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.

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The South Atlantic 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 South Atlantic League.

Asheville Tourists

Link 1) The Asheville Tourists were part of the classic baseball film Bull Durham starring Kevin Costner. In the film, Costner’s character plays with the Asheville Tourists and breaks the home run record after being cut from the Durham Bulls. Kevin Costner and Kevin Bacon both starred in the movie JFK directed by Oliver Stone.

Link 2) The Asheville Tourists were led to the 1968 championship under manager Sparky Anderson. Anderson was in the Disney Channel movie Tiger Town with Roy Scheider. Scheider was in Still Of The Night with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Chris Chalk was born in Asheville and graduated from Asheville High School. He was in the movie 12 Years A Slave with Brad Pitt who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Another actor born and raised in Asheville is Paul Schneider. He was in the movie The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford with Brad Pitt who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Actor Angela Shelton also hails from Asheville. She was an episode of Chicago Hope called Leggo My Ego alongside Hector Elizondo. He was in Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts who starred in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Actor Bellamy Young was born and raised in Asheville. She was in Mission Impossible III alongside Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Augusta GreenJackets

Link 1) Kevin Youkilis played in Augusta for parts of the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He also appeared on Season 1, Episode 8 of the Travel Channel show Man vs Food with host Adam Richman. Richman was in an episode of Law & Order: Trial By Jury with Scott Cohen. Cohen was in a movie called Iron Cross alongside Roy Scheider in his last film appearance before he died. Scheider was in Romeo Is Bleeding with Gary Oldman who was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Laurence Fishburne was born in Augusta before moving to Brooklyn with his mom when he was a kid. Fishburne was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Danielle Panabaker was also born in Augusta before relocating to a new state. She was in the Disney movie Sky High alongside Kurt Russell. He was in Captain Ron with Martin Short. Short was in The Big Picture with none other than Kevin Bacon.

Charleston RiverDogs

Link 1) RiverDogs’ alum Aaron Judge was on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on May 15, 2017 where he interviewed Yankees’ fans. Also appearing on that episode was actor Michael Fassbender who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another one of Charleston’s former players is Alex Rodriguez. One of his many ex-girlfriends is Cameron Diaz who was in There’s Something About Mary with Matt Dillon. Dillon was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Thomas Gibson was born and raised in Charleston. While he has starred in Dharma and Greg and Criminal Minds, its his work on the movie Far And Away that leads us to Tom Cruise who starred in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Model and actor Lauren Hutton was in a movie called Once Bitten with Jim Carrey. Carrey was in Simon Birch with Oliver Platt who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

Columbia Fireflies

Link 1) While the Columbia Fireflies are relatively new, minor league baseball has been in Columbia for awhile. From 1993-1994, Ron Washington managed the team which was then called the Capital City Bombers. Washington was played by Brent Jennings alongside Brad Pitt who played Billy Beane. Pitt was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another Moneyball connection can be made through player David Justice who was with the Columbia Mets for parts of the 1987-1988 seasons. He was played by Stephen Bishop in Moneyball with Brad Pitt who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Player Adam Wainwright was a member of the 2003 Capital City Bombers. He was in a small movie called Proximity directed by Dan Steadman which came out in 2016. Steadman also directed a movie called Expect Delays with Wendy Shapero. She was the voice of Hermione Granger on an episode of Robot Chicken called I Love Her alongside Seth Green. Green and Kevin Bacon both appeared on the May 11, 2017 episode of The Craig Ferguson Show on SiriusXM.

Link 4) Actor Anna Camp grew up in Columbia and starred in Pitch Perfect with Anna Kendrick. She was in Up In The Air with George Clooney who was in Ocean’s 11 with Julia Roberts. Roberts was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Another actor from Columbia is Lee Thompason Young who was in Friday Night Lights with Garrett Hedlund. Hedlund was in Pan with Hugh Jackman who had a cameo in X-Men: First Class which also starred Kevin Bacon.

