Commodores Community Connections
On July 28, 2016 — Players Jake Brid, Jeff Passantino, and Micheal Cantu join interns Alex Fern and Chloe LeBouf at summer camp at the Falmouth High School.
JJ Matijevic, Willie Burger, Brady Puckett, Micheal Cantu, Jeff Passintino, Thomas Ponticelli and Brendan King greet Falmouth Youth Baseball before the June 26, 2016 Commodores game.
Falmouth Youth Baseball provides organized baseball to over 200 boys and girls ranging in age from 8 – 12 years old. Support from local sponsors, parents and volunteer coaches have helped develop Falmouth Youth Baseball into one of Cape Cod’s largest and most respected baseball programs.
Willie Burger, Michael Cantu, Brady Puckett, Ryan Chandler and Steve Villines welcomed the Challenger Club to Guv Fuller field June 18, 2016.
The mission of the Challenger Club is to enrich the quality of life for children and young adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities by providing them with the opportunity to participate in a variety of athletic, recreational, and social activities that are most often not available to them under typical circumstances.
Summary by Lead Field Intern Erin Cronin
On July 5th, 2016, Tyler Holton (Florida State) and Brady Singer (University of Florida), accompanied by Lead Field Intern Erin Cronin, participated in an autograph session at Cape Cod 5 Bank in Falmouth. The players were welcomed by many patrons and fans on the busy Tuesday morning and were very pleased to be able to spread the word about the
Commodores team. We are very lucky to have the bank as such a great sponsor!
Summary by GM Intern Brian Borders
*On June 19th, 2016, Commodores players, board members, interns and volunteers once again joined in worship at the Waquoit Congregational Church. A typical Sunday service might have been expected by our players Ryan Chandler (Rice), Paul Balestrieri (Cornell), Brendan King (Holy Cross), as well as Matt Duce and Seth Elledge (Dallas Baptist), but they were in for a bit of a surprise. Baseball Day, led by Reverend Nell Fields, featured a service that included cracker jacks, the singing of Sweet Caroline, and a fantastic sermon about the score not telling the story, both in baseball and life. It concluded with players having an opportunity to meet attendees, sign autographs and hear many great baseball stories from generations past.
Summary by Lead Field Intern Erin Cronin
*For a few seasons now, we have enjoyed participating in the Morse Pond 5th and 6th Grade Field Days. This continued this year for both grades and we were happy to come back on June 16th and June 17th, 2016. As an example, Brady Puckett and Jeff Passantino (both of Lipscomb University) joined Morse Pond Middle School for their 6th Grade Field Day. They helped work the Farthest Throw competition as well as the 60 Yard Dash as the kids competed with their classmates. Our players enjoyed their time as they ran around catching footballs and chatting with the kids.
* On July 31st, 2015, JB Woodman (Ole Miss) and George Brandecker (Pittsburg State) of the Commodores had a great morning visiting with employees and patrons at the Falmouth branch of Rockland Trust. They enjoyed chatting with everyone who stopped by during a busy day of errands and spent some time visiting with our “boys of summer” as well as discussing our team’s place in the community. We hope to visit again soon!
Summary by Media Intern Brynn Foley
* Three players from our Falmouth Commodores, Boomer White, Tristan Gray and Ben Ancheff made their way to Hyannis on July 10th 2015 for the 4th annual Cape Cod Baseball Day.
The players (along with reps from the 9 other CCBL teams) signed bats, baseballs, hats, and made fans smile. Each year, 3–4 players from each team in the league come out to gives fans an experience that they can’t get in anywhere else, a chance to meet top prospected players before they make the next step to a professional career.
Summary by Volunteer Intern Brittany Gray
* On July 5th, 2015, Closer Stephen Villines and Catcher Michael Tinsley (both of the University of Kansas), stopped by the Carousel of Light at Mullen Hall Elementary School to play catch with fans and have a little ice cream provided to all patrons courtesy of Pies a la Mode. The duo from KU talked to the kids while playing catch and may even have convinced some to play ball when they grow up. The boys even had a special treat when they had the opportunity to meet and converse with a “Rock Chalk” alum. A ride on the carousel later and a few signed balls and gloves made the morning all worth it to talk with these lucky fans.
Click here to read the June 30th 2015 Boston Globe Feature Column on our Team Historian and Lifetime Board Member, Al Irish by Globe Columnist Thomas Farragher
* Coaches Stoll and Marder, along with JJ Matejevic and Andrew Snow, visited Morse Pond Middle School on June 16th 2015 for 5th Grade Field Day.
The following day, Heath Quinn and Mitch Longo joined in the fun
for 6th Grade Field Day.
The players and coaches interacted with students as they engaged in kickball, capture the flag and other games on a couple of beautiful mornings in Falmouth.
We enjoyed taking part in this great event for the second year in a row and look forward to coming back again!
* On December 7th, 2014, the Commodores Board and volunteers entered a float into the 51st Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade. In only our second attempt, we snagged a First Place Trophy! Congratulations and a huge thank you to everyone who staged, set up, rode on and broke down the float this holiday season. We are all very proud to be a part of such a great parade!
* Two Commodores players, Shaun Chase and Kevin Newman, visited Atria Woodbriar’s assisted living location in Falmouth on Friday, August 1st, 2014. The players mingled with residents including the 1954 Miss Massachusetts pageant winner Nan Cowan (pictured sitting with Shaun Chase). The players answered baseball trivia, and even had some of their own questions to ask the residents. It was commented later on what a great visit it was and the hope is to do
something like this again.
The Commodores are honored and pleased to support the Falmouth Service Center with ongoing donations throughout the year, especially during the holiday season in November and December. We are happy to assist in our small way with providing some comfort and joy to neighbors in need.