The Pacific Coast League: Bacon Edition

It’s back to bacon as I continue my quest to link every minor league team back to Kevin Bacon in a fun but unusual game of Six Degrees Of Separation. This time, I’m taking a look at the Pacific Coast League.

Albuquerque Isotopes

Link 1) In the TV show In Plain Sight, a character named Raphael Ramirez is a former minor league player with the Isotopes. He is played by Cristián de la Fuentes who was also in the TV show Royal Pains with Campbell Scott. Scott was is Dying Young with Julia Roberts who was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) The Isotopes also have a fan in actor Bryan Cranston who has been to a few games and wore an Isotopes hat in a season two episode of Breaking Bad. Cranston and Kevin Bacon both appeared on Hank Azaria’s documentary series Fatherhood and can be seen in episode six which is on YouTube.

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Walter White rocking the Isotopes hat. (Photo: AMC)

Link 3) Joc Pederson played in Albuquerque for 121 games in 2014. He had a small cameo in the TV show Can I Hang? The main star was Paul Rodriguez who was in a movie called Vicious Circle with Trevor Wright. Wright was in the CSI: New York episode titled Risk and the main star of that show is Gary Sinise who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

El Paso Chihuahuas

Link 1) Cody Decker played for the Chihuahuas in 2014 and 2015.  Decker was a security guard in a 2015 episode of State Of Affairs which stars Katherine Heigl. She was in The Nut Job with Brendan Fraser who was in The Air I Breathe with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Jeff Francoeur played in El Paso in 2014 and played alongside Chipper Jones for Team USA during the first World Baseball Classic in 2006. Chipper Jones is one of the co-owners of the Outdoor Channel show Buck Commander and another co-owner is Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. He was a guest star on the show Last Man Standing with Tim Allen. Allen was in Big Trouble with Rene Russo who was in Showtime with Robert De Niro. De Niro and Kevin Bacon both starred in the movie Sleepers.

Fresno Grizzlies

Link 1) The movie Parental Guidance featured Billy Crystal as the voice of the Fresno Grizzlies. They even shot scenes for the movie at Chukchansi Park. He was in Analyze That with Robert De Niro who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

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Billy Crystal shooting scenes for Parental Guidance at Chukchansi Park in Fresno. (Photo credit: Business Street Online)

Link 2) San Francisco Giants players Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey both made stops in Fresno with Posey suiting up for the Grizzlies in 2009 and 2010 and Bumgarner playing for them in 2010. The pair were also in the TV special It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown which was hosted by Kristen Bell. She voiced Anna in the animated movie Ralph Breaks The Internet with John C. Reilly voicing Ralph. Reilly was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Then we have pitcher Brian Wilson who was with Fresno from 2005-2007. He was a client on the TV show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles appearing in a season eight episode titled Major League Listings. Another athlete appearing on that episode was Kris Humphries who is the ex-husband of Kim Kardashian. She appeared alongside Denise Richards in Deep In The Valley and Richards was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Iowa Cubs

Link 1) Infielder Mark Grace playing for the Iowa Cubs back in 1988. His former wife Michelle was also once married to actor Ray Liotta who was Kevin Costner’s dad in Field Of Dreams. Costner was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher Kerry Wood had stints with the Iowa Cubs in  1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, and 2006. He was in a documentary about the Chicago Cubs called We Believe which was narrated by Gary Sinise. He starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Link 3) Mark Prior suited up for Iowa in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006. He was one of several baseball players interviewed about Sammy Sosa for the documentary ESPN SportsCentury. One of the other players interviewed was Mark McGwire. He had a guest starring role on Mad About You in the episode titled Virtual Reality II with Helen Hunt. She was in Twister with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

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Mark McGwire on Mad About You. (Photo credit: NBC and the Palm Beach Post)

Las Vegas Aviators

Link 1) Cody Decker played for the Las Vegas 51s for 46 games in 2017.  Decker was a security guard in a 2015 episode of State Of Affairs which stars Katherine Heigl. She was in The Nut Job with Brendan Fraser who was in The Air I Breathe with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Matt Kemp played in 44 games for Las Vegas during the 2006 season. In 2015, he was a guest on Larry King Now. Larry King has interviewed Kevin Bacon several times on his show.

Link 3) John Kruk was in Las Vegas for the 1984 and 1985 seasons and part of the 1986 season. He had a small role in the movie The Fan which starred Robert De Niro who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) We can also connect to Bacon a second time through John Kruk. He was the announcer in the movie American Pastime which starred Olesya Rulin. She is best-known from her role as Kelsi in the High School Musical movies alongside Zac Efron. Efron was in The Lucky One with Blythe Danner who voiced a character in Beyond All Boundaries with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Third time’s a charm as we can also connect through another one of John Kruk’s cameos. In The Sandlot: Heading Home, the third installment in the Sandlot series, he played a coach in the movie which costarred Luke Perry. Perry was in The Fifth Element with Gary Oldman who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Criminal Law.

Memphis Redbirds

Link 1) David Freese suited up for Memphis during in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013. He had a guest star role on a TV show called Work It in season one, episode 13. One of his costers was Amaury Nolasco. He was in Max Payne with Mark Wahlberg who was in Patriot’s Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) During the 2003 season, Joe Girardi played for the Redbirds for 18 games. He had a voice cameo in the animated movie Henry & Me. The main character Henry was voiced by Richard Gere. He was in Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts who was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Jon Jay has played for Memphis in 2008, 2009, 2010, and rehab stints in 2012 and 2015. Jay was part of a goodwill trip to Cuba which was led by Joe Torre and Dave Winfield. Torre had a voice cameo in the animated movie Everyone’s Hero. The voice cast also included Whoopi Goldberg who was in Ghost with Demi Moore. She costarred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Nashville Sounds

Link 1) Pitcher R.A. Dickey spent the 2007 season playing for the Sounds where he was named the 2007 Pacific Coast League Pitcher Of The Year. He was a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman which aired on July 11, 2012. Another guest that night was Bryan Cranston. He voiced the lead character chief in the animated movie Isle Of Dogs. Another member of the voice cast was Edward Norton. He was in Birdman with Emma Stone who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Hall Of Famer Trevor Hoffman made 42 appearances for the Sounds back in 1992. He was in a TV movie called The Players Club which included many other former players including Bo Jackson. He was in a movie called Fakin’ Da Funk with Ernie Hudson. Hudson was in The Cowboy Way with Kiefer Sutherland who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