Delmarva Shorebirds

Link 1) Actor Alexis Denisof was born in Salisbury, Maryland which the Delmarva Shorebirds call home. He was in The Avengers as The Other appearing in a scene with Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. Hiddleston was in Crimson Peak with Jessica Chastain who appeared on the May 5, 2017 episode of The Graham Norton Show alongside Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Using Alexis Denisof, we can also trace him to Kevin Bacon through another Marvel movie: The Guardians Of The Galaxy. Denisof appears in the film which also stars Djimon Hounsou who was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Linda Hamilton was also born in Salisbury. One of her most popular roles is as Sarah Connor in the Terminator movies which also star Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was in True Lies with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Greensboro Grasshoppers

Link 1) Greensboro was a New York Yankees affiliate from 1990-2002 and one of the many players that came through was Derek Jeter. He had a cameo appearance in the movie The Other Guys alongside Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg starred alongside Kevin Bacon in the movie Patriots Day.

Link 2) Derek Jeter also had a cameo in the movie Anger Management with Jack Nicholson. Nicholson was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) US speed skater Joey Cheek was born in Greensboro. He appeared on an episode on The Colbert Report on August 12, 2008. Just a few months later, December 9, 2008 to be exact, Kevin Bacon was a guest on the show.

Link 4) Record producer Tony Brown was born in Greensboro. One of the many acts that he produced records for is Reba McEntire. She was in the movie Tremors with Kevin Bacon.

Greenville Drive

Link 1) In the second season of the Netflix show House Of Cards, Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood describes an embarrassing moment where he threw out a first pitch at a Greenville Drive game. Spacey was in Working Girl with Oliver Platt who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Even though she grew up in Texas, actor Jaimie Alexander was born in Greenville. Most famous for playing Sif in the Thor movies, she was in The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was in True Lies with Bill Paxton who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Celebrity chef Tyler Florence was born in Greenville and was guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show for the Sandwich Showdown competition to find the best sandwich in the US. Another frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show? Kevin Bacon.

Hagerstown Suns

Link 1) Pitcher Brian Wilson played for Hagerstown during the 2004 season. Wilson appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno several different times including the episode on November 4, 2010. Also appearing on the show that night was actor Anne Hathaway. She was in The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Chris Woodward played in Hagerstown in 1996 and made a guest appearance on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Season 3 Episode 18. Another famous face on the show? Drake. He was in Anchorman 2 with Steve Carell who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Hickory Crawdads

Link 1) Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen played for the Hickory Crawdads and he proposed to his girlfriend on the December 11, 2013 episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show. Another guest on the show that day was Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Matthew Settle was born in Hickory. He starred in Band Of Brothers with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) We can also connect Settle through his work on the TV show Gossip Girl which costarred Blake Lively. She was in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee with Winona Ryder. Ryder was in A Scanner Darkly with Robert Downey Jr. who was in Short Cuts with Chris Penn. Penn was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Kannapolis Intimidators

Link 1) Ricky Williams might be more famous for his football career but he actually spent two years playing minor league baseball in Kannapolis. He also had a cameo in the movie Stuck On You with Greg Kinnear. Kinnear was in As Good As It Gets with Jack Nicholson who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Lakewood BlueClaws

Link 1) Cole Hamels suited up for Lakewood back in 2003. He is married to Heidi Strobel who was a contestant on Survivor: The Amazon with fellow contestant Jenna Morasca. She was in a Direct-To-DVD movie called Hack! with William Forsythe. He was in Virtuosity with Denzel Washington. He costarred in Safe House with Ryan Reynolds who was in R.I.P.D. with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another Phillies player making the stop in Lakwood is Ryan Howard who starred as himself on an episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia costarring Danny DeVito. DeVito was in Mars Attacks! with Rance Howard who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Frost/Nixon.

Link 3) Shane Victorino also played in Lakewood and made it to the silver screen. Victorino landed a role on the Hawaii Five-O episode called Kupale that aired on February 20, 2012. One of his costars was Scott Caan who was in a movie called Novocaine with Kevin Bacon who was uncredited on the project.

Lexington Legends

Link 1) During the 2006 season, pitcher Roger Clemens suited up for the Lexington Legends. He was one of several athletes to have cameos in the movie Anger Management alongside Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor George Clooney was born in Lexington. He was in Ocean’s 11 with Julia Roberts who costarred with Kevin Bacon in the movie Flatliners.

