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Last Monday, June 7, the Great Lakes Loons used their off-day to hit the links at the beautiful Bucks Run Golf Club with a number of friends from the Great Lakes Bay Region for the second annual ’Swing with the Loons’. The event is one of the Michigan Baseball Foundation’s major fundraisers and pairs each participating group with one Loons player for 18-holes of golf.
The following is a photo recap of the event:
Loons closer Luis Vasquez approaches this steep shot, getting special instructions from Larry Barco, one of his teammates in the MidMichigan Health group.
After a few swings and misses, Vasquez surrenders his club to the group, while laughing at his lack of skill. It’s ok though, because he’s got 11 saves and a 1.54 ERA.
Here, catcher Gorman Erickson and the Fabiano group follow one of their teammates tee-shots at one of the courses four par threes, all of which had a special hole-in-one prize waiting to be claimed.
On the Hole Four tee-box, Bob Rathbun soft tosses a golf ball to Loons slugger Jerry Sands who takes a swing under the beautiful skies. The ball landed in the water, but spirits remained high for the Chemical Bank team, who eventually finished second overall.
At the end of the day, it was pitcher Jordan Roberts and the Bierlein team who finished the day with the lowest score.
In second place was Jerry Sands and the Chemical Bank Team.
The third place finishers were the Fisher Companies Team, accompanied by Loons DH/1B Jaime Ortiz.
Thanks again to everyone involved in the event, it was a tremendous success!
It started at the beginning of the Loons 10-game homestand on May 28, when Brian Cavazos-Galvez busted out the Fro-Hawk. Then Galvez took the scissors to outfielder Blake Smith’s hair to create his Faux-Hawk. Now one week later, almost half of the Great Lakes Loons wear the bold hair-style and, though it didn’t start that way, has become a symbol of their push for a mid-season playoff berth.
Blake Smith filled-in From the Nest about the goings-on in the clubhouse. He claimed that catcher Gorman Erickson, donning a subtle faux-hawk of his own, is the main hair stylist for the team and made a collective decision with Galvez to go with the Fro-Hawk.
“It started off as a little fun,” he said. “But now I think it’s turned into something, you know, guys are starting to hit.”
While Smith sees a growth in on-field production, a few Loons remain reluctant.
“There’s still a little resistance, a few people aren’t buying into it all the way, but hopefully the other mo-hawkers can convince them.”
“JT [Wise] was a little hard to get,” Smith explained. “Because he had that big mop of hair, but yea, we got it on him, and you know I think that’ll help change the others’ thoughts.”
For now, pitcher Andy Suiter and infielder Austin Yount stand tall with locks of flowing hair, but may soon look like their surrounding teammates J.T. Wise and Steve Smith.
To this point the following players have made the ‘Move to Mo’: Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Blake Smith, Gorman Erickson, Rafael Ynoa, J.T. Wise, Luis Vasquez, Jerry Sands, Steve Smith, Andy Suiter and Brett Wallach.