"That's a good idea," he said.
This was the first-ever Bracket Bucks competition for Charleston Newspapers, but it won't be the last. A pre-tournament Bracket Party was held at Recovery Sports Grill the day after Selection Sunday, and readers, sponsors and confident prognosticators came out to a three-hour event that featured yours truly and Charleston Gazette sports editor Mitch Vingle.
Sheets will likely have the burden of expectations when filling out his brackets next year, but the downside is his favorite team has to stumble for him to have a chance to succeed.
"I owe it all to West Virginia for not being in the tournament this year," he said.
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IN BASEBALL news, right-hander Phil Irwin became the fourth West Virginia Power player to reach the parent club since the Power became an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009.
Irwin, 26, made his debut Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed five runs (four earned) and six hits in 42/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four in the no-decision.
He got the brief call-up after an injury to starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez created the need for a spot starter. Irwin was demoted to AAA Indianapolis after his debut.
Irwin follows in the footsteps of Chase d'Arnaud (debut: June 24, 2011), Starling Marte (debut: July 26, 2012) and Kyle McPherson (debut: Aug. 20, 2012) as Power players who went from baby to big Bucs.
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HURRICANE HIGH School graduate and Boston Red Sox pitcher Alex Wilson made his Major League debut April 11 against the Baltimore Orioles. He has three scoreless innings in two appearances, and he can forever be the answer to a tricky sports trivia question.
Wilson is the first pitcher born in Saudi Arabia to reach the Majors.
The first position player born in Saudi Arabia to reach the Majors is Craig Stansberry, who had 24 at-bats with the San Diego Padres (2007-09). He was used mostly as a pinch-hitter.
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