Link 3) Fellow actor Josh Hopkins was also born in Lexington and he costarred with George Clooney in the movie The Perfect Storm. The film also starred Mark Wahlberg who was in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Another product of Lexington is actor Michael Shannon who costarred with Kevin Bacon in the movie The Woodsman.

Rome Braves

Link 1) Retired player David Ross suited up for Rome for two games during the 2009 season. He appeared on the 24th season of Dancing With The Stars alongside fellow celebrity contestant actor Heather Morris. She was a dancer in the movie Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler. Sandler was in Anger Management with Jack Nicholson who starred with Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

West Virginia Power

Link 1) Actor Ann Magnuson was born in Charleston, West Virginia, the city the West Virginia Power call home. She was in the movie Panic Room with Jodie Foster who was in a movie called The Air I Breathe with Kevin Bacon.

The Midwest League: Bacon Edition

The next league to get the Kevin Bacon treatment is the Midwest League. Here’s a look at what I found.

Beloit Snappers

Link 1) Pitcher Jim Morris played in Beloit as a member of the Beloit Brewers in 1984 and 1985. His life story was made into the baseball movie The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. Quaid was in Vantage Point with Matthew Fox who was in Party Of Five with Neve Campbell. Campbell was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) One notable Beloit, Wisconsin native is Eugene Lee who has been a set designer on Broadway and has been designing shows for Saturday Night Live for over 40 years where he has worked with many notable hosts including Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Or if we want the longer version for Lee, he also designed sets for the Broadway show Wicked starring Kristin Chenoweth. She appeared on the TV show Glee with Diana Agron. She was in Burlesque with Katerina Mikailenko who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Bowling Green Hot Rods

Link 1) Bowling Green, Kentucky is the hometown of movie director John Carpenter. One of the movies Carpenter directed was Escape From New York starring Kurt Russell. Russell was in Backdraft with Donald Sutherland who was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another one of Carpenter’s movies is Starman with Jeff Bridges. Bridges was in R.I.P.D. with Kevin Bacon.

Burlington Bees

Link 1) Actor William Frawley, best known for I Love Lucy, is from Burlington, Iowa. One of the last movies he was in was Safe At Home! starring Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Maris was portrayed by actor Barry Pepper in the movie *61. Pepper was in Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Using the same link through *61, Mickey Mantle was portrayed by Thomas Jane who was in Magnolia with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Link 1) Actor Ron Livingston was born in Cedar Rapids. He is best known for his role in Office Space alongside Jennifer Aniston. She was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another actor from Cedar Rapids is Riley Smith who was in New York Minute with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Ashley Olsen was in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle with Cameron Diaz who was in The Mask with Peter Riegert. He was in Animal House with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Ashton Kutcher is also from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He voiced a character in the animated movie Open Season with Gary Sinise. Sinise was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Yet another famous actor was born in Cedar Rapids. This time, it’s Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood who costarred alongside Sean Astin in the famous trilogy. Astin worked with Kevin Bacon on White Water Summer.

Clinton LumberKings

Link 1) I was only able to really find one link to Clinton and it’s a long one so bear with me. Actress Peggy Moran was born in Clinton, Iowa. She was in the movie King Of The Cowboys with Roy Rogers. Rogers was in the movie In Old Amarillo with Penny Edwards. She was in the Dalton Girls with Merry Anders who was in the 1953 version of Titanic with Robert Wagner. He was in The Player with Tim Robbins who costarred alongside Kevin Bacon in Mystic River.

Dayton Dragons

Link 1) Tom Aldredge was born in Dayton. He starred in the film The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford with Brad Pitt. Pitt was in An Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise who starred in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Luke Grimes is also from Dayton and he was in American Sniper with Sienna Miller. She was in Stardust with Robert De Niro who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actor Dorian Harewood was born in Dayton and he was in the movie Assault On Precinct 13 with Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne starred in Mystic Rive with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Allison Janney is also from Dayton and she was in film The Help with Emma Stone who was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Dayton actor Ken Jenkins was in The Abyss with Ed Harris who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Rob Lowe was also born in Dayton and he was in The Outsiders with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 7) For our final link, we connect Dayton native Martin Sheen who narrated the movie JFK which starred Kevin Bacon.

