Pitching 11 innings of baseball over the course of two short days is very impressive statistic, add to the mix that the hurler is a 72-years-young former major leaguer and that takes the accomplishment to a whole other level. That 72 year-old is Bill “Spaceman” Lee who logged those innings in two countries last week as he pitched five in Vermont, picking-up the win and another six at Benevoles Park in Kirkland where he joined the Caribooze in Lakeshore Senior Baseball League action and was tagged with the loss. The win saw his Burlington team best Montpelier, “It’s always good to beat the state capital,” Bill Lee quipped. “Especially when they didn’t vote for me (when he ran to be governor).”The Kirkland appearance was billed as Spaceman Lands in Kirkland and was put out there by TSN’s Mitch Melnick, who tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. The word got out and in a short time it spread as there was a standing room crowd on hand at Benevoles and was treated to an entertaining come-from-behind win by the Padres over the Caribooze 8-7. “I had one bad inning, went in had some water and had a great inning after that,” Bill Lee said. “When the ball was in the air there were some great plays.” Lee impressed the crowd as he issued only one walk through six innings, if anything his ability to throw strikes worked to the Padres favour. “He had great control,” The Suburban and TSN 690’s Mitch Gallo, who was handling the catching duties said. “The batters were able to take their swings and make some contact but it was fun watching his curves and screw balls move around.” One of the Padres’ batters, Mike Lalonde, who picked-up the win on the mound, said the key to facing Lee was, “you couldn’t think about the fact you were facing a former major league pitcher,” Lalonde said. “Your mindset had to be it is a league game and it’s just another pitcher. If you let him get in your head then you are in trouble at the plate.” Post-game, much to those in attendance delight, Lee held court, posed for photos signed autographs and regaled those on the infield with great stories.

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