New Orleans Baby Cakes

Link 1) The Shrine On Airline, home of the New Orleans Baby Cakes, has been a filming location for several productions including the baseball movie Mr. 3000 starring Bernie Mac. Mac was in Ocean’s Eleven with Brad Pitt who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another production to use the Shrine was Failure To Launch starring Sarah Jessica Parker. She was in Mars Attacks! One of her costars was Jack Nicholson who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Link 3) Former baseball player Brady Anderson also visited the ballpark back in 2007 to film an episode of Pros vs Joes. He also had a guest appearance on the show Sabrina The Teenage Witch. (Season 1, Episode 14) The show starred Melissa Joan Hart who was in Drive Me Crazy with Adrian Grenier. He was in The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Pitcher Brad Lidge suited up for what was then the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2002. with 24 appearances. He had a cameo in the documentary Keep The Faith. Another cameo was by Jim Belushi who was in The Hollow Point with Patrick Wilson. Wilson was in The Phantom Of The Opera with Emmy Rossum who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Oklahoma City Dodgers

Link 1) Cody Bellinger had two stints in Oklahoma City playing in three games in 2016 and 67 games in 2017. He was also a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The episode aired on May 7, 2018 and another guest was Melissa McCarthy. She was in The Heat with Sandra Bullock who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher R.A. Dickey was with Oklahoma City for parts of seven seasons, 1999-2003, 2005-2006. He was a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman which aired on July 11, 2012. Another guest that night was Bryan Cranston. He voiced the lead character chief in the animated movie Isle Of Dogs. Another member of the voice cast was Edward Norton. He was in Birdman with Emma Stone who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Sammy Sosa played in 10 games for the Oklahoma City 89ers in 1989. He had a cameo in the movie Kissing A Fool starring David Schwimmer. He was in The Iceman with Ray Liotta who was Kevin Costner’s dad in Field Of Dreams. Costner was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Omaha Storm Chasers

Link 1) George Brett played for what was then the Omaha Royals in 1973 and part of 1974. He had a cameo as himself on Modern Family which aired on March 28, 2018. He worked alongside Eric Stonestreet who was in The Loft with James Marsden. Marsden was in Westworld with Thandie Newton who was in Mission: Impossible II with Tom Cruise. Cruise and Kevin Bacon were both in A Few Good Men.

Link 2) Former Storm Chasers player Eric Hosmer suited up for Omaha for 26 games in 2011 and two games in 2014. He was in the TV show Ballers in the third episode of season one called Move The Chains with Dwayne Johnson. Johnson was in The Game Plan with Kyra Sedgwick who is married to Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Jack McKeon managed Omaha from 1969-1972. In 2015, he was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall Of Fame. Another inductee that year was minor league baseball owner and actor Bill Murray. Murray had an uncredited cameo in the movie She’s Having A Baby which starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) We can use the same chain from Link 3 but use a different film to link Kevin Bacon. Murray was in Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman who was in Sleepers with Bacon.

Reno Aces

Link 1) Pitcher Patrick Corbin made nine appearances for Reno during the 2012 season. He, along with several of his teammates from the Arizona Diamondbacks, appeared on a Season 7 episode of Man vs. Food which was hosted by Casey Webb. Webb was in a movie called McDick with Danny Trejo. Trejo along with a ton of other celebrities made a cameo in Muppets Most Wanted. Another cameo was James McAvoy who played a UPS guy. He also played a young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class which also starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Cody Ross had two stints with Reno playing in one game with the Aces in 2013 and nine games in 2014. He appeared as himself on a 2010 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno whenever Ross Mathews was sent to the World Series as a correspondent. Another guest appearing on that show, which aired on October 27, 2010, was Robin Williams. He was in The World According To Garp with John Lithgow who appeared alongside Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

Round Rock Express

Link 1) The Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express, was used as a filming location for Fear The Walking Dead this past off-season. The team hosted a Fear The Walking Dead night at the ballpark to celebrate the partnership with actress Danay Garcia throwing out the first pitch. She was in Prison Break with Dominic Purcell who was in Blade: Trinity with Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds was in R.I.P.D. with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) The Dell Diamond also hosted Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie who worked for the Round Rock Express for a night for an episode of The Simple Life. Paris Hilton made a cameo as herself in the movie The Bling Ring which starred Emma Watson. Watson was Belle in Disney’s live-action version of Beauty And The Beast with Kevin Kline playing her father Maurice. Kline was in Sophie’s Choice with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Back in 2010, Will Ferrell joined the Express for a night as Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson. Ferrell was in The Campaign with John Lithgow who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Back in 2007, outfielder Hunter Pence played for the Express in 25 games. He played himself in an episode of Fuller House called A Giant Leap where he was Stephanie’s boyfriend. Stephanie is played by Jodie Sweetin who was in Walt Before Mickey with Jon Heder. Heder was in Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell who was in Stranger Than Fiction with Queen Latifah. Latifah starred alongside Kevin Bacon who played Jorge in Beauty Shop.

Sacramento River Cats

Link 1) Hall Of Fame catcher Mike Piazza suited up for Sacramento for three games during the 2007 season. He had a cameo in the movie Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock. She was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher Huston Street made two appearances for the River Cats in 2004 and one appearance in 2007. He was in the Augie Garrido documentary Inning By Inning: A Portrait Of A Coach which was directed by Richard Linklater. Linklater also directed Dazed And Confused starring Matthew McConaughey who was in A Time To Kill with Kiefer Sutherland. Sutherland and Kevin Bacon were both in the movie Flatliners.

Link 3) Pitcher Dallas Braden made 11 appearances for Sacramento in both 2007 and 2008. He was a Top Ten List Presenter on the Late Show With David Letterman which aired on May 11, 2010. Queen Latifah was a guest on that night’s show and she was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Salt Lake Bees

Link 1) David Ortiz made stops in Salt Lake playing for the Buzz in 1997, 1998, and 1999. He played himself in the movie Patriots Day which also starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher Jered Weaver pitched in 12 games for the Bees back in 2006. He was a guest on the Late Show With David Letterman which aired on May 8, 2012. Another guest that night was Jim Parsons who made a cameo in The Muppets which starred Amy Adams. She was in Julie And Julia with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Tacoma Rainiers

Link 1) Alex Rodriguez made stops in Tacoma during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. He made a cameo on Entourage in an episode called Second To Last. The show starred Adrian Grenier who was in The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher Felix Hernandez made 19 appearances with the Rainiers in 2005 along with rehab assignments to Tacoma in 2016 and 2017. He was in a documentary short called Legends alongside other athletes including Laila Ali. She was in a movie called Falcon Rising with Neal McDonough. He was in Minority Report with Tom Cruise who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

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The Texas League: Bacon Edition

It’s back to bacon as I continue my quest to link every minor league team back to Kevin Bacon in a fun but unusual game of Six Degrees Of Separation. This time, I’m taking a look at the Texas League.