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Link 1) The Office star Jenna Fischer was born in Fort Wayne before moving to St Louis. She was in Blades Of Glory with Will Ferrell who was in Old School with Vince Vaughn. Vaughn was in Mr. And Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actress Molly Hagan was also born in Fort Wayne and she was in the film We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron. He was in Dirty Grandpa with Robert De Niro who was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Fort Wayne native Shelley Long may be famous for being in the TV classic Cheers but she was also in The Money Pit with Tom Hanks. Hanks starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Great Lakes Loons

Link 1) Former Loons pitcher Clayton Kershaw guest starred in an episode of New Girl alongside Damon Wayans Jr. He was in The Other Guys with Will Ferrell who was in Old School with Vince Vaughn. Vaughn was in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and he starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Sleepers.

Kane County Cougars

Link 1) Actress Joan Taylor was born in Geneva, Illinois, home of the Kane County Cougars. She was in Fort Yuma with Peter Graves who was in Men In Black II with Tommy Lee Jones. Jones was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Lake County Captains

Link 1) One former Lake County Captains player is CC Sabathia. He appeared in a promotional video for the video game Battlefield Bad Company 2. Actor David Menkin voiced the character Preston Marlowe. He was in the movie Florence Foster Jenkins with Meryl Streep who was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another Captains’ alumnus is Scott Radinsky who is currently a bullpen coach with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. But he is also a music icon playing in the punk band Pulley. One of the bands that Pulley has opened for is Green Day. Green Day guest starred on an episode of King Of The Hill called “The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteberg” and included the voice talents of Mike Judge. Judge also wrote and directed the movie Office Space which starred Jennifer Aniston. She worked with Kevin Bacon in the movie Picture Perfect.

Lansing Lugnuts

Link 1) Actor Timothy Busfield was born in Lansing and was in Field Of Dreams alongside Kevin Costner. Costner costarred with Kevin Bacon in JFK.

Link 2) Matthew Lillard was also born in Lansing. He was in Trouble With A Curve with Clint Eastwood. Eastwood directed Mystic River which starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Martial arts movie star Steven Seagal was also born in Lansing. He was in Executive Decision with Oliver Platt who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Peoria Chiefs

Link 1) Actor Tom Irwin was born in Peoria. He was on the TV show My So-Called Life with Claire Danes. She was in Stardust with Robert De Niro who starred in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actress Camryn Manheim was born in Caldwell, New Jersey but grew up in Peoria. She starred in the movie Cop Car with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Hollywood special effects makeup artist Tami Lane is a native of Peoria and she worked on The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with James McAvoy. He was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Actor David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria. He was in the movie Lady In The Water with Paul Giamatti. He was in My Best Friend’s Wedding with Julia Roberts and she costarred with Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

Link 5) Nomar Garciaparra played two games with Peoria during the 2005 season. He guest starred on an episode of Saturday Night Live and that week’s host was Kate Hudson. Hudson was in You, Me, and Dupree with Owen Wilson who was in Meet The Parents with Robert De Niro. De Niro and Kevin Bacon were both in the movie Sleepers.

Quad Cities River Bandits

Link 1) Actress Lara Flynn Boyle was born in Davenport and was the main villain in Men In Black II starring Tommy Lee Jones. Jones was in JFK with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Davenport native Dana Davis was in Coach Carter with Samuel L. Jackson who was in A Time To Kill with Kiefer Sutherland. Sutherland was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Another Davenport actress is Mary Beth Perl who was in The Stepford Wives with Christopher Walker. He was in At Close Range with Chris Penn who was in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) One of the River Bandits former players is Jim Edmonds. His third wife joined the cast of the The Real Housewives Of Orange County alongside Heather Dubrow. In 2000, she starred in a TV show called That’s Life with Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn was in Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood with Sandra Bullock who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

South Bend Cubs

Link 1) Actor Dean Norris is from South Bend. He was in the movie Secret In Their Eyes with Julia Roberts who was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Norris was also in The Counselor with Michael Fassbender who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) If we want to use another of Norris’ costars from The Counselor, Brad Pitt was also in that movie and he worked with Kevin Bacon on Sleepers.

