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Brotherly Baseball – The Fabry’s

Baseball is often considered a family sport. From the little leagues all the way to the major leagues, there are plenty of examples of brothers playing together.

This summer, that boyhood dream of playing together professionally came true for Jacob and Phillip Fabry.

The brothers are five and a half years apart – Jacob is 30 and Phillip is 25, so while they played baseball together in their backyard, they were never able to play organized baseball together… until this summer.

Growing up, the brothers were all about baseball and the thrill of competition. Whether they were outside trying to find something to do or inside playing video games, their plans always seemed to turn into something baseball related. From home run derbys, pick-up games or baseball video games, the two were always competing and having fun together.

Jacob, who has played independent baseball for eight seasons and is nearing the end of his career, was looking for a place to play for the 2017 season.

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(Jacob Fabry. Photo Credit: Clinton Riddle)

He had already played in the Peach State League (2010), the Can-Am (2011), the Pecos League (2012 & 2013 – on the Trinidad Triggers featured on the Pecos League TV show), the United League (2014 – on the championship winning Rio Grande Valley White Wings), and the Empire League (2015 & 2016).

Phillip, who is a newcomer to the independent baseball scene, was just looking for a team that would let him get experience.

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(Phillip Fabry. Photo Credit: Clinton Riddle)

He had gone to the North Country Baseball League (now the Empire League) spring training after college, but his team folded. After that, Phillip went to the Arizona Winter League.

But now, the team that they were looking for just happened to be the same one – The Mustangs in the Thoroughbred League.

The Mustangs manager, Scott Nathanson, had a huge hand in giving the brothers a chance to play together. Nathanson coached in the Arizona Winter League and was able to see that both of the Fabry’s just wanted to play baseball. He thought the Thoroughbred League would be the perfect fit for both.

While the league itself had some issues, it still offered the brothers that chance that they were dreaming about since childhood.

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(Phillip and Jacob. Photo Credit: Clinton Riddle)

“Playing professionally with my brother truly feels like a dream,” Jacob said. “Anyone that knows me knows my heart.  Whether I say it or not, you can see it in my eyes that baseball is my passion. Being able to share that same passion with my brother through the ups and downs, the glory and the mistakes… it is a blessing.

“I tried to give him more mentoring on how to carry yourself rather than coaching mechanics. I am a big mental guy, and I try to tell him everything I know throughout a regular routine day in the professional ranks. I am on my way out of baseball and he is fresh to it, so I still feel like I need to protect him more so than other teammates that are rookies.”

Jacob has been mentoring Phillip throughout their lives.

“It was always encouraging having him growing up because he helped me understand the game, how to get better, and what hard work looks like,” Phillip commented when asked what it was like growing up with Jacob.

“Honestly playing with him is a dream come true,” said Phillip. “He has always been my hero in the baseball world. He has done so much good, and I have wanted this since I was five. He has always been a huge inspiration when we were a part and now that we are together it’s even stronger. With us being five years a part we would only play together if it was professional so that’s very cool.”

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(“How excited I was to play baseball with my brother for the first time.” – Phillip Fabry)

Even though it was a grind in the Thoroughbred League, the Mustangs went on to win the championship, and the Fabry’s lived out their dream by each other’s side. The experience and the chance to keep playing baseball is something they will cherish forever.

“At the end of the day it’s still a child’s game and I hope to keep that joy in my heart until the last time I untie my cleats” – Jacob Fabry.

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(Photo credit: Sharon Cooksey)

 

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It was fantastic meeting and getting to know you both! Thank you for all of your support. You guys know that I will always be one of your biggest supporters too!

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Thoroughbred Baseball League Opening Day

Indy Ball Island made the drive to Nicholasville, Kentucky for the Thoroughbred Baseball League’s Opening Day on June 6th.

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The league, which is comprised of six teams all at the same stadium, is playing a hybrid schedule throughout the season.  Games will be played with staggered start times on two of the fields at the complex. Weekends will also feature double headers for each team  – so on those days, fans can see six different games while at the ballpark.

The league has to make the most of using one facility for more than 50 games per team over 60 or so days.

If that sounds a bit confusing, don’t worry… you’re right. It can be confusing for everyone involved at first. For opening night, two games were going on at the same time while the teams for the third game waited around until one of the other fields cleared out.  The third and final game didn’t start until 10:50 pm and finished at 2:05 am.

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Clearly, there needs to be some adjustments with the time and scheduling of games, but I am confident that it will all be resolved over time. Opening Night of a start up league isn’t going to go perfectly, but they can learn a lot from it.

Each field has its own set of seats behind home plate, but for fans who want to see both games, there are bleachers towards the outfields where you can see most of the action on both fields. I spent most of my time walking between both sets of bleachers as I wanted to see as much as I could.

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Another downside that kept popping up with the two field configuration is that foul balls from one field can reach the other playing field. There were many times when one game had to yell “heads up!” to the other game.

Hiccups are to be expected in any new venture. The second game’s scoreboard wasn’t on, and stats haven’t been uploaded to PointStreak just yet.

Attendance was under 100, and it seemed as if marketing and promotion in the area has been minimal. I am sure that will also improve over time.

Don’t let any of those issues scare you or make you stay away from this league. I truly believe that the issues here will be resolved with a little bit more time and running.

Dallas Murphy, owner and operator of the Thoroughbred League, has the foundations for something really great here in Kentucky.  And best of all…. he’s doing it for the right reasons.

In just one day talking to Dallas and seeing him in action, I can tell that he really cares about the players and believes in what they are doing here. He wants these players to have a safe place to play, get better and put up stats. The fields (which are a hybrid of turf and dirt) are nice and the complex as a whole is a very nice place to watch baseball. One thing he also made sure of before starting this is that all of the players have a place to stay, paid for by the league – something that is very uncommon in the lower levels of indy ball.

And yes, this league is definitely in the lower levels of independent baseball. Most players have experience in the Pecos League, Empire League, or the United Shore League. There are few former higher level independent and affiliated players, but also many who are just finishing their college career. The age range varies between lower 20’s up to 40.

But make no mistake about it, the playing level is competitive, and there are very talented players in this league.

The results for Opening Night were:

Pacers 10 Mustangs 6
Blazers 8 Broncos 6 – 12 innings
Paints 11 Stallions 7

I just want to thank Dallas Murphy, the Thoroughbred staff, managers, coaches and players for their hospitality on Opening Night. Thank you so much for inviting me and allowing me to be a part of such a special day for everyone involved.

I had an amazing time and cannot wait to come back to see how much it grows during the season.

To all of the players who came up to me and made me feel like a celebrity, thank you. I do this site for you!

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(Phil Fabry and Jacob Fabry (Pecos League TV Show)

 

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(Bryan Hoover)