two and striking out three while allowing one run and three hits. Hughes’ fastballs were in the 91-93 mph range, but he didn’t have overpowering stuff, as Rock Cats batters were able to foul off a lot of pitches and frequently were able to put the ball in play.
The Rock Cats scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat Trenton 3-2, the winning run scoring on a bases loaded walk to New Britain first baseman Chris Parmelee.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman attended the game.
The attendance of 7,664 was the largest so far this season at New Britain Stadium. The Rock Cats and Thunder are scheduled to play again Saturday night, June 25, at 6:35, and Sunday afternoon at 1:35.
Highland Lake on Feb. 22. Photo: dotCANTON
A cross-country skier was out making marks in the freshly-fallen snow atop Highland Lake in Winchester on Monday, Presidents Day, Feb. 22.
And a couple of dogs and their owners could be seen walking on water — frozen water, that is.
But the lingering memory of the longer-than-anticipated visit was the road, if you can call it that, that takes you on a loop around the lake.
Numerous heaves and cave-ins (there’s no other way to describe them) have made east and west Wakefield Boulevard a very slow go and have caused the road to be borderline impassable in several spots.
dotCANTON Classifieds Page Open For Business
The Thomas M. Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, on Saturday, Nov. 27. Photo: dotCANTON
This is the third in an occasional series entitled: “Road Trip.”
By Steve Wilder dotCANTON.com
OK, OK, I understand. In the land of the Huskies and all of the national championships, it probably isn’t such a great idea to be bringing up another college basketball program … an out of state program, no less.
But all we’re doing here is putting an idea on the table: For a change of pace during the long, cold winter ahead, and for the chance to get out of Dodge for a day, the University of Rhode Island Rams are an option. The Thomas M. Ryan Center on the campus of URI in Kingston is a 90-mile drive from Canton Village and doable under optimum conditions in about 1:45.
Thomas M. Ryan Center. Photo: dotCANTON
Take Route 2 south out of East Hartford to I-395 near Norwich. Take I-395 north to exit 85 for Route 138. Go through the first light at the top of the ramp and then make a right onto 138 at the second light. Watch your signs and stay on 138 all the way to Kingston. Some advice: When approaching and driving through Richmond, R.I., be very aware of the frequently changing and very low speed limits.
If you’re into antiques, you might want to leave a few extra minutes for a stop at the Richmond Antique Center a few miles east of where I-95 passes over Route 138 in Richmond.
The Ryan Center is a jem of a facility. The building, in its ninth season, only seats about 7,500, but it is two-tiered and feels much larger.
My knowledge about the school’s basketball program is limited to the men’s team, which has a 5-2 record after it’s home victory over Davidson on Saturday, Nov. 27, and should be among the top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference this season. Senior forward Delroy James, who is averaging 20.4 points per game, probably will contend for conference player of the year honors.
If you follow the UConn men’s basketball program, you might recall Ben Eaves. The URI senior forward began his college career with the Huskies before transferring to Rhode Island.
Five Saturday or Sunday afternoon games remain on the Rams’ home schedule (New Hampshire, Dec. 18, 2 p.m.; St. Bonaventure, Jan. 16, 4 p.m.; LaSalle, Jan. 22, 2 p.m.; Charlotte, Feb. 12, 2 p.m.; and Massachusetts, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.), plus several weekday night games, including attractive matchups against Boston College, Xavier and Dayton.
Click here for more information about URI men’s and women’s basketball.
You can't miss these two big fellas at the intersection of routes 7 and 341 in Kent, CT. Photo: dotCANTON
I’ve caught glimpses of artist Peter Woytuk’s sculptures during previous visits to Kent, CT, where my dentist works his magic. But I’ve never allowed myself the pleasure of getting up close and personal with Woytuk’s talent.
That changed on Wednesday, Aug. 4, and I thought you might enjoy a look, too. Leaf season isn’t too far off, and a drive to the western edge of the state is always colorful in the fall. Woytuk’s work in bronze and stone is sprinkled throughout an area called the Kent Village Barns, at the intersection of routes 7 and 341.
And if you want to see more, there’s more to be found inside the Morrison Gallery, which is located right there, at 8 Old Barn Road.
For a larger view of the images below, click on any of the nine and use the arrow left or arrow right button at the bottom of the larger image that pops up. To return to this page, click on the full image you are viewing.
– Steve Wilder, dotCANTON
The crowd at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, July 17. Photo: dotCANTON
I took to the road and rails Saturday, July 17, for a trip to Yankee Stadium. When I purchased my ticket a couple of months ago, I knew it was a late-afternoon game, but I had no idea it was Old-Timers’ Day. In fact, I didn’t find out it was Old-Timers’ Day until a couple of weeks ago. I cheered my good fortune without a clue, of course, that July 17 would come at the end of an emotional week for Yankee fans.
If you have read about me on, appropriately, the “About” page at dotCANTON.com, you know that as a sports writer for the New York Post I covered the Yankees for a short time in 1986 and 1987 and had to deal with owner George Steinbrenner. He was fair to me from the beginning, but I’ll never forget how The Boss’ antics taught me to hold my breath whenever the phone would ring in my New Jersey apartment (remember, we didn’t have caller ID back then). Continue reading Road Trip: The Bronx