Link 4) Norris was also in The Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller who was in Meet The Parents with Robert De Niro. De Niro and Kevin Bacon were in Sleepers together as well.

West Michigan Whitecaps

Link 1) One former Whitecaps player is Brennan Boesch and he’s married to actress Allison Ochmanek. She had an uncredited part in Iron Man 2 which costarred Samuel L. Jackson. He was in A View To A Kill with Kiefer Sutherland was costarred with Kevin Bacon in Flatliners.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Link 1) Appleton native and actor Willem Dafoe was in Speed 2: Cruise Control with Sandra Bullock who was in Loverboy with Kevin Bacon.

The New York-Penn League: Bacon Edition

Aberdeen IronBirds

Link 1) Michael D. Griffin, the 11th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA, is from Aberdeen, Maryland where the IronBirds play. Kevin Bacon portrayed NASA astronaut Jack Swigert in the movie Apollo 13.

Link 2) Perhaps one of Aberdeen’s most famous residents is Cal Ripken Jr. who also owns the Aberdeen IronBirds with his brother Billy. Cal Ripken Jr. was chronicled in the documentary 2001: A Year With Cal Ripken Jr. The narrator was Edward Norton who also played a character called The Narrator in Fight Club alongside Brad Pitt. Pitt was in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon.

Auburn Doubledays

Link 1) Model Kelly Brannigan is from Auburn, New York. She worked on Deal Or No Deal with Howie Mandel. Mandel was in an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures  Of Superman with Dean Cain. Cain was in Rat Race with Cuba Gooding Jr. who was in Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Batavia Muckdogs

Link 1) Batavia, New York was mentioned in an episode of the Simpsons called The Twisted World Of Marge Simpson. In Season 8, Episode 11, the first order that came through for Marge’s new pretzel business was from the Meat Packers Union Hall in Batavia. Hank Azaria was credited doing several characters in the episode and he interviewed Kevin Bacon for his AOL Original Series Letting Go where he talks about fatherhood.

Brooklyn Cyclones

Link 1) One Brooklyn native is actor Scott Baio. He was on Happy Days with Ron Howard who directed Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Link 2) Actor Corbin Bleu is from Brooklyn and while he is perhaps best known for High School Musical, he was also in the movie Mystery Men as a kid alongside actors such as William H. Macy. Macy was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Like Corbin Bleu, Steve Buscemi is also from Brooklyn and worked with William H. Macy. They worked on Fargo together and Macy was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Chuck Connors aka The Rifleman was also from Brooklyn. He was in Airplane II: The Sequel with Rip Torn. Torn and Kevin Bacon were both in a Season 5 episode of Will and Grace titled Bacon and Eggs.

Link 5) Brooklyn native Edie Falco was in the TV show Oz with J.K. Simmons who was in Patriot’s Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Jimmy Fallon was born in Brooklyn and he was in the movie Taxi with Queen Latifah. Latifah was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Links 7 and 8) Adrian Grenier is from Brooklyn and he was in The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl Streep. She was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon. Anne Hathaway has the same link being from Brooklyn and starring in The Devil Wears Prada.

Link 9) If we’re getting even more specific, Arlo Guthrie is from Coney Island, close to where the Brooklyn Cyclones park is. Guthrie was on The Muppet Show for Season 4, Episode 8 alongside Frank Oz. Oz was in Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones with Rose Byrne who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 10) Brooklyn native Norah Jones was in Two Weeks Notice with Sandra Bullock. Kevin Bacon starred alongside and directed Sandra Bullock in the movie Loverboy.

There are a lot of links that can be found through Brooklyn, so see if you can find more.

Connecticut Tigers

Link 1) Norwich, Connecticut is not only the home of the Connecticut Tigers but is also the birthplace of Costa Dillon aka the creator of Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes. It spawned several sequels including Return Of The Killer Tomatoes which starred a young George Clooney. He was in Ocean’s 11 with Brad Pitt who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Sleepers.