Arkansas Travelers

Link 1) Adam Greenberg played for the Arkansas Travelers during the 2008 season playing in 70 games. He was working his way back up to the majors after getting hit in the head with a pitch in his first major league at-bat in 2005. He suited up for one at-bat for the Miami Marlins in 2012 under manager Ozzie Guillen. Guillen made a cameo in the short film Business Unusual with Tia Carrere. Carrere was in Wayne’s World with Mike Myers who was in Inglourious Basterds with Michael Fassbender. Fassbender was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon. (Fun fact: Greenberg is now a politician in Connecticut.)

Link 2) Pitcher John Lackey pitched in 18 games for the Travelers during the 2001 season. He and some of his Boston Red Sox teammates were in the music video for country artist Kevin Fowler’s song Hell Yeah, I Like Beer. Fowler was originally signed to Clint Black’s label Equity Music before it folded in December of 2008. Black had a small cameo in the movie Anger Management with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Corpus Christi Hooks

Link 1) Pitcher Roger Clemens made one appearance for the Hooks during the 2006 season. He made a cameo as himself in the movie Anger Management which starred Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Outfielder Hunter Pence played for the Hooks in 136 games in 2006. He played himself in an episode of Fuller House called A Giant Leap where he was Stephanie’s boyfriend. Stephanie is played by Jodie Sweetin who was in Walt Before Mickey with Jon Heder. Heder was in Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell who was in Stranger Than Fiction with Queen Latifah. Latifah starred alongside Kevin Bacon who played Jorge in Beauty Shop.

Frisco RoughRiders

Link 1) Pitcher Derek Holland suited up for Frisco in 2008, 2014, and 2015. He had a cameo in the movie Dumb and Dumber To  which starred Jim Carrey. He was in Simon Birch with Oliver Platt who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher C.J. Wilson played for the RoughRiders in parts of the 2003, 2005, and 2006 seasons. He had a cameo as himself in The Mindy Project. (Season 2, Episode 10: Wedding Crushers) The show starred Mindy Kaling who was in No Strings Attached with Ashton Kutcher. He was in What Happens In Vegas with Cameron Diaz and she was in There’s Something About Mary with Matt Dillon. Dillon and Bacon costarred together in the movie Wild Things.

Midland RockHounds

Link 1) Josh Donaldson spent the 2009 season with the Midland RockHounds playing in 124 games. He had a guest role on the TV show Vikings. In the season four episode titled Revenge, he starred alongside Alexander Ludwig who played Bjorn. Ludwig also played Cato working alongside Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games. She was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher Barry Zito made nine appearances for Midland during the 1999 season. In 2003, he made a cameo appearance in the TV show JAG in a season nine episode called The Boast. (Thanks to Getty Images, here’s an image of Zito from the episode.) One of Zito’s JAG costars is David James Elliott. Elliott played FBI Agent Russ Josephson in two episodes of CSI: New York with Gary Sinise who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Link 1) Clay Buchholz played for the Naturals for one game during the 2018 season. He is married to Lindsay Clubine who was a model on Deal Or No Deal hosted by Howie Mandel. Mandel was on an episode of the TV show Las Vegas which aired on March 3, 2006. James Caan was also in that episode and he was in The Godfather II with Robert De Niro. De Niro was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Former Naturals player Eric Hosmer was with Northwest Arkansas in 2010. He was in the TV show Ballers in the third episode of season one called Move The Chains with Dwayne Johnson. Johnson was in The Game Plan with Kyra Sedgwick who is married to Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Using the same chain through Eric Hosmer, we can also connect Johnson through the movie G.I. Joe: Retaliation which he starred in with Bruce Willis. Willis was in What Just Happened with Robert De Niro who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

San Antonio Missions

Link 1) The Missions were one of three teams that pitcher Pedro Martinez played for during the 1991 season. He had an uncredited cameo in the movie Stronger which starred Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal was in Rendition with Meryl Streep who costarred alongside Kevin Bacon in The River Wild.

Link 2) Mike Piazza played for San Antonio in 1992. He had a small role in the movie Two Weeks Notice which starred Sandra Bullock. She was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Springfield Cardinals

Link 1) David Freese played for Springfield during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He had a guest star role on a TV show called Work It in season one, episode 13. One of his costers was Amaury Nolasco. He was in Max Payne with Mark Wahlberg who was in Patriot’s Day with Kevin Bacon.

Tulsa Drillers

Link 1) Dexter Fowler made stops in Tulsa playing for the Drillers in 2008 and 2009. He had an uncredited cameo as a Chicago Cubs player on Saturday Night Live on November 5, 2016. The episode was hosted by Benedict Cumberbatch. He was in the movie Black Mass with Kevin Bacon.

The Southern League: Bacon Edition

It’s back to bacon as I continue my quest to link every minor league team back to Kevin Bacon in a fun but unusual game of Six Degrees Of Separation. This time, I’m taking a look at the Southern League.

Biloxi Shuckers

Link 1) New York Mets catcher Barry Lyons was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and he is an ambassador for the Biloxi Shuckers. One of his teammates during the 1987 season with the Mets was Darryl Strawberry who was on an episode of The Simpsons titled Homer At The Bat which aired on February 20, 1992. Another voice on that episode in addition to the many baseball players was Hank Azaria. He played one of Phoebe’s boyfriends on Friends which also costarred Jennifer Aniston who was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Eric Roberts was born in Biloxi and his sister is Julia Roberts. She was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) We can also make another connection to Kevin Bacon through Eric Roberts. He was in The Dark Knight with Morgan Freeman who was in Oblivion with Tom Cruise. Cruise and Bacon were both in A Few Good Men.

Birmingham Barons

Link 1) Hall Of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers suited up for the Birmingham A’s in 1967 and 1968. He and his family competed on a 1983 episode of Family Feud. (You can watch that episode on Youtube here.) Family Feud was hosted by Richard Dawson who was also the game show host in the movie The Running Man which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was in True Lies with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Reggie Jackson, another baseball legend, played in Birmingham alongside Fingers in 1967. Jackson was in The Benchwarmers with Rob Schneider who was in Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone. Stallone and Robert De Niro were both in Cop Land. De Niro costarred with Kevin Bacon in Sleepers.

