So, Bustos wins his matchup with Richard Katz, and the first round for the Allentown bracket is done.
Round 2 will see the following matchups:
1) Nick Lopardo vs. 8) Tom Donahue
13) Andrew Wishy vs. 5) Michel Laplante
2) Jonathan Johnson vs. 7) Dennis Robinson
3) Butch Hobson vs. 11) Saul Bustos
Now, we move over to the Pittsfield bracket. Here are the first four matchups.
1) Vic Davilla vs. 16) Seth Bataan
1) Vic Davilla
Who: All-time legend of indy baseball, and the manager of the Spirit
Pro: He's a legend AND a badass, tough dude... his performance in game 5 of the 2004 championship series, despite the loss, is legendary
Con: Well, according to the Worcester T&G, his team is undisciplined because of him.
16) Seth Bataan
Who: Hey Seth, get me a hot dog please
Pro: Got us hot dogs and giveaway items. A hilarious name to recall.
Con: Totally awful at his job, as evidenced by the fact that he now works for Sussex
8) Joe Calfapietra vs. 9) BJ Weed
8) Joe Calfapietra
Who: Manager of the Jackals
Pro: Probably the longest serving manager in the CAL. '04 champ. Numerous funny incidents.
Con: Swears at little kids
9) BJ Weed
Who: Spirit outfielder
Pro: Best name in the league. A fan favorite. Hustles all the time. He hits, fields, saves the world, and is an all-around good guy.
Con: Much like Wishy, he's not really in the 'elite' status per se.
4) Bode Miller vs. 13) Allen Mottram
4) Bode Miller
Who: Olympic skiing dumbass who played in one game for the Nashua Pride
Pro: Very, very famous. 'Bode Miller Day' was a fun event which actually drew a crowd to a Nashua game (and that's saying something)
Con: Sucked in the Olympics; his actual accomplishments are unrelated to the Can-Am League
13) Allen Mottram
Who: Spirit catcher
Pro: He is ... uh... on the Spirit. And plays baseball. He's been a pretty solid pickup for the Spirit, too. 12-for-47 with 10 walks... I won't complain about that
Con: He is slower than Jon de Vries
5) Hideki Nagasaka vs. 12) Chris Colabello
5) Hideki Nagasaka
Who: Nashua Pride publicity stunt. Oh, I mean, ace pitcher.
Pro: Brought great PR to the Pride. Is a VERY good pitcher (just got another win the other day). Seems like a cool dude.
Con: Well, he probably wouldn't be that great of a party guest since he doesn't speak much English. Also...51.1 million yen? I really hope the Pride didn't ACTUALLY pay that as the posting fee to his Japanese team. I really hope they distributed that number as a joke. Because even if he goes 25-0, with a 0.00 ERA, 51.1 million yen is still like $300,000. That's more than the entire salary of the team.
12) Chris Colabello
Who: Nashua first baseman and former Worcester legend
Pro: '05 champion. Mellifluous name. Good player.
Con: Famous? Hardly. Also, when I said 'Worcester legend,' I was being sarcastic
So, there's the four matchups. Vote away. Voting will close after TOMORROW NIGHT's game vs the Grays.