Hudson Valley Renegades

Link 1) Fishkill, New York native Robert Kanigher was a comic book writer who wrote and worked on Wonder Woman comics for over 20 years. The new Wonder Woman movie has Chris Pine amongst the cast. He was in Into The Woods with Meryl Streep who starred in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Ryan Ruocco is from Fishkill and he currently works as a sports broadcaster in New York and is the secondary TV announcer for the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Bacon has gone to several Brooklyn Nets games thus completing that chain of Bacon.

Lowell Spinners

Link 1) Lowell native Michael Chiklis was in American Horror Story with Kathy Bates. Bates was in About Schmidt with Jack Nicholson who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in A Few Good Men.

Link 2) Chiklis was also in the TV show Vegas with Dennis Quaid. Quaid was in Vantage Point with Matthew Fox who was in Party Of Five with Neve Campbell. Kevin Bacon was in Wild Things with Campbell.

Link 3) Another link through Chiklis is the movie Eagle Eye where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton was in Jayne Mansfield’s Car with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Olympia Dukakis is another Lowell native. She was in In The Land Of Women with Meg Ryan. Ryan and Kevin Bacon were in the movie In The Cut together although his role is uncredited.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Link 1) Director Dominic Sena is from Niles, Ohio where the Mahoning Valley Scrappers play. Sena directed Janet Jackson’s famous Rhythm Nation music video but this connection is through a film he directed called Kalifornia. It starred Brad Pitt who went on to work with Kevin Bacon in Sleepers.

Linke 2) Sena also directed Gone In Sixty Seconds with Angelina Jolie. She was in Beowulf with John Malkovich who starred in Queens Logic with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Another film Sena directed was Swordfish which starred Hugh Jackman. Jackman and Bacon both appeared in X-Men: First Class.

State College Spikes

Link 1) Pixar animator Doug Sweetland is from State College, Pennsylvania. He was one of the animators on Toy Story which included the voice talents of Tom Hanks who starred in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Joshua Leonard was born in Houston but grew up in State College. He was in The Shaggy Dog with Tim Allen who was in Toy Story with Tom Hanks. Hanks was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Staten Island Yankees

Like Brooklyn, Staten Island has many links to Kevin Bacon. I’ve only included a few below but see if you can find more.

Link 1) Jennifer Esposito is from Staten Island and she starred in Taxi with Queen Latifah. Latifah was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) She was also in The Bachelor with Renee Zellweger who starred in My One And Only with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Staten Island native Alyssa Milano starred in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade. Spade was in Reality Bites with Keith David who starred in Novocaine alongside Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Comedian and Staten Island native Eddie Pepitone was in the movie Old School with Vince Vaughn. Vaughn was in The Dilemma with Queen Latifah who starred in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Actor Martin Sheen is from Staten Island was the narrator for the movie JFK which starred Kevin Bacon.

Tri-City ValleyCats

Link 1) Actor Robert Fuller is from Troy, New York where the ValleyCats play. He was in Walker, Texas Ranger with Chuck Norris for four episodes. Norris was in Dodgeball with Vince Vaughn who was in The Dilemma with Queen Latifah. She was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another Troy native is actress Maureen Stapleton. She was in The Money Pit with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) And yet another actor from Troy is Russell Wong who was in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor alongside Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Vermont Lake Monsters

Link 1) Actor Orson Bean is from Burlington, Vermont. He had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives alongside Teri Hatcher. She was in The Big Picture starring Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Actor Will Lyman, best known for his voiceovers on the PBS series Frontline, was in A Perfect Murder with Michael Douglas who produced the Kevin Bacon movie Flatliners.

Link 3) Lyman was also the Award Ceremony Narrator in Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. who was in Due Date with Zach Galifiankis. Galifiankis was in The Hangover with Bradley Cooper who was in Failure To Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker. She starred in Footloose with Kevin Bacon.