Link 3) In 1994, NBA great Michael Jordan played for the Birmingham Barons after he announced his retirement from the NBA. Jordan and Kevin Bacon both starred in a Hanes commercial that aired in 2006/2007.

Chattanooga Lookouts

Link 1) A notable Lookouts pitcher was Jackie Mitchell, the woman who has become part of baseball legend as possibly striking out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig during an exhibition game between the Lookouts and the New York Yankees in 1931. (The debate still continues if she did or didn’t.) Near the end of his life, Babe Ruth released a book called The Babe Ruth Story which was turned into a movie starring William Bendix in the title role. He was in Boys’ Night Out with James Garner who was in Tank with C. Thomas Howell. Howell was in The Outsiders with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actress Betty Lou Gerson was born in Chattanooga and she is perhaps best known as the voice of Cruella De Vil in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. She also had an uncredited cameo in Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews. Andrews narrated the movie Enchanted which starred Amy Adams who was in Doubt with Meryl Streep. Streep and Kevin Bacon were both in The River Wild.

Link 3) Actress Lori Petty was born in Chattanooga and played a baseball player in the movie A League Of Their Own which costarred Tom Hanks. He was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Jackson Generals

Link 1) Back in 2005, the Jackson Generals were known as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and one of the team’s pitchers was David Aardsma. His sister is actress Amanda Aardsma. Her latest project is a movie called Moose On The Loose II with Natasha Charles Parker. She played Bethany’s mom in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He and Kevin Bacon met at an event for the movie The Game Plan.

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Link 2) That same season, Nomar Garciaparra played with the Jaxx for four games. He made a cameo appearance in the Boston Teens sketch with Jimmy Fallon which aired on October 14, 2000. Jimmy Fallon has hosted Kevin Bacon on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon multiple times including recreating dances from Footloose.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Link 1) Nolan Ryan suited up for the then-Jacksonville Suns for three games in 1967. He was on an episode of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson which aired on July 23, 1973. Ed McMahon was the announcer on the show and he was in 19 episodes of The Tom Show starring Tom Arnold. Arnold was in True Lies with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Tug McGraw played for Jacksonville for parts of the 1966, 1967, and 1968 seasons and he is also the father of country singer Tim McGraw. Tim was in The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock was starred alongside Kevin Bacon in a movie he directed called Loverboy.

Link 3) Actress Ashley Greene is originally from Jacksonville and is perhaps best-known for her role as Alice Cullen in the Twilight movies. In Breaking Dawn-Part 2, she costarred with Dakota Fanning who was in the movie Trapped with Kevin Bacon.

Mississippi Braves

Link 1) Braves’ legend Chipper Jones spent part of the 1992 season with the Greenville Braves playing in 67 games. (The team didn’t rebrand until the Mississippi Braves until 2005.) Several ballplayers, including Jones, presented the Top Ten List on the Late Show with David Letterman which aired on March 5, 2009. A guest on that night’s show was Jon Stewart who was the first person to interview the creators of Six Degrees Of Separation. The creators eventually wrote a book about it called Six Degree Of Kevin Bacon and the forward was written by none other than Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Rock and roll drummer Tommy Aldridge was born in Pearl, Mississippi where the Mississippi Braves play. He has toured with several high profile rock bands over the years including Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne was in Little Nicky with Reese Witherspoon. She was in Cruel Intentions with Ryan Philipe who was in Crash with Matt Dillon. Dillon and Kevin Bacon both starred in Wild Things.

Mobile BayBears

Link 1) Pitcher Max Scherzer played for Mobile in 2007 and has been in the Majors since 2008. He was part of a TV special called American Graduate Day 2017 which aired on October 14, 2017. According to IMDb, the show focused on highlighting individuals and organizations helping students graduate from high school. Another person highlighted on the show is John Legend. He was in La La Land with Ryan Gosling who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Richard Tyson was born in Mobile and he played bad guy Cullen Crisp in Kindergarten Cop which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was in True Lies with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Montgomery Biscuits

Link 1) The Orlando Rays eventually became the Montgomery Biscuits. Outfielder Jonny Gomes played for the Rays in 2003, the last season before the team moved to Alabama. He was a guest on Conan, along with several other baseball players, that aired on November 5, 2013. Conan has interviewed Kevin Bacon multiple times including how he bribes DJs to not play Footloose.

Link 2) Actress Octavia Spencer was born in Montgomery and she was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Link 1) One of the Blue Wahoo’s co-owners is golfer Bubba Watson. On August 9, 2018, he appeared on Match Game which is hosted by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin and Kevin Bacon were both in the movie She’s Having A Baby.

Link 2) Actress Joan Perry was born in Pensacola. She was in Nine Lives Are Not Enough which starred future president Ronald Reagan. He was in The Killers with Angie Dickinson who was in The Last Producer with Benjamin Bratt. He was in Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Tennessee Smokies

Link 1) Pitcher Jeff Samardzija played for the Smokies in 2008. He was in the credits for Ferrell Takes The Field, a documentary that showcased actor Will Ferrell suiting up and playing for 10 different teams during Spring Training in 2015. Ferrell was in The Campaign with John Lithgow who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Kris Bryant played for the Smokies in 2014. He was on Season 5, Episode 22 of Chicago Fire which aired on May 16, 2017. Chicago Fire also stars Jesse Spencer who was in Flourish with Jennifer Morrison. She was in The Darkness with Kevin Bacon.

The Eastern League: Bacon Edition

It’s back to bacon as I continue my quest to link every minor league team back to Kevin Bacon in a fun but unusual game of Six Degrees Of Separation. This time, I’m taking a look at the Eastern League.

Akron RubberDucks

Link 1) Before Akron rebranded in 2014 as the RubberDucks, they were the Akron Aeros. In 2011, comedian Lewis Black reviewed some of their ballpark food on The Daily Show. Lewis Black was the voice of Anger in Inside Out while Riley’s mom was voiced by Diane Lane. Lane was in My Dog Skip with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Part of the movie …All The Marbles was shot in Akron. The movie starred Peter Falk who was in The Princess Bride with Cary Elwes. He was in Twister with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Jesse White is originally from Akron and he was in the movie Matinee with John Goodman. Goodman was in Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon.

