Cleveland Indians All-Star pitcher Chris Perez, wife Melanie and son Maxwell take in the sights and sounds during the Major League Baseball All-Star game’s red carpet ride through downtown Phoenix. Islander Photo: Courtesy Deb Bell
Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez delivers a pitch in the sixth inning of the 2011 All-Star game. Islander Photo: Courtesy Deb Bell
Former Islander named a MLB All-Star
Former Island resident Chris Perez recently represented his Cleveland Indians baseball team at the Major League baseball 2011 All-Star game in Phoenix July 4-6. Chris, whose dad Tim Perez lives in Holmes Beach, is in his fourth year in the majors and third year with the Indians.
Last year he took over as the Indians’ closer midway through the season, after Kerry Wood went on the disabled list. Perez then posted 23 saves and a sparkling 1.63 earned run average while striking out 61 batters in 63 innings.
This season, Chris has 22 saves and an impressive 2.36 ERA as well as his first All-Star berth that saw him pitch a scoreless sixth inning, striking out reigning National League MVP Joey Votto.
Dad Tim is obviously a proud papa. “His achievements so far are beyond any expectations I had. To make it at all is something to be proud of, but to make an All-Star team and do what he’s doing is unbelievable.”
Tim Perez went on to say that Chris was very excited and proud to make the All-Star team, especially since he was voted in by his MLB peers.
Tim Perez and the rest of Chris’ family, including his mother, Julie, wife Melanie and 10-month-old son Maxwell joined him in Phoenix to take in all the sights and sounds of All-Star weekend, including the Futures Game, the Red Carpet Parade, Home Run Derby and, of course, the All-Star game.
They stayed at the Biltmore along with the players, coaches and media and met ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons and former stars Reggie Jackson and Ernie Banks among others.
During the Home Run Derby, Tim and the rest of the Perez family watched from 15 rows behind the dugout while Chris took his son Maxwell down to the field. Tim Perez said that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but one that he hopes to experience again.
And dad came back from his whirlwind trip to Phoenix with a little extra gift from son Chris. Chris gave him his All-Star ring as a Father’s Day gift, telling his dad that he wouldn’t be a baseball player if it weren’t for his efforts.
Congratulations to Tim and the rest of the proud Perez family from The Islander.
Youth soccer continues
Indoor soccer action continues in the gym at the Anna Maria Island Community Center with three games every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Three games into the season in the age 6-9 division has Fran Maxon Real Estate and Island Dental Spa on top of the standings with matching 2-0-1 records. Southern Greens is in third followed by Beach Bums.
The age 10-12 division has Mr. Grout on top with a 3-0 record that will be hard to blemish as they’ve won those games by an average score of 16-2. LaPensee Plumbing is at 2-1 with Pink & Navy Boutique.
Island Dental Spa is tied for the 6-9 lead thanks to a pair of victories. They defeated Beach Bums 4-2 July 11 behind three goals from Luke Marvin and one goal from Charlie Halfacre. Ashton Pennell and Tyler Brewer each scored one goal for Beach Bums.
Fran Maxon Real Estate won its only game last week, taking Beach Bums 4-2 behind two goals from Ozzy Lonzo and a goal apiece from Sam Bowers and Taro de Haan. Tyler Brewer and Tuna McCracken each scored one goal to lead the Beach Bums in the loss.
July 13 saw Island Dental Spa roll past Southern Greens 7-1 behind three goals from Ava Zink, two from Luke Marvin and one goal from Ryan Joseph. Lilah Naeher scored the lone goal for Southern Greens in the loss.
Mr. Grout smoothed out Pink & Navy Boutique 13-3 in 10-12 division action July 11. Dylan Joseph led the way with three goals, while Michael Latimer, Nico Colacci and Mychael Depanto scored two goals apiece. Javiar Salgado, Jake Miller, Ethan Jenkins and Sydney Cornell each added single goals in the victory. Sydney Morrow scored three goals to lead Pink & Navy Boutique in the loss.
LaPensee Plumbing took out Sandbar 15-2 in 10-12 division action July 12. Robbie Fellowes scored five goals and brother Ryan added four goals to lead the LaPensee attack that also saw two goals apiece from Carlos Cruz and James Whyte. Stephen Whyte completed the scoring with one goal. Aiden Grumley scored both goals for Sandbar in the loss.
Mr. Grout won the battle of unbeatens in emphatic fashion, defeating LaPensee Plumbing 13-1 behind three goals from Sydney Cornell and two goals apiece from Ethan Jenkins, Mychael Depanto, Javiar Salgado and Michael Latimer. Nico Colacci and Dylan Joseph completed the Mr. Grout scoring with one goal each. Carlos Cruz notched the lone goal for LaPensee Plumbing in the loss.
Pink & Navy earned its first victory of the short season with a 6-2 win over Sandbar July 13. Shelby Morrow and Grace Bowers led the way for Pink & Navy with two goals apiece, including a beautiful full-volley goal by Bowers off of a nice feed from Brooke Capparelli late in the game. Jessica Schafer and Sydney Morrow each added one goal in the victory. Joe Rogers and Nico Calleja scored one goal apiece for Sandbar in the loss.
MartiniVille hangs onto unbeaten record — barely
With another week of adult flag football action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is in the books and two things stand out. Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins is now clicking. And the MartiniVille Saints won’t easily surrender their No. 1 spot in the standings.
Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins absolutely destroyed Sato Real Estate Browns 46-20 in the second game July 14. That gives the Dolphins a 4-1 record and puts them right on the heels of the Saints. Which brings us to point two and the Saints and the Integrity Sound Redskins battle to a 26-26 tie that went to overtime without a winner.
Beach to Bay Bucs rolled past Slim’s Place Patriots 41-21 in the night’s opening game, while the Sun Panthers edged Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers 21-20 in the final game of the evening.
The week ends with MartiniVille sporting a 4-0-1 record, which puts them alone in first place and Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins in second. The tie moves Integrity Sounds into third with a 2-2-1 record, while Tyler’s Ice Cream Steelers, Sato Real Estate Browns, Sun Panthers and Beach to Bay Bucs have matching 2-3 records. Slim’s Place Patriots occupy the “Charmin” position with a 1-4 record.
Two teams emerged from pool play during July 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Jeff Moore and Jerry Disbrow defeated the team of Steve Doyle and Jay Disbrow 22-14 in the finals.
Only the team of Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels managed three pool-play wins and were outright champs July 13. Jay Disbrow and Norm Good earned two wins to come in second place.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.