AROUND TOWN: Shevchik Fishing For Tips

July 29, 2018

Darrin Baker was supposed to come to play for Jamie Shevchik and the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod League earlier this summer. But the son of Dusty Baker, of fame as a Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder and major league manager of four teams, got hurt, and Shevchik, who is also the head baseball coach for Keystone College, told the younger Baker to come back when he was healthy. That happened last week, when both Bakers flew into town to get settled in the Cape, and Dusty and Shevchik struck up a conversation about deep sea fishing. Until a couple weeks before, Shevchik had never been fishing on the ocean, but suddenly, he qualified as an expert for Baker. “I went two weeks ago and loved it,” Shevchik said. “I said, ‘I know a guy.’ And he said, ‘yeah, let’s go. Bring somebody with you and we’re going to go.’ ” And so Shevchik, a lifelong Dodgers fan, figured he’d get to spend a few hours with a player he respected. “He chartered a boat and I thought we were only going out for half a day,” Shevchik said. “It turned out to be an 8-hour fishing trip.” And a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear stories from Baker, who had a 19-year playing career, and spent another 22 years managing, winning seven pennants with the Giants, Cubs, Reds and Nationals. “The stories coming out of that guy were the best part of the trip,” Shevchik said. “Everything from his era, managing, it was awesome.” So, it turns out, was the fishing. “We had a great haul,” Shevchik said, and his Facebook photos show that’s no fish story. “We weren’t catching anything for about an hour and a half. Then I hooked something and it was huge. We literally had to turn the boat around and go back.” It took some time and effort to haul in his catch. Turns out, he’d hooked an abandoned lobster pot that was filled with crabs and sea bass. “There had to be about 25 black bass in there,” Shevchik said. “We kept a few and threw back the rest. Then, for the next hour and a half, two hours, we were hammering stripers and all on the boat got our limit. “It was a once in a lifetime thing.” Don’t think he was talking about the fishing. That’s a record What’s a guy to do when his sports seasons slow down? How about run nearly 700 miles over 16 weeks to prepare for a 50-mile race? That’s what University of Scranton sports information director Randy Shemanski did, and he was rewarded with a national record. The 41-year-old just joined USA Track and Field and in his first race as a member, won his 40-44 age group and set a record at the Cayuga Falls (N.Y.) 50-miler, which makes a pair of loops through Treman State Park and Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, New York. Shemanski finished in 11 hours, 19 minutes, 54 seconds and was 54th overall. Welcome aboard Congratulations to North Pocono assistant football coach Bryan Weber and his wife, Amy, who welcomed their first child, a daughter, Reese Marra, on July 18. Reese, who fortunately resembles her mother, checked in at 7 pounds on the dot and 19 inches. And if Bryan thought he spent a lot of sleepless nights breaking down game film, just wait. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter

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