Altoona Curve

Link 1) One of the Altoona Curve’s alumni is Andrew McCutchen. He proposed to his girlfriend on the December 11, 2013 episode of The Ellen Show. Another guest on that show was Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker was born in Altoona. He is best known for writing the screenplay to the movie Seven which starred Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Link 3) Fellow screenwriter John Pielmeier was also born in Altoona and one of his writing credits is the TV mini-series Pillars Of The Earth. The show had several big stars including Ian McShane. He was in Nine Lives with Aidan Quinn. Quinn and Kevin Bacon both starred in the movie Cavedweller.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies

Link 1) Daniel Murphy played for Binghamton in 2008. In 2011, he was a guest star on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for their Veterans Day episode. Another guest star on the show was Xzibit. He was in Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans with Val Kilmer. Kilmer was in Top Gun with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor William Baldwin graduated from Binghamton University and he starred in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actress Bridget Moynahan was born in Binghamton and she starred in the movie Serendipity with John Cusack. He was in America’s Sweethearts with Julia Roberts who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

Bowie Baysox

Link 1) Jake Arrieta suited up for the Baysox in 2009. He was a guest star on Chicago Fire during Season 5. (Spot him in episode 22, “My Miracle”.) One of the main cast in the show is Jesse Spencer who was in Uptown Girls with Dakota Fanning. She was in Trapped with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) TV host Kathie Lee Gifford grew up in Bowie and had a cameo as herself in the move Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Bill Engvall appeared in the movie as the White House Chief Of Staff. He was in Kevin Bacon’s WhoSay video for the 12 Days Of Christmas.

Erie SeaWolves

Link 1) John Lackey played for the Erie Seawolves in 2000. He and some of his Boston Red Sox teammates were in the music video for country artist Kevin Fowler’s song Hell Yeah, I Like Beer. Fowler was originally signed to Clint Black’s label Equity Music before it folded in December of 2008. Black had a small cameo in the movie Anger Management with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Patrick Monahan, the lead singer from the band Train, is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. One of the band’s most recent hits is Marry Me. In the music video for Marry Me, Monahan falls in love with a waitress played by Anna Camp. She was also in The Help with Emma Stone who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Harrisburg Senators

Link 1) Since 2016, the Harrisburg Senators began honoring former Senators’ players with life-size bobbleheads. One of the first honorees was Bryce Harper. He was on the January 15, 2013 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Another guest that night was Rob Lowe who was in The Outsiders with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Eric Martsolf was born in Harrisburg. He was in Smallville as Booster in the episode that aired April 22, 2011. Tom Welling was the star of Smallville and he was in Draft Day with Kevin Costner. Costner starred in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Hartford Yard Goats

Link 1) Before the Yard Goats moved in Hartford, the team was the New Britain Rock Cats based out of New Britain, Connecticut. David Ortiz suited up for the Rock Cats in 1997 and 2001. He played himself in the movie Patriots Day which also starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Screen legend Katharine Hepburn was born in Hartford. Her last film was Love Affair which also starred Pierce Brosnan. He was in Mamma Mia! with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Link 1) Former Fisher Cats player J.P. Arencibia was once married to Kimberly Perry from The Band Perry. The band appeared on Celebrity Family Feud on July 24, 2016 facing off against Guiliana Rancic. She has a cameo as herself in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer which starred Jessica Alba. Alba was in Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore who was in Scream with Neve Campbell. She was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Comedian Adam Sandler grew up in Manchester, New Hampshire, the town the Fisher Cats called home. He graduated from Manchester Central High School. Sandler was in 50 First Dates with Sean Astin who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in White Water Summer.

Portland Sea Dogs

Link 1) Adrian Gonzalez played for the Sea Dogs in 2002. He was in the Ferret Royale episode of Angie Tribeca with Rashida Jones. She was in The Muppets with Chris Cooper. Cooper worked with Meryl Streep in Adaptation while she worked with Kevin Bacon on The River Wild.

Link 2) We can use the same Meryl Streep connection to Kevin Bacon in this link. However, this time it’s because of Portland native Anna Kendrick. She starred alongside Meryl Streep in the musical Into The Woods.

Reading Fightin Phils

Link 1) Ryan Howard played over 100 games for the Fightin’ Phils in 2004. He was in It’s Alway Sunny In Philadelphia. (Season 6, Episode 11) One of the main cast is Charlie Day who was in Horrible Bosses with Jennifer Aniston. She was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Socialite and actress Draya Michele was born and raised in Reading. She was in the movie The Perfect Match with Donald Faison who was in Uptown Girls with Dakota Fanning. She starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Trapped.

Richmond Flying Squirrels

Link 1) Brandon Crawford played for Richmond during the 2010 season before working his way up to the San Francisco Giants. In 2016, he made a guest appearance as himself on the TV show Liv and Maddie starring Dove Cameron.  She played Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray Live! The show also starred Martin Short who had an uncredited role acting alongside Kevin Bacon in The Big Picture.

Link 2) Actress Shirley MacLaine was born in Richmond and she was in Rumor Has It… with Jennifer Aniston. She was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Trenton Thunder

Link 1) Yankees great Derek Jeter rehabbed with the Trenton Thunder in 2011 playing in two games. He had a cameo in the movie The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg who was in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actress Roxanne Hart was born in Trenton and went on to star in the movie Working Girl with Jennifer Aniston who was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actress Amy Locane is also from Trenton. She starred in Prefontaine with Jared Leto. Leta starred in The Thin Red Line with Sean Penn. Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon were both in Mystic River.

The Florida State League: Bacon Edition

It’s back to bacon as I continue my quest to link every minor league team back to Kevin Bacon in a fun but unusual game of Six Degrees Of Separation. This time, I’m taking a look at the Florida State League.

Bradenton Marauders

Link 1) On May 17, 2014, the Marauders gave away 1,000 bobbleheads of pitcher Rinku Singh who’s story about coming to America to play baseball was portrayed in the film Million Dollar Arm. In the movie, Suraj Sharma plays Rinku alongside Jon Hamm who is portraying J.B. Bernstein. Jon Hamm was in Tag with Jeremy Renner who was in American Hustle with Jennifer Lawrence. She starred alongside Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class.

Link 2) If we want to keep the same formula through Jeremy Renner, we can also connect to Kevin Bacon another way. Renner had a small part in The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford with Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Charlotte Stone Crabs

Link 1) Jake McGee made 11 appearances for Charlotte during the 2009 season. He made his major league debut on September 14, 2010 and he recorded his first strikeout against Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter had a cameo in The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg who was in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Pitcher Matt LaPorta was born and raised in Port Charlotte, Florida which the Stone Crabs call home. He played on the 2008 US Olympic team with Jake Arrieta. He had a cameo in a 2012 episode of Veep called Baseball which also starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She was in Christmas Vacation with Keith MacKechnie. He was in We Married Margo with Kevin Bacon.

