Gold Sox wind down with No-Hitter
August 6, 2012

The 2012 season has ended for the Marysville Gold Sox, but it went out with a bang. Sunday was the final night, but people who were at Saturday's game will remember it for a long time. Center fielder Tito Quiñones (Eastern New Mexico) sang the national anthem before the game, then hit a grand slam for his only home run of the year. Also, starting pitcher Nick Hudson (Cal State East Bay) hadn't given up a hit yet at that point, and didn't the entire night. Hudson was mobbed at the mound when he completed the no-hitter.

Several team records were set in 2012, including most home runs by the team, most by one player, individual batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base average were also set. After 15 straight wins to start the year, the Gold Sox ended up with a 36-11 record (.766).

As I have done the last couple of seasons, I concluded the final broadcast with a little poem about the season, and getting in some thank yous. I'm not exactly Maya Angelou or even Dr. Seuss for that matter, but here's my little diddy about the 2012 Sox...

Photo: Hudson after the no-hitter, posing with the scoreboard in the background. Instead of shaving-cream pies to the face, the Gold Sox doused Hudson with baby powder.

Well, this 2012 season has really flown by
A lot to recap, but I'll give it a try
Lots of highs, and of course a few lows
Not a complete list, but okay, here goes...

15 wins in a row, right out of the gate
Dating back to last year, 35 straight
Victor Romero—the MVP
9 homers this year. wow, what a spree!

Speaking of homers, a team record number
They gave up the most too—kind of a bummer
8 times in a game, Mitch Wilhite drove a guy in
And congrats to Jack Johnson on his 200th win.

Six walkoff wins to get us excited
No better way to get a crowd ignited
The dented car on that freak play
I'm just glad the outfielder's okay

And wow what a game, just last night!
Huddy's no-hitter—the season highlight
In the very same game, a Tito grand slammer
He even sung the Star Spangled Banner

Yes, this year has had its ups and its downs
But smiles overwhelmingly outnumbered the frowns
Five losses in a row, and three to Seattle
But the guys hung in there, and continued to battle

The trip to Humboldt, though they lost both times
Both games were close, so that was fine
The lumber mill, lunch, and a trip to the beach
Those are experiences—things you can't teach

But the season is over, and wow how time flies
The guys are downstairs, saying their goodbyes
Before we do the same, and bid our adieus
If you don't mind, first some thank yous

To (owners) Tom and Karyn (Lininger), who have been so great
No words can total how much I appreciate
To Jack, who has had to put up with me again
I can't tell you how helpful he's been

To the Assistant Coach, his name is Jim Stassi
He's what baseball's all about—nothing but classy
To Erik Lambert, head trainer extrordinaire
Ten years of memories and stories we share

To Pat and Mike, and the rest of the staff
They work hard, but can still have a laugh
Something new for me this year, I learned how to tweet
So thanks to my followers, that's pretty sweet

To my producers: Marina, Brian, Dave and Moe
The unhearalded, and real stars of the show.
To Gordon and Chris, who gave me this job
And the guys in the press box—James, Kevin and Bob

The players of course, they're all such great guys
And to all of you listening—you're tops in my eyes
To Gold Sox fans—you are the greatest
I just try to keep you up to date with the latest

Sure, this season has had some hitches
I've missed some calls, and oh, those technical glitches
Some nights on the air have been better than others
They would have all been better, if I had my druthers

As for my future, up here in the booth
I'm really not sure, to tell you the truth
Ten collegiate years, plus the pro one
All of them, have been nothing but fun

But this season's is over, its time to move on
Again—amazing how quickly it's gone
So a whole-hearted thanks to all, to me you're the bomb
This is Gold Sox baseball on KUBA, and

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