West Virginia Black Bears

Link 1) The Black Bears are technically based in Granville but with a population of about 700 people, it was hard to find anyone notable enough to connect to Kevin Bacon. However, if we travel 10 minutes down the road to Morgantown, we find our connections there. James Hoover was born in Morgantown and went on to become an audio engineer who has won Grammys and collaborated with several well-known musicians including Beyonce. Beyonce was in Dreamgirls with Jamie Foxx who was in Collateral with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another well-known Morgantown resident was Don Knotts. He voiced Mayor Turkey Lurkey in the Disney movie Chicken Little and Steve Zahn did the voice for Runt of the Litter. Zahn was also in You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Knotts was also in the movie Pleasantville with William H Macy who was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Williamsport Crosscutters

Link 1) Actress Trisha Rae Stahl is from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She had a recurring role on Glee as Millie Rose and worked alongside Jane Lynch. Lynch was in a video short called 8 with Kevin Bacon.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants: 4/23/2017

Here are some photos from the Rockies/Giants game yesterday. Enjoy!

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Brandon Belt taking grounders in left field during warmups. (Jarah Wright)

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Tyler Anderson throwing before the game. (Jarah Wright)

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Tyler Anderson (Jarah Wright)

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Ian Desmond was out running sprints before the game. (Jarah Wright)

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Kyle Freeland warming up in the outfield before the game. (Jarah Wright)

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Kyle Freeland pitching in the first inning. (Jarah Wright)

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Charlie Blackmon had a leadoff triple. (Jarah Wright)

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Nolan Arenado. (Jarah Wright)

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Jeff Samardzija (Jarah Wright)

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Kyle Freeland (Jarah Wright)

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Charlie Blackmon diving back to first. (Jarah Wright)

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Hunter Pence looks up at Gerrardo Parra’s homer. (Jarah Wright)

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Charlie Blackmon makes the catch in center. (Jarah Wright)

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Carlos Gonzalez goes after a ball. (Jarah Wright)

The Northwest League: Bacon Edition

Boise Hawks

Link 1) Actor William Petersen graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise before going on to become famous as Gil Grissom on CSI. He also starred in the movie Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World with Steve Carell. Carell was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Petersen was also in a movie called Fear with Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg starred in Patriots Day with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actress Maureen O’Hara lived in Boise. She was in the movie Only The Lonely with John Candy. Candy was in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and guess who had a cameo in that film? That’s right. Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Another one of O’Hara’s costars in Only The Lonely is Ally Sheedy. She was in X-Men: Apocalypse alongside James McAvoy who starred in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Director Michael Hoffman went to school at Boise State University. He has gone on to direct movies like The Best Of Me starring James Marsden. Marsden was in X-Men: Days Of Future Past alongside Michael Fassbender who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Hoffman also directed Gambit starring Cameron Diaz. She was in Knight And Day with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 7) Screenwriter Maggie Carey grew up in Boise. She married TV star Bill Hader but is known for her writing. She wrote the screenplay for a movie called The To Do List which starred Clark Gregg. He was in The Avengers with Mark Ruffalo who was in In The Cut with Kevin Bacon.

Eugene Emeralds

Link 1) Actor Brandon Beemer was born in Eugene, Oregon and he starred in Material Girls alongside Anjelica Huston who shares a birthday with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Another of Beemer’s costars in Material Girls was Lukas Haas. He was in Mars Attacks with Jack Nicholson who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) We follow the same chain going through Haas. He was also in Zoolander with Justin Theroux. Justin Theroux was in Wanderlust with his now-wife Jennifer Aniston. Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Actor Eric Christian Olsen was born in Eugene. He was in Pearl Harbor with Alec Baldwin. Baldwin was in She’s Having A Baby with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Another one of Olsen’s Pearl Harbor costars was Ben Affleck. Affleck was in He’s Just Not That Into You with Jennifer Aniston who was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Yet another one of Olsen’s Pearl Harbor costars was Kate Beckinsale. She was in Van Helming with Hugh Jackman. Jackman had an uncredited cameo in X-Men: First Class which starred Kevin Bacon.

Link 7) Olsen starred in a movie called Cellular with William H. Macy. Macy was in Murder In The First with Kevin Bacon.

Link 8) Actress Jenny Wade is from Eugene. She was in Rumor Has It with Jennifer Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Everett AquaSox

Link 1) Actor Patrick Duffy grew up in Everett graduating from Cascade High School. He was in both the original Dallas TV show and the remake which costarred Jesse Metcalfe. Metcalfe was in Desperate Housewives with Felicity Huffman. She is married to William H Macy who starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Murder In The First.

