Bundled up loyalists at Cobb’s Hill watch East stay undefeated.

Bundled up loyalists at Cobb’s Hill watch East stay undefeated.

Ariane came to see her son Sam Sheldon play second base.



Democrat and Chronicle, 4/13/17

Yesterday was one of those April afternoons when we realize anew why high school baseball can be a chilly affair.

At Cobb’s Hill, the sky was dank and the wind whirling.  Nonetheless, about 50 loyal fans watched as the East Eagles rallied to beat the Monroe Redjackets to remain unbeaten at 5 – 0.

Ariane (above) came to see her son Sam Sheldon play second base. Huddled in her blanket, Ariane scoffed at what she called the fair weather fans who took a rain check on the blustery afternoon.

Pablo Agosto and his son Joey and nephew were there to cheer on Jodi at shortstop. Pablo even gave Jodi some batting tips between innings.

Jose Alicia (who you met in Excitement grows) came to watch his cousin Joel.  A little chilly wind never keeps him away.

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Greg Doud who came to see his grandson Tyrone Roundtree play. see Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters.


East Athletic Director Eric Robinson was cheering on the squad that made it to the Sectional Finals last year.  Robinson said this year non-league teams were leery of playing East for fear of losing sectional points.


Amazingly spry at 90, Humberto Marquez can be seen at many Cobb’s Hill baseball games.

Pam and Terry Crandall were there to watch their son Kyle coach the comeback.

And always at the game is stalwart Greg Doud (who you also met in Excitement grows).

Greg was there to watch his grandson Tyrone Roundtree play third base.  Greg recalled how his father came to every one of his games when he played for McQuaid in the late 60’s and now Greg returns the favor.  Greg mentioned that these high school years are really just blips in the player’s lives so every moment should be savored.Greg says it’s the fans job to show up and show love and — as importantly — to respect the game itself.

The Monroe side had its own stalwart, spry 90 year old Humberto Marquez whose age I didn’t believe until he showed me his driver’s license. In 1955 Humberto came to Rochester from Puerto Rico where he played semi-pro.  Humberto actually doesn’t like hot weather; her prefers the Rochester weather than keeps him feeling lively.  Rain or shine, he’s been coming to games at Cobb’s Hill for decades even Humberto doesn’t personally know any of the players.


Pre-game warmup


Pre game meeting with umpires

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East loyalists

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Second baseman Sam Sheldon whose mother Ariane came to see play.


Third baseman Tyrone Roundtree whose grandfather Greg Doud came to see play.

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Jose Alicea (center) who came to see his cousin Joel play. see Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters.

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Keeping warm

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Pam and Terry Crandall, parents of East’s Coach Kyle Crandall.

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East’s Athletic Director Eric Robinson with designated hitter Victor Rivera. Victor’s career goal is to be a Rochester police office.

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Catcher Eric Maldonado on deck.

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Pablo Agosto offering his son, shortstop Jodi, some batting tips.

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Monroe fans had a lot to cheer about when the Redjackets took a 6- 2 lead.


Monroe scorekeeper

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Post game handshakes.

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Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters.

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Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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