Rocky Nelson
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"Glenn Richard "Rocky" Nelson" was a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals (1949–51 and 1956), Pittsburgh Pirates (1951 and 1959–61), Chicago White Sox (1951), Brooklyn Dodgers (1952 and 1956) and Cleveland Indians (1954).

A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Nelson batted and threw left-handed. Despite pre-1959 stints with five major league clubs, Nelson failed to stick with a major league team for half a season. Reggie Otero, manager of the Havana Sugar Kings, saw Nelson clobber major league pitchers while playing winter baseball in Cuba. It was Otero’s view that Nelson needed a major league manager that would show patience toward him.

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We were sleepwalking for a while, but we got after the team at halftime and challenged them. They responded. We played some great defense.

We have all the faith in the world in Mike.

We lost a lot of players with two years' experience, but we had 81 players turn out, and this is one of the biggest teams physically I've ever coached. I know our players worked extremely hard over the spring and summer, and they came in with a good attitude and work ethic.

We saw what teams like Chelmsford and others do by scheduling tough non-league games. Chelmsford got blown out by Gloucester, but still won their league. Non-league games don't hurt you, but they certainly can get you ready for your league season.

We have to eliminate big plays on defense, and we have to eliminate the mistakes on offense that we made the first two weeks which stopped ourselves. We certainly can't do that on Friday night.

He's got some experience at quarterback. I expect him to step up and I think we will be fine. We expect to run the ball most of the time anyway.

They completed some passes on that first series and scored, but I felt we would be OK. Then we moved the ball on our possession and I had some good vibes after that.

Our attitude and work ethic have been great with this group. This pre-season went above and beyond my expectations. But, we have inexperienced players who do not have a lot of (varsity) game experience. But, I feel good about being able to compete.

If you are fortunate to win the coin toss you go on defense and find out what you have to do. This was a great emotional win for us. I've been involved in a lot of great games, but this will rank right up there.