Link 2) Duffy was also in You Again with Jamie Lee Curtis. She worked with Kevin Bacon in the movie Queens Logic.

Hillsboro Hops

Link 1) Actor Kelly AuCoin is from Hillsboro. He was in the TV show Turn with Jamie Bell. Bell was in Snowpiercer with Olivia Spencer who was in Beauty Shop with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) AuCoin was also in The Americans with Keri Russell. She was in Bedtime Stories with Courteney Cox who was on Friends with Jennifer Aniston. Aniston starred alongside Kevin Bacon in Picture Perfect.

Link 3) Another TV show AuCoin worked on was House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. Spacey was in Beyond The Sea with John Goodman. Goodman was in Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) AuCoin also was in one episode of The Following whose lead actor was Kevin Bacon.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

Link 1) TV director Michael Uppendahl grew up in Keizer, Oregon. He directed several episodes of Mad Men starring Jon Hamm. Hamm was in Million Dollar Arm with Bill Paxton. Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton worked together on Apollo 13.

Link 2) Another Mad Men actor Uppendahl worked with was January Jones. She was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Uppendahl also directed episodes of Ray Donovan starring Live Schreiber. Schreiber was in X-Men Origins: Wolvering with Hugh Jackman. Jackman had an uncredited cameo in X-Men: First Class starring Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Another show Uppendahl directed several episodes for is American Horror Story with Evan Peters. Peters was in X-Men: Days Of Future Past with James McAvoy who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Spokane Indians

Link 1) Actor Craig T. Nelson was born in Spokane and he was in the movie Gold with Matthew McConaughey. McConaughey was in Failure To Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker who starred with Kevin Bacon in Footloose.

Link 2) Another costar from Gold was Corey Stoll who starred in the TV show The Strain with Jonathan Hyde. Hyde was in Jumanji with Kirsten Dunst who was in Interview With A Vampire with Tom Cruise. Cruise was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Craig T. Nelson was also in Get Hard with Kevin Hart. Hart was in Ride Along with Laurence Fishburne who was in Mystic River with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Nelson was also in a movie called Soul Surfer with Dennis Quaid. Quaid was in The Right Stuff with Ed Harris. Harris worked with Kevin Bacon in Apollo 13.

Tri-City Dust Devils

Link 1) Acclaimed cinematographer James Wong Howe grew up in Pasco, Washington. The last movie he worked on was Funny Lady with James Can. Can was in Blood Ties with Zoe Saldana. She was in Takers with Matt Dillon who was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Howe also worked on The Molly Maguires with Sean Connery. Connery was in The Rock with Ed Harris who was in Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Howe was also the director of photography on The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter with Alan Arkin. Arkin was in Little Miss Sunshine with Steve Carell who was is Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Vancouver Canadians

Link 1) Actor Hayden Christensen was born in Vancouver and he starred in Vanishing On 7th Street with Thandie Newton. Newton was in Mission Impossible 2 with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.

Link 2) Christensen was in Star Wars: Episode 3 with Natalie Portman who was in Song To Song with Michael Fassbender. Fassbender was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 3) Actress Mackenzie Davis was born in Vancouver and she will be starring alongside Ryan Gosling in the upcoming film Blade Runner 2049. Gosling was in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 4) Actor Joshua Jackson was born in Vancouver and he was in Inescapable with Marisa Tomei. Tomei was also in Crazy, Stupid, Love with Kevin Bacon.

Link 5) Even Deadpool himself aka Ryan Reynolds was born in Vancouver. He was in Life with Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal was in Prisoners with Hugh Jackman who was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.

Link 6) Ryan Reynolds starred with Kevin Bacon in R.I.P.D.

Link 7) Actor Seth Rogen was also born in Vancouver. He was in Neighbors with Zac Efron. Efron was in 17 Again with Matthew Perry who was on Friends with Jennifer Aniston. Aniston was in Picture Perfect with Kevin Bacon.

Link 8) Rogen was also in The Night Before with Joseph Gordon-Levitt who was in Snowden with Tom Wilkinson. Wilkinson was in Valkyrie with Tom Cruise who was in A Few Good Men with Kevin Bacon.