Clearwater Threshers

Link 1) Jimmy Rollins played for Clearwater in 1998 when the team was known as the Clearwater Phillies. He also made rehab appearances for the Threshers in 2008 and 2010. As a teenager, he was in a few of MC Hammer’s music videos. MC Hammer was in the movie Last Action Hero with Arnold Schwarzeneggeer who was in True Lies with Bill Paxton. Paxton and Kevin Bacon worked together starring in the movie Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks.

Link 2) Singer Juliet Simms is from Clearwater. Her coach on the show was CeeLo Green who was in the movie Begin Again with Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo was in the movie In The Cut where Kevin Bacon had an uncredited role as John Graham.

Daytona Tortugas

Link 1) Kris Bryant suited up for Daytona during the 2013 season when they were still known as the Cubs. After winning the World Series as part of the Chicago Cubs, he and his teammate David Ross appeared on the November 8, 2016 episode of Ellen. Another guest was Mandy Moore. She was in License To Wed with Robin Williams who was in Night At The Museum with Ben Stiller. Stiller and Robert De Niro were both in Meet The Parents and De Niro worked with Kevin Bacon on Sleepers.

Link 2) Actor Denzel Washington spent his junior year in Daytona Beach going to Mainland High School. He was in The Pelican Brief with Julia Roberts who was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Dunedin Blue Jays

Link 1) J.P. Arencibia played for Dunedin in 2008 and he was married to Kimberly Perry from the musical group The Band Perry. They toured with Blake Shelton as part of the Ten Times Crazier Tour in 2014. Shelton was in the Netflix movie The Ridiculous Six with Adam Sandler. Sandler was in Anger Management with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Director David Nutter is from Dunedin and graduated from Dunedin High School. He has directed many TV shows over the years and is responsible for directing the Game Of Thrones episode The Rains Of Castamere and the heartbreak known to GOT fans as The Red Wedding. Kit Harington was in that episode and was also the led in the TV show Gunpowder alongside Liv Tyler. She was in the movie Super with Kevin Bacon.

Florida Fire Frogs

Link 1) The Fire Frogs are located in Kissimmee, Florida and one notable resident is actor Richard Young who was born there. He starred as Fedora in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade with Harrison Ford. In Raiders Of The Lost Ark, he starred alongside Karen Allen. She was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Before the Fire Frogs moved to Kissimmee, they were the Brevard County Manatees. Josh Beckett played for the Manatees during the 2001 season. He and some of his Boston Red Sox teammates were in the music video for country artist Kevin Fowler’s song Hell Yeah, I Like Beer. Fowler was originally signed to Clint Black’s label Equity Music before it folded in December of 2008. Black had a small cameo in the movie Anger Management with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Fort Myers Miracle

Link 1) The Miracle do have a spot in pop culture as the team’s name and logo was used in the movie Major League: Back To The Minors where Scott Bakula’s character Gus Cantrell pitched in Fort Myers before becoming the manager of another team. Bakula and Kevin Bacon both appeared as guests on the June 6, 2011 episode of Piers Morgan Tonight.

Link 2) The Fort Myers Miracle was known as the Miami Marlins back in 1967 and 1968 whenever MLB Hall Of Famer Jim Palmer suited up for the team. He was a Jockey underwear model in the 1970s. Another Jockey spokesman is none other than current minor leaguer Tim Tebow. He was a contestant on Lip Sync Battle facing off against Nina Dobrev. She is on the TV show The Vampire Diaries which was created by Kevin Williamson who also created the TV show The Following which stars Kevin Bacon.

Jupiter Hammerheads

Link 1) In 1986, the Jupiter Hammerheads were known as the West Palm Beach Expos and Hall Of Famer Randy Johnson was on the squad. He was in an episode of the TV show Franklin and Bash called Control. Also in the episode was Heather Locklear. She was in The Perfect Man with Chris Noth who was Mr. Big on Sex And The City with Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker and Kevin Bacon were both in the movie Footloose.

Link 2) One of Jupiter’s most famous residents is none other than actor Burt Reynolds. He was in Boogie Nights with Mark Wahlberg who starred with Kevin Bacon in Patriots Day.

Lakeland Flying Tigers

Link 1) Gabe Kapler suited up for the Tigers during the 1997 season. He also starred in his very own ad for K-Swiss Shoes. Another spokesperson for K-Swiss was the fictional character Kenny Powers played by Danny McBride. McBride was in Alien: Covenant with Billy Crudup who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Dan White grew up in Lakeland, Florida and he was in the film Skyjacked with James Brolin. Brolin was in Catch Me If You Can with Tom Hanks who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Palm Beach Cardinals

Link 1) Jon Jay played for Palm Beach in 2007 and he was also part of the good-will trip to Cuba alongside other baseball players and manager Joe Torre in 2015. Torre had a cameo in Anger Management with Jack Nicholson. He was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

St. Lucie Mets

Link 1) Heath Bell suited up for the St. Lucie Mets appearing in 48 games in 2000. He is the cousin of actor Drake Bell who was in Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actress Megan Fox spent his teen years growing up in St. Lucie. She was in This Is 40 with Paul Rudd who was in Clueless with Alicia Silverstone. Kevin Bacon and Silverstone were both in the movie Beauty Shop.

Tampa Tarpons

Link 1) Derek Jeter played for Tampa during the 1994 season with a rehab appearance in 2000. He made a cameo in The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg who was in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) One of Jeter’s teammates during that 1994 season was Mariano Rivera. He was a guest on the TV movie Closers. Several other ballplayers were guests including Yogi Berra. In the TV movie *61, Yogi Berra is played by Paul Forghese. That movie chronicles Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle going after Babe Ruth’s home run record. Maris is played by Barry Pepper who was in Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

The Carolina League: Bacon Edition

It’s back to bacon as I continue my quest to link every minor league team back to Kevin Bacon in a fun but unusual game of Six Degrees Of Separation. This time, I’m taking a look at the Carolina League.

