Brian VanderBeek

August 22, 2014

Beek’s Blog: Cheerleaders invade Thurman Field! (with video)

Pre-game ceremony puts fans in seats, roughly 500 cheerleaders on diamond

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It was quite the sight just before Friday’s national anthem at John Thurman Field when about 500 cheerleaders in matching white t-shirts took over the ballpark.

How much of a sight? See the video HERE.

Not only did the event put the spirit on the field, but it had to put a strain on local cell towers with hundreds of parents, smartphones in hand, captured the scene for posterity.

These kinds of promotions are very important to the Nuts as they continue their quest to make a run at an attendance record. Modesto entered the final seven home games of the season having drawn 150,547 fans, and Friday’s early-arriving crowd certainly gave every appearance of being the Nuts’ 11th sellout this year.


The ongoing stories about Triple-A swaps continue to gain steam, with Mike Baldwin of the Oklahoman confirming through his sources that the Dodgers would be moving to Oklahoma City for the 2015 season.

My thanks to Mike to sharing some of the credit for breaking the story (I reported it in my blog on Aug. 15), and for mentioning the earlier (July 11) reports on the A’s moving their PCL affiliate from Sacramento to Nashville, with the subsequent move of San Francisco’s Triple-A team from Fresno to Sacramento. But Mike took those reports and ran with them, doing the legwork to make it a complete story, with details that include the selling of the franchise.

You can read Mike’s story HERE.

One of the thing Mike mentions is the possibility that Colorado could be moving its Triple-A affiliate out of Colorado Springs, and it looks like his sources could be different than the ones I had when I mentioned it in the Aug. 15 blog. The Rockies are not happy with the Colorado Springs ballpark, and the final nail could have been driven late last year when funding for a new ballpark in that city was removed from an application for state funding.

We’re about 10 days away from major league teams or their affiliates filing their intents to end player development relationships at all minor league levels, and things will move quickly after that. I, for one, am very interested in which major league club moves into Fresno’s Chukchansi Park.


The Nuts did not have a single player named to the California League All-Star team released this morning. It’s the first time since 2002 Modesto has been denied a all-star roster spot, and only the third time since since 1991.

Corey Seager, shortstop for Rancho Cucamonga, was named the league’s most valuable player, while Ryan Christenson of Stockton was named manager of the year.


Jayson Aquino, 5-10, 5.40 with Modesto this season, will finish this summer in Double-A Tulsa after his promotion on Friday. There was no corresponding move, so the Nuts opened their weekend series against High Desert with 24 players on the roster.

Aquino was slated to be Modesto’s starter on Sunday. The start now is likely to be taken by Tyler Gagnon.

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