FAU in the Summer Leagues
My parents live between Staunton and Waynesboro, about 20 and 10 minutes away from each stadium, respectively. There are others, such as Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, that are about 30 minutes away. In short, it is easy to see somebody from FAU just about every day. If anyone happens to be traveling throught the Shenandoah Valley in June or July, or up near DC, there will be some FAU players you can see.
The FAU summer players as I know them by tracking the rosters are:
In the Valley League:
Staunton (VA) Braves: Kevin Abraham
Charles Town* (WV) Cannons: Weston Clemente, Gunnar Lambert
Woodstock (VA) River Bandits: Esteban Puerta
* Not to be confused with Charleston, the capital. Charles Town in in the eastern panhandle, almost due west of DC (people actually commute to DC from there)
In the Cal Ripken League, we have some on the Bethesda Big Train (I believe still owned or operated by Hugh Adam's father):
If you are heading towards New England, in the Cape Cod League:
Bourne (Monument Beach MA) Braves: CJ Chatham
Harwich (MA) Mariners: Sean Labsan
If anyone is going to up in the Shenandoah Valley, or up near DC, and wants to hook up for a game, let me know. I doubt I'll make any Cape Cod League games this summer.
I don't think it is a coincidence that Bethesda Big Train (BBT) a lot of our pitchers. They'll keep and eye on them, and not let them throw too many innings. Otherwise we would be shutting them down a bit in fall practice. There seems to be a very nice connection between BBT and FAU. Bo Logan was the Ripken League MVP for BBT a few years ago, and he, Labsan and Rhodes played there last year. FAU has a pretty good following up that way.
Labsan is in the Cape Cod league, same team on which Sanger and McGarry played last year.
If you go to a game, be sure to wear some FAU gear so the guys know you are there for them. It is more informal, and you can go down and talk to them before or after a game. Just go to the dugout and call their name. They seem to really like having a connection to back home for a few minutes. Last year I went to one game, and heard my name being called, and turned around to see Stephen Kerr and Billy Endris running up behind me. That made my whole season up there. I saw Puerta and Bonilla up there last year as well. I'll never forget talking with Mesa after a game a few years ago. He wasn't handling the mountain roads very well. I got the impression he was getting car sick. Santiago became my parents' favorite Owl because he played in Staunton after his freshman year, and they we able to see him.
Here is the website for the Wisconsin league.