Buies Creek Astros

Link 1) Buies Creek is a temporary home for the Astros as they plan to move to nearby Fayetteville after the 2018 season. But there is still a link to Buies Creek through the wide world of Bacon. The playwright Paul Green was born in Buies Creek in 1894. He wrote the screenplay for a 1933 film called State Fair and one of the stars was Will Rogers. Rogers was portrayed by James Whitmore in the one-man play Will Rogers’ USA. Whitmore was in The Shawshank Redemption with Morgan Freeman was who is Seven with Gwynneth Paltrow. She was in The Talented Mr Ripley with Jude Law who was in Closer with Julia Roberts. She was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another link can be made through the movie State Fair through its leading lady Janet Gaynor. She was in Young In Heart with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. He was in Hostage Tower with Peter Fonda. One of Fonda’s co-stars in the move Easy Rider was Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Carolina Mudcats

Link 1) David Wells played with the team which was then known as the Kinston Blue Jays in 1983 and 1984. He was interviewed for the show One On One by Jane Mitchell. Another player interviewed for the show was Derek Jeter. He had a cameo in The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell. Ferrell was in The Campaign with John Lithgow who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) The Mudcats play in Zebulon, North Carolina. One famous Zebulon native was Clifton Daniel who was Harry Truman’s son-in-law. Truman was portrayed by Gary Sinise in the movie Truman. Sinise and Kevin Bacon both worked together in Apollo 13.

Down East Wood Ducks

Link 1) The Down East Wood Ducks are another relatively new franchise in the Carolina League. They are located in Kinston, North Carolina. Actor Ed Grady was born and raised in Kinston. He played Harry in The Notebook which also starred Ryan Gosling. Gosling and Kevin Bacon were both in Crazy, Stupid Love.

Linke 2) Another actor from Kinston? Jaime Pressly. She was in Not Another Teen Movie with Captain America himself, Chris Evans.  Evans was in Street Kings with Jay Mohr who was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Frederick Keys

Link 1) Ty Kelly suited up for the Frederick Keys during the 2012 season. He has also played for Team Israel at the World Baseball Classic where the team’s mascot is the Mensch on the Bench. The product was featured on the show Shark Tank where it attracted investors Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner. Herjavec was on season 20 of Dancing With The Stars alongside actor Charlotte McKinney. She had a small role in the movie Flatliners which was a remake of the 1990 film which starred none other than Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Bobby Steggert was born in Frederick and his first film role was in the movie For Richer Or Poorer alongside Kirstie Alley. She had a small cameo in the Kevin Bacon movie She’s Having A Baby.

Link 3) Chef Michael Voltaggio and his brother Bryan are both from Frederick. Michael won season 6 of Top Chef and also had a cameo on the TV show Young and Hungry alongside Emily Osment. She was Lily on Hannah Montana alongside Miley Cyrus. She was part of the voice cast of the Disney movie Bolt with John Travolta who was in The Thin Red Line with Sean Penn. Penn was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Lynchburg Hillcats

Link 1) One of Lynchburg’s notable alumni is Scott Hatteberg who played for the team in 1991 when they were known as the Lynchburg Red Sox. Hatteberg was portrayed by actor Chris Pratt in the movie Moneyball which starred Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Or we can also connect to Kevin Bacon through Chris Pratt himself. Pratt was in the Movie 43 with Emma Stone who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Kevin Elster played for the Lynchburg Mets during the 1985 season and also played shortstop Pat Corning in the baseball movie Little Big League. Luke Edwards was the main actor and he was also in two episodes of the second season of True Detective alongside Vince Vaughn. Vaughn was in The Break-Up with Jennifer Aniston who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Picture Perfect.

Link 4) All-Star Dwight Gooden suited up for the Lynchburg Mets in both 1983 and 1987. In 2011, it was announced that he would be a patient on the fifth season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Another patient that season was actress Sean Young  who was in Blade Runner with Harrison Ford. He was in Random Hearts with Steve Altes who was in Hollow Man with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Another Lynchburg grad is Roger McDowell who played for the Lynchburg Mets in 1982. He also participated in MTV’s Rock N’ Jock Diamond Derby in 1990. One of his teammates was none other than Keanu Reeves. Reeves was in Speed with Beau Starr who was in Where The Truth Lies with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Another played from the Lynchburg Mets is Darryl Strawberry who suited up for the squad in 1981. He wrote a book called Don’t Give Up On Me and appeared on the November 15, 2017 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote it. Another guest on that night’s show was Gary Oldman who was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Link 1) Adam LaRoche suited up for the Pelicans in 2001 and 2002. LaRoche is also one of the co-owners of Outdoor Networks show Buck Commander alongside several other high-profile people including Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty. Robertson also had a cameo in Season 3, Episode 1 of Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. Allen voiced Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story with Tom Hanks who voiced Woody. Hanks starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Link 2) Myrtle Beach is host Nancy O’Dell’s hometown. She was in Scream 2, Scream 3, and Scream 4. Scream 4 also starred Anna Paquin. She was Rogue in the original X-Men trilogy alongside Hugh Jackman. Jackman made a cameo in X-Men: First Class which also starred Kevin Bacon.

Potomac Nationals

Link 1) The Potomac Nationals have been known by several names over the years. Player Gerald Williams found out by suiting up for the Prince William Yankees in 1988 and the Prince William Cannons in 1989. He also appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1997 with a bunch of other baseball players in the sketch Baseball Dreams. Also in that sketch was Will Ferrell who was in The Campaign with John Lithgow who starred with Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

Salem Red Sox

Link 1) In 1993, pitcher Esteban Loaiza played for the team then known as the Salem Buccaneers. He was married to singer Jenni Rivera. She was in the movie Filly Brown with Lou Diamond Phillips who was in Young Guns 2 with Emilio Estevez. He was in The Outsiders with Matt Dillon who was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another former Salem player is Hunter Pence who spent the 2005 season with the Salem Avalanche. He was a guest star on Fuller House with John Stamos. Stamos was in Born To Ride with John Stockwell who was in Top Gun with Tom Cruise. Cruise and Kevin Bacon were both in A Few Good Men.

Link 3) Pitcher Kenny Rogers played for the Salem Redbirds in 1986. A few days after he threw his perfect game for the Texas Rangers in 1994, he appeared on the David Letterman show on August 1, 1994. Another guest on the show that night was Cameron Diaz. She was in Knight And Day with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Wilmington Blue Rocks

Link 1) Clay Buchholz suited up for Wilmington during the 2006 season. He is married to Lindsay Clubine who was a model on Deal Or No Deal hosted by Howie Mandel. Mandel was on an episode of the TV show Las Vegas which aired on March 3, 2006. James Caan was also in that episode and he was in The Godfather II with Robert De Niro. De Niro was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) In 1994, Johnny Damon played for the Blue Rocks. He was on The Celebrity Apprentice 7 with fellow contestant Ian Ziering who was in No Way Back with Lennie Loftin. Loftin and Kevin Bacon were both in the movie Sleepers.

