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Local athletes make their marks countrywide

POSTED May 31, 2012
BY Patrick Tiscia
Twitter: @PatrickTiscia


About 57 times per year, the "this is the best time of the sports year" argument is broken out.

While I'm not about to start it again, let me just say I kind of admire the stretch we're currently in.

And I feel like talking about it...

As expected, Torrington's Jordan Williams will play with the Brooklyn Nets' summer league team in Orlando from July 9-13. Unlike last year, when the lockout went down almost immediately after the draft, Williams will have a full summer of training in the Nets' structure, which should be a big help for him to build on his strong play over the last six weeks of the season.

Also, it will be interesting to see what kind of team the Nets will have next season. Currently, they only have four players under contract, including Williams, and the summer of "Will Deron Williams stay or go?" questions is about to begin.

If I was a betting man, I'd bet he will stay because the Nets can offer him the most money. But I don't bet much to the chagrin of bookies everywhere.

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Former Shepaug pitcher Evan Scribner is off to a fast start for the Oakland A's Triple A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats. In 20 appearances, Scribner is 2-0 with 3.64 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP, striking out 32 and only walking eight in 29 innings of work.

Scribner, who saw time in the Majors last season with the San Diego Padres, should get a look eventually from an Oakland team going nowhere anytime soon.

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I made my way down to Camden Yards two weeks ago and the usual theme I pick up on when I go there is why couldn't the two New York teams followed the model of this stadium when they built their parks?

Camden Yards was in place 13 years before the Yankees or Mets even broke ground on their stadiums and still, neither of these teams built a venue that comes even close to it.

Sad. And frustrating.

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Why is it the Giants can't go through an OTA, training camp, in-season practice or even simple workout without someone tearing their ACL or breaking a bone?

Hakeem Nicks (broken foot) and Brian Witherspoon (torn ACL for the second straight year) kept that tradition alive last week in the Giants' OTAs, which, if you didn't know, are no contact practices.

The question is: Who's next?

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Finally, congrats to my former Fox 61 colleague Tony Terzi, who received a great thrill last Saturday when he got to handle the public address duties for the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Each game, the Red Sox play the Hartford Whalers' old theme song, The Brass Bonanza, when they score their first run, so needless to say I was excited when I heard Tony, who was the Whalers' PA man at one point, announce a player's name with that song in the background.

Was I probably the only one of Saturday's National TV audience who tied that in together? Probably, and I'm proud of it.

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