NORFOLK — Friday night at Harbor Park was:
- Cold enough for the ragtime band to play “Let it Snow” as fans entered the facility.
- Blustery to the point that the Canadian flag started ripping apart as it whipped in the wind.
- So festive that a tuxedo would not have been out of place, given the pre-game tribute and post-game cocktail party for Norfolk Tides general manager Dave Rosenfield, who is beginning his 50th year in baseball.
While conditions could have been more baseball friendly — these guys are, after all, the boys of summer — the result was fan friendly. The Tides, finally home after opening with eight games on the road, walloped the Indianapolis Indians 11-1.
Brian Daubach hit a towering grand slam in the third inning to welcome relief pitcher Mike Johnston as the Tides (4-5) broke it open.
To say the home run was wind-aided would be an understatement. And Daubach, who added a two-run homer in the eighth, didn’t find fault with those who stayed home.
Attendance was announced at 8,709, but about half that actually showed up .
“There were a lot more people out here than I thought would be, and it’s pretty cold,” said Daubach, who was 3 for 5 with seven runs batted in. Daubach’s RBI tally was one short of Phil Lombardi’s 17-year-old, single-game team record. “It’s so cold that we started to take batting practice on the field, but thought better and took it inside in the batting cages.”
Daubach said Friday’s game was the first he’d played with his 5-month-old son Caden Jack in attendance.
“I guess he brought me some good luck,” Daubach said.
i changed my LJ name to green_rozy (im original klutzyblonde523)
heres a brian article i found...it's so brian, it's sad
Daubach is back where he started with Tides
By RICH RADFORD, The Virginian-Pilot
© March 30, 2005
Last updated: 12:06 AM
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The last time Brian Daubach was in the New York Mets’ minor-league spring training camp, he was a 24-year-old who had hit a dead end.
A first baseman, Daubach had two better-than-average lefthanded hitters, Rico Brogna and Roberto Petagine, ahead of him in the organization. Daubach desperately needed a change of scenery.
That was in 1996.
Nine years later, Daubach finds himself with the Mets again, but this time as a proven commodity, a guy who will soon be wearing a 2004 World Series championship ring for his efforts with the Boston Red Sox.
This time around with the Norfolk Tides, Daubach is viewed as an insurance policy at first base for the big-league team. He will likely see time at first, in leftfield and as a designated hitter for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, the Mets’ top farm club. The Tides open their season April 6 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Daubach, 33, spent a month with the world champion Boston Red Sox last year, filling in for an injured Ellis Burks and playing 30 games for Boston. While it wasn’t like the full years he’d spent playing for the Red Sox in previous campaigns, his timing was good enough to be asked his ring size at year’s end.
And he isn’t the only player who could get a ring in the mail this spring at the Tides’ Harbor Park. Catcher Andy Dominique and relief pitcher Joe Nelson, who have both been working out this week with the Tides, also saw time with Boston last season.
“If that happens, we’ll have our own little ring ceremony in Norfolk,” said Daubach, who batted .227 for the Red Sox. While he was in Pawtucket for 93 games last year, he hit .271 with 21 home runs and 81 RBIs.
There wasn’t much celebrating the last time Daubach appeared in a Tides uniform. Daubach was a late-season call-up from Double-A in 1996 and his chances of getting noticed were slim, since his playing time in Norfolk was limited to occasional pinch hitting and the rare start.
“I actually wanted to go back to Double-A Binghamton so I could get back in the lineup every day,” Daubach said. “At the time, changing organizations was the best thing for me. I hadn’t had much luck with the Mets. I’d injured an ACL and wasn’t really a very good player yet.”
That would all change. The following winter, Daubach was acquired by the Florida Marlins, who sent him to Charlotte. In 1998, Daubach hit .316 with 35 home runs and 124 RBIs for Charlotte. He ended the year making his major league debut with the Marlins. The following season, he was playing as a regular for the Boston Red Sox.
In seven seasons of off-and-on play in the majors, Daubach has had some spectacular moments while collecting 92 career home runs and 330 RBIs. His contributions earned him a big payday in 2002, when he signed a free-agent deal with the Red Sox for $2.325 million.
Yet, Daubach has never let the major-league experience warp him. On Monday, the Tides played a spring training exhibition with Albuquerque, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. Daubach hit a two-run homer and showed he could still pick it with the best, digging a throw out of the dirt at first base in the late innings.
But it was what he did after the exhibition that showed Daubach still knows the humble beginnings from where he once came.
Long after his teammates had departed the dugout and headed for the clubhouse, Daubach was picking up the last remaining equipment … and it wasn’t all his. He carried three bags to the clubhouse, two that belonged to a couple of the younger Tides.
“He’s just got a great attitude,” Tides manager Ken Oberkfell said. “He’s the last out of the dugout and he’s cleaning up after his teammates? Not everyone does that. He’s got the experience and he’s a veteran player.”
With the moves, the Mets have 59 players in Major League camp, including 20 non-roster invitees. The minor league camp has 158 players, including former Boston Red Sox first baseman Brian Daubach, who signed this week.
^^ from mets.scout.com
i heard that brian signed with the mets? is this true
Happy 33rd birthday Dauby!!!!!
Any word on the baby?
it's been a long while since someone has posted here so you know what, hell, i'll do the first post.
has anybody heard about if his wife had the baby yet? i hope everything has gone well with that.
i have no clue if anyone has heard this but in Nov. Dauber was charged with DUI...has had to pat a 2,500 dollar fine and treatment for it....people make at least one bad choice in life...hopefully he wont do this again :-)
Hey guys, I'm new. My name is Courtney and I'm from Thomaston, CT.
The first Red sox game I ever went to was Aug 31st, 1999. I got a ball from someone in the Kansas City bullpen. I was so excited and I figured I should get it signed. So I went over to the first baseline and waited for the players to come over. Fortunatly, Brian came over and signed my ball and I talked to him for a bit. He is so soft spoken and adorable.
Anyways, I've liked Dauby since then, he's out clutch guy. I hope they bring him up when they expand the rosters, and I hope his wife's pregnancy is going along well, and that they have a healthy child
me and my friend went to a paw sox game tonight. The reason I wanted to go was to meet brian daubach but she got out of work late and we only got standing room seats which kinda sucked, so i thought my chances of meet brian daubach were close to none. But this guy sitting next to us said that you can catch the players as they walked out to there car. So i thought why not give it a try, so we got behind where all there cars are and there were these guys and they were there like everyday to get autographs and they told mme where brian daubachs car was. THen I met these two other boys one who loved daubach too so us for waited by is car. The guys were wicked nice....we waited and waited...then he came out :) and he gave us both quick autographs cause the annoying people who are there everyday were comming. Then when we walked away and he drove by us he stoped and rolled down his window and yelled to me that he liked my shirt cause i had daubach on it Lol i know it does not sound like much. But i have had a sucky summer and that Just made my summer!!!! AHhh my so happy!
Does anybody have any idea of why brian daubach is always (and has always) worn long sleeve shirts. Every time i've seen him play (including in 90 degree weather), in every picture i can find of him... Including batting practice, autograph signings, and in games... he always has a long sleeve shirt on...
Anyone have any ideas??
Whats your name? Sara
Where are you from? Upton MA
Whats your favourite MLB team? Red Soxxxx
Favourite Player? Dauby, Trot, David Ortiz, Manny, Faulk, Go on forever...
Howd you find us? interests
Favourite Brian Memory. When he hit the HR against the Red Sox.
Favourite baseball memory. Payoffs last year....maybe not my favourite but ill always remember that
How many games a year do you average? 2-3