Whit Gets To THE BIG SHOW

    Whit Merrifield
    BobLee
    June21/ 2017

    Originally Posted July 2016

    Several years ago I related a chance encounter in The VVIP Moricle Suite at a Wake Forest football game.  I met a young man nWhit Merrifieldamed Whit Merrifield. He is a baseball player in the Kansas City Royals’ organization.   He grew up in Davie County / Advance NC.

    We all use “tells” when we meet someone the first time.  These “tells” can be from their physical appearance…. their handshake…. their eyes…. or just “a vibe”.  Of course the “tells” can be positive or negative but begin a process of forming an opinion about that person. …. with Whit Merrifield the “tells” were all very very positive.  He was (is) a very impressive young man.

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    He received the ultimate compliment from Blondie …. “WOW, we need to introduce him to Kid a/k/a “our daughter”!”

    We had a short but very pleasant conversation.  I was introduced to Whit by his Dad – Bill – who is an executive with The Deacon Club.

    Oh… Father, Bill, was All-American and ACC Player of the Year in baseball at Wake Forest … Mother, Kissy, played tennis at Wake Forest.   The Merrifields are WINNERS!

    Whit USCHave I mentioned that Whit was a vital cog in Ray Tanner’s Gamecock National Champions at South Carolina?   In 2010 Whit got the winning hit in the 11th inning to give the Championship to USC in Omaha.   Whit Merrifield IS A WINNER.

    Last week Whit Merrifield “got called up”…. after seven years and 683 games “in the minors”…. Whit Merrifield is LIVING THE DREAM.

    Whit joins Jeremy Hazelbaker of The Cardinals in my Good Guys To Pull For In The Big Leagues.

    Surely you remember Jeremy as a “veteran minor leaguer who is finally getting his shot in “The Show”…. LINK.

    Whit Merrifield’s Pro Baseball Stats.

    http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=593160#/career/R/hitting/2016/ALL

    Whit’s first “Big League” hit last week was against The Red Sox’ David Price….. one of the Top 3-4 pitchers in baseball.   Not too shabby…..

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    I don’t know the circumstances of Whit’s “call up” whether it is (1) to temporarily replace an injured player or (2) because The Royals are struggling a bit and are looking for Whit to “provide a spark”.   Regardless, professional baseball is all about “producing” when you get your opportunity.

    Nothing “just happens”.   I was channel surfing on Sunday and found the Royals v White Sox game and THERE WAS WHIT.   I started watching and THERE WERE BILL & KISSY and Whit’s Very Proud Grandfather in the stands in Chicago….. Living The Dream With Their Son.

    Whit is a “utility player” which should increase his value to The Royals.  He can play multiple IF and OF positions.  He is doing VERY WELL in his first week…. but, as with Hazelbaker, once the pitchers get “a book” on you and earn the holes in your swing…. it gets tougher.   Hazelbaker is hitting a respectable .270 with 7-8 HRs and playing solid defense so he will likely “stick around”.

    Here’s a Big BobLee Wish that Whit Merrifield also “sticks around”….. and Lives The Dream in the Big Leagues” for many years to come.

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    UNC’s Matt Harvey a/k/a “The Dark Knight” of The Mets is having “a REALLY rough year” to be kind.   From Darling of The Big Apple a year or so ago…. with Gotham at his beck & call…. to “struggling quite unsuccessfully to get guys out”.    Baseball is “all about production”.

    NCState’s Carlos Rodon is doing well in the rotation with the ChiSox.   Carlos’ teammate with the Pack – Trea Turner – is on schedule to be the shortstop of the future for The Nationals.

    Pinecrest HS / ECU’s Seth Maness (Cardinals’ Reliever) is on the DL with an inflamed elbow… his career “at a crossroads”.

    UNC’s Andrew Miller is a “stopper” in the Yankee bullpen.   Another UNC pitcher Adam Warren is part of Joe Madden’s bullpen corps with The Cubs…. Another UNCer – Kyle Seager is a veteran leader with The Mariners at 3B.

    Catawba County’s Madison Baumgartner continues to be The Ace for the Giants.

    Dustin Ackley (UNC), now clean-shaven with The Yankees, continues “to really struggle”.   His “production” has never approached expectations.   Baseball can be “cruel”.

    I’m sure there are other “locals” too.

    baseball

    BobLee
    • Tom the Wuff Reply
      3 years ago

      Great to enjoy the “successes” of home-town boys as well as those with some affiliation to the state of North Carolina. I was born and reared in Hickory, so Madison is a hero there! It is indeed an amazing feat to make it to the majors when considering just how many lower levels exist out there! Supporting Major League Baseball are (by my count) some 303 minor league teams comprising 10 different leagues (46 teams in AAA; 30 in AA; 82 in A which includes 30 in Advanced, 30 in Regular and 22 in the A Short Season; 18 teams in Rookie Advanced and 31 teams in Rookie Regular; 34 teams in Dominican Summer and 6 in the Fall League PLUS 56 teams in the Independent League)! Whew! THEN you multiply those 303 teams by some number (usually 25 players on a roster, but many of those would be on multiple teams within a year, so just use 10 for easy math) and you got 3000+ guys out there playing professionally who are NOT in MLB plus thousands more “wannabes!” And some dad out there is pissed cause his great little league player didn’t even make the middle school team! Do the math, dad! Cheers again to those who “make it!”

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        What are the odds? And once one “makes it”, staying there is another issue. Whit is doing GREAT after two weeks. Jeremy is wavering and might not.

    • oldwuf vet Reply
      3 years ago

      The Davie County Enterprise Record (the only paper newspaper I still subscribe to) did another write up on Whit getting called up this week. We’re excited.
      Regarding the paper; kinda nice being able to stick my head in the door at the Davie Co. Ent Rec and give Dwight the editor an”atta boy” if his latest column hit the mark. Always feel better after i read that paper.
      One of those towns you talk about?

      • oldwuf vet Reply
        3 years ago

        By “town”, I meant Mocksville. Advance has never really been a “town”.

    • Alton Britt (Wilson, NC) Reply
      3 years ago

      Sorry-I meant Shelton Chesson!

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        I know my Chessons! 🙂

    • Alton Britt (Wilson, NC) Reply
      3 years ago

      Bill Merrifield, Whit’s father, was an All-State SS on Rocky Mount Senior High’s State Championship Baseball team in 1980 under Coach George Kelley and asst. coach, Wes Chesson. Chesson was the center-fielder for Williamston High School when Gaylord Perry was the star pitcher!

      FYI

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        Huh??? I thought Wes was from Edenton… And there is a significant age difference with Gaylord Perry??? Wes is my age and Gaylord at least 5 years older. Yes. I do recall that Father Bill was from RM ….

        • Charlotte Wuffie Reply
          3 years ago

          You are correct BL. Perry is 10 years older than Chesson.

          • BobLee Reply
            3 years ago

            Wes is my age so I knew it wasn’t him. Apparently he meant another Chesson, not Edenton’s Wes (or Earl).

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