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On Monday, September 15, a number of A's players traded in their Louisville Sluggers in favor of golf clubs. Several groups from the team golfed in the annual Milton Kiwanis Club charity Golf Tournament at Presidents' Golf Course in Quincy.
The tournament featured almost 100 golfers from the South Shore and Boston, including a number of current and former Al Thomas players. The Milton Kiwanis Club serves the Milton community and surrounding areas as an organization of goodwill and support.This event is Kiwanis' major fundraiser of the year, enabling them to carry out their many community services, such as scholarships to high school seniors, distribution of Thanksgiving dinners, financial help to the needy at Christmas, and financial support of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, as well as many other charitable works.
A huge highlight of the day was a special raffle that featured a Grand Prize of two premium 50-yardline tickets to see the New England Patriots battle against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday September 21, 2008 (donted by Al Thomas)!
The great day of golf was followed by a catered luncheon with awards, prizes and many raffle items. Golfers are looking forward to the 2009 tournament on Monday, September 14th!
Former Al Thomas A's and University of Michigan lefty Rich Hill was traded Monday to the Baltimore Orioles. The Miltonite found himself in a logjam of pitchers at the beginning of the 2008 season with the Cubs, and after a 1-0 start, he was sent to AAA Iowa to work on some mechanics. A bothersome back plagued Rich the entire season as he struggled to regain his command with the ailment.
Having spent a few months pitching in Venezuela this winter, Hill was hoping to pinpoint the cause of his back problems and put the affliction behind him. Now, although he enters a fiercely competitive American League East, Rich is looking forward to a fresh start in a new organization. He will be given every opportunity to make the rotation out of spring training.
On Saturday, September 20, 2008, 16 members of the Al Thomas Club traded in their bats for golf clubs at Riverbend Country Club in West Bridgewater. Veterans Brian Powers, Chris Malloy and George Grant planned the first annual Chief Joe Golf Open as an end-of-the-year gathering for the team. While a number of the players were off at school, four foursomes took to the links on a beautiful 70-degree day.
The winning foursome of John Foley, Aidan Powers, Liam Powers and Joe O'Hara defeated the squad of Brian Powers, Chris Malloy, Mark Daly and Chris Burke in a cardoff. The victors were awarded the Elf Moon Trophy in a subtle ceremony in the parking lot of the golf course.
Chuck Killens won the Most Shots Award, which had nothing to do with golf, and Matt Hallisey won the Cinnamon-Tabasco Award. The tournament directors wish to thank the event sponsors - Riverbend CC, Cagney's, Franks' Place and 'Swa's.
With a tired and injured pitching staff having played 7 games in 9 days, the Al Thomas Club was in need of some help. On Sunday, it came in the form of yet another rookie, Steve Lambert, who had tossed 5 innings on Wednesday. "Lambo" took the hill and after an inauspicious start, settled down to earn a complete game victory, 4-3, yielding one earned run and striking out 10.
With the win, the A's still cling to the 8th and final playoff spot with 2 games remaining. The McKay Club sits at 4 points behind, with 3 games in hand...