Jackets honor local star with bobblehead

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Marshall and Walker Robinson wore their baseball jerseys from the North Augusta Department of Parks & Recreation youth baseball leagues to the Augusta GreenJackets game Friday night.

The first 1,000 fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Friday night received a bobblehead of North Augusta's Tyler Colvin.   Billy Byler/Staff
Billy Byler/Staff
The first 1,000 fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Friday night received a bobblehead of North Augusta's Tyler Colvin.

The brothers, Marshall is 8 and Walker is 4, were two of the first 1,000 fans who received a white box as they entered Lake Olmstead Stadium. Inside was a bobblehead of Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin, who once wore jerseys similar to the ones Marshall and Walker were wearing.

Colvin, a North Augusta High School and Clemson University product, was honored with the bobblehead giveaway that featured him in his Yellow Jackets high school baseball jersey.

"We come (to GreenJackets games) a lot, but we wanted to be here early for this one," said Michael Robinson , who brought his sons, wife and mother-in-law to the game more than an hour before it was scheduled to start.

The supply ran out more than 20 minutes before the first pitch.

"They were in high demand, no doubt," said GreenJackets general manager Nick Brown , who came up with the idea to honor Colvin despite not having a connection with the GreenJackets or San Francisco Giants.

"He played right across the river in North Augusta, and he's a hometown boy," Brown said.

Colvin was a first-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2006. His professional career has stalled because of major injuries that included Tommy John surgery in 2008; a full-speed, concussion-inducing collision in the outfield of an Advanced-A game in Dayton, Ohio, and a collapsed lung after a broken bat pierced him in the chest last summer.

Colvin broke into the Cubs' starting lineup last year and hit 20 homers in his rookie season.

He has struggled this season but came through for the Cubs on Monday night. Colvin entered as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning and hit a walk-off double down the