Link 3) Mark Ellis played for Wilmington in 2000 and he was played by actor Brent Dohling in the movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Winston-Salem Dash

Link 1) Wade Boggs played for the Winston-Salem Red Sox in 1977. He appeared as himself in the season 10 premiere of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia alongside Danny DeVito. DeVito was in Mars Attacks! with Rance Howard who was in Frost/Nixon with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) During the 1971 season, Dwight Evans played for the Winston-Salem Red Sox. Evans had a small role in the movie Hall Pass with Owen Wilson. He was in The Internship with Vince Vaughn who costarred with Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up. She was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

The California League: Bacon Edition

It’s back to bacon as I continue my quest to link every minor league team back to Kevin Bacon in a fun but unusual game of Six Degrees Of Separation. This time, I’m taking a look at the California League.

Inland Empire 66ers

Link 1) Perhaps one of the 66ers most notable alumni is Ken Griffey Jr. although the team was known as the San Bernardino Spirit when he played for them in 1988. Griffey was one of numerous MLB players who played themselves in the baseball movie Little Big League alongside Timothy Busfield. Busfield went on to work on another baseball movie as the brother-in-law of Kevin Costner’s Ray Kinsella in Field Of Dreams. Costner starred in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) During the 1996 season, pitcher Tom Candiotti made a rehab appearance with the San Bernardino Stampede playing in two games before rejoining the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a bit part playing  Hoyt Wilhem in the Billy Crystal-directed baseball movie *61 about Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Billy Crystal was in Parental Guidance with Marisa Tomei who was is Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Fun fact: NCIS actor Mark Harmon was a part-owner of the San Bernardino team in the late 1980s. The team’s field, Fiscalini Field, was even used for one of Harmon’s movies called Stealing Home which starred Jodie Foster.  She starred in Maverick with Mel Gibson who was in Conspiracy Theory with Julia Roberts. Roberts and Kevin Bacon were costars in Flatliners.

Lake Elsinore Storm

Link 1) Pitcher John Lackey played in 15 games for Lake Elsinore during the 2000 season. He and some of his Boston Red Sox teammates were in the music video for country artist Kevin Fowler’s song Hell Yeah, I Like Beer. Fowler was originally signed to Clint Black’s label Equity Music before it folded in December of 2008. Black had a small cameo in the movie Anger Management with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Cody Decker spent the 2010 season playing for Lake Elsinore. He had a small role in the season finale of the TV show State Of Affairs which starred Alfre Woodard as President Constance Payton. She was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Lancaster JetHawks

Link 1) Actor Donald Glover was born at Edwards Air Force Base which is close to Lancaster. Glover was in The Martian with Matt Damon. Damon teamed up with Ben Affleck to produce a pilot for a TV show for Showtime called City On A Hill starring Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Lancaster is home not only to the Jethawks but also The Sanctuary Adventist Church. The church has become a tourist attraction after being used in the Kill Bill movies. Daryl Hannah was in Kill Bill Vol. I and starred in Splash alongside Tom Hanks. Hanks and Kevin Bacon were both in the movie Apollo 13.

Modesto Nuts

Link 1) Baseball Hall Of Famer Reggie Jackson played for the Modesto Reds in 1966 playing in 56 games. Jackson was in the movie The Benchwarmers with Rob Schneider. He was in a Saturday Night Live sketch with Kevin Bacon who played a repairman fixing the copier.

Link 2) Another Modest Class of ’66 grad is Tony La Russa. According to IMDB, La Russa and his family had an uncredited cameo in Angels In The Outfield. (Check out the owner’s box during the last game in the movie.) The movie also starred Danny Glover who was in Be Kind Rewind with Mom Def who was in Woodsman with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Jose Canseco suited for the Modesto A’s during the 1984 season. In 2011, he was one of the celebrities chosen for The Celebrity Apprentice. Another contestant was Gary Busey. Busey was in The Firm with Tom Cruise who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Link 4) One of Modesto’s most notable people is filmmaker George Lucas who was born and raised in Modesto. He came up with the story for Raiders Of The Lost Ark which starred Karen Allen. She was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Another famous Modesto resident? Jeremy Renner. He was in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Link 1) Derek Lee spent parts of the 1993, 1994, and 1995 seasons playing for the Quakes. He was a guest star of the ER episode Gravity which aired on October 18, 2007 alongside Linda Cardellini. She was in the movie Super with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Craig Lamar Taylor graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School. He is best known for playing Malcom’s best friend on the TV show Malcom In The Middle which also starred Bryan Cranston. He was in Rock Of Ages with Catherine Zeta-Jones who was in America’s Sweethearts with Julia Roberts. Roberts and Kevin Bacon both starred in Flatliners.

San Jose Giants

Link 1) Player Jay Johnstone suited up for the San Jose Bee’s during the 1963, 1964, and 1965 seasons. He had a cameo in The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad! The movie also saw O.J. Simpson with the role of Detective Nordberg. He reprised the role in The Naked Gun 33 1/3 with Olympia Dukakis. She was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Royce Clayton made appearances playing for the San Jose Giants for 28 games in 1989 and 123 games in 1990. He played Miguel Tejada in the movie Moneyball which starred Brad Pitt. He was in Interview With A Vampire alongside Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Josh Holloway was born in San Jose before his family moved to Georgia when he was a kid. He is most famous for the TV show Lost but was also in the movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol which starred Tom Cruise. He was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Stockton Ports

Link 1) Hall Of Famer Mike Piazza played in three games for the Stockton Ports on rehab during the 2007 season. He had a cameo in the movie Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. Bullock was in the movie Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Sandra Bullock also plays a role in this link. Infielder Josh Donaldson played 47 games for the Ports during the 2008 season. He also had a small role in season four of the History Channel tv show The Vikings with Travis Fimmel who plays Ragnar. Fimmel was in Surfer, Dude with Matthew McConaughey who worked with Sandra Bullock on A Time To Kill. She was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Jim Morris pitched for Stockton during the 1985 and 1987 seasons. His story about trying to make it to the big leagues later in his career was immortalized in the movie The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. Quaid was in Playing For Keeps with Catherine Zeta-Jones. She was in America’s Sweethearts with Julia Roberts who costarred with Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

Visalia Rawhide

Link 1) Pitcher Scott Erickson spent his first season of professional baseball playing for Visalia in 1989. He started the film production company HomeTeam Productions in the mid-2000s and was an executive producer on A Plumm Summer which was released in 2007. Jeff Daniels was The Narrator in that film. He also starred in The Hours with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Nick Swisher played 49 games for Visalia back in 2002. He is married to actor Joanna Garcia and guest starred on her show Better With You on two episode in 2011. The show also starred Josh Cooke who had a small role in I Love You, Man. J.K. Simmons was in that movie as well as Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.