Game of the Week for October 29, 2006

Casey Kotchman with Rancho Cucamonga in 2003
Casey Kotchman hit two of the longest home runs in the history of The Epicenter on April 16, 2003.

Long-time visitors of know that every winter I post a “Minor League Game of the Week” each Sunday. The idea is to give you a baseball fix until the teams start playing again in April.

In 2003, I began recording as many webcasts as I could of the Angels minor league affiliates. The main reason was to archive some history. How cool would it be if you could listen to Tim Salmon with Edmonton in 1992 when he was named the Minor League Player of the Year, or Garret Anderson when he broke in with Boise in 1990, or Darin Erstad’s professional debut with Lake Elsinore in 1995?

No one keeps that stuff, so with the permission of the affiliates I began archiving with the use of a program called Total Recorder from High Criteria. Basically it captures anything coming over a computer’s sound card. At season’s end, I send the MP3 files on CD-ROM to each affiliate’s broadcaster to do with as he wishes, and they let me post the recordings on this site.

Webcasts are still in their infancy, suffering problems like Internet congestion, disrupted signals, power failures and whatnot. So if the original source has a problem, the recording has a problem.

Typically I’ve posted games from the season just completed, but with four years now in the archives I’m going to mix in some games from earlier seasons that have historical interest.

This week’s game is High Desert at Rancho Cucamonga, April 16, 2003. Casey Kotchman hit two of the longest home runs in the history of The Epicenter on back-to-back pitches in his first two at-bats. The game is also notable for a rehab start by Aaron Sele. There’s also a pre-game interview with Tommy Murphy, who made his major league debut this year as an outfielder; Murphy was a shortstop with the Quakes.

Click here to listen to the recording. You need Windows Media Player to play the download.

UPDATE 8:30 AM PDT — Just dug up out of the archives the video clip I shot that night of Casey’s two homers. Overlaid on the audio is Rob Brender’s calls of the homers. Click the Play button below; you need to have Windows Media Player installed on your computer to watch.

April 16, 2003: Casey Kotchman hits back-to-back homers for Rancho Cucamonga, two of the longest homers in the history of The Epicenter.

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