The Killbillies are now off for the season and will be back for a few weeks in September for the Fall Brawl.For more information on the Killbillies, you can visit the Energetic City Roller Derby Association’s Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Killbillies were in Edmonton for a roller derby, on Saturday, as they took on the Oil City Rollergirls and the Berzerkers.In game one, with the Oil City Rollergirls, it was a very close game throughout, but in the jam, the Rollergirls would end up taking the lead and the game 157 to 156 over the Killbillies.MVP’s for the game, from the Killbillies, were Sparky, Boom Boom Bethy, Mitzzz, and Frightening MC-Queen.- Advertisement -Then in game two, with tired legs and full hearts, the Killbillies wrapped up the derby with a hard-fought game against the Berzerkers.Despite best efforts, the Bezerkers would take the win.Jennacide earned the title of Most Valuable Blocker and Sparky took the title of Most Valuable Jammer.Advertisement
Chone Figgins began the season batting ninth because Angels manager Mike Scioscia wanted to configure the lineup in a way to best “set the table for the big boys,” Vladimir Guerrero and Garret Anderson. Turns out, Figgins is pretty big himself. When the Angels players convened recently to vote for the Gene Autry Trophy, representative of the team’s MVP, Figgins was named co-winner, along with pitcher Bartolo Colon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Figgins, 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, didn’t last long in the ninth spot, moving up to leadoff. And while his place in the batting order has remained a constant, his locker full of gloves makes it clear he is used all over the field. He began the season as a player without a position, but his “have glove, will travel’ role got him into more games than any other Angel. He won the major-league stolen base crown, he’s the first Angel ever to score at least 100 runs and steal at least 50 bases in a season, and he has done it while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and first base. “He’s like having three players,” said Angels first baseman Darin Erstad, who admitted he voted for Figgins. “When you can play so many positions, it opens up the roster for more players. It takes a very unselfish guy to do that, and he never complains. It’s hard enough playing one position, and he can play a bunch of ’em well. He’s amazing.” Figgins admits he is humbled by his teammates’ acknowledgment of him. He spends a lot of time talking with Anderson and has learned enough Spanish to make small talk with Guerrero and the other Latin players. “It’s very important to me,” Figgins said of his relationships with teammates. “I got an opportunity to play more because of injuries, and sometimes I make mistakes defensively. But they never get down on me. They always pick me up. They say, /\x27/Don’t worry about it.” To get their vote for team MVP means everything to me.” “You can talk about Vlad (Guerrero), Frankie (Rodriguez), Bart, go down the list of guys, John Lackey, Scot Shields,” said Scioscia, whose team opens the American League Division Series at home today against the New York Yankees. “Chone, for a number of reasons, sticks out as a reason we’re going to the playoffs. His versatility from day one, all the changes he made, everything he did was so important. Figgy had a helluva year.” Figgins began the season as the starting second baseman because regular starter Adam Kennedy was recovering from offseason knee surgery. After Kennedy returned, Figgins found time at third base because rookie Dallas McPherson was having hip and back problems. And when center fielder Steve Finley’s troubles at the plate became too much for the Angels to bear, Figgins made his way to center on a more consistent basis. Figgins not only moves around from day to day, but he has changed positions during a game, a couple times in the same inning. He makes it look as easy as a simple change of gloves, but it isn’t. “It’s still tough to this point, having to come to the park ready to play but not knowing where,” said Figgins, who has started 47 games at third base, 45 in center field, 36 at second base, one at shortstop, seven in right field and 12 in left. “In the outfield, you have to know where the cutoff man is going to be, what the /\x27/no-doubles’ sign is, know where to back guys up. Then in the infield, you’ve got your bunt plays, and you have to know all the different signs for those.” Figgins has heard the talk that baseball should create a Gold Glove award for utility players, but that isn’t likely to happen. He knows the best way to become an All-Star is to have one position to call his own. “It’s helping me become a major-league player,” said Figgins, 27. “A lot of people in baseball would love to do what I do. Maybe being a player that plays every position is my role. As long as it keeps me on the field.” Figgins said his favorite position is “on the field,” but with further prodding, he admitted that shortstop is “where my heart is.” Figgins still has a score to settle. He had a rough time in the playoffs last year against the Red Sox, going 2 for 14 at the plate, committing a baserunning gaffe and making two errors in the field. “It’s unfair to talk about Chone because our whole team did not play to the level we hoped,” Scioscia said. “It wasn’t just Chone that had a tough series, a lot of guys didn’t get into their game. In a short series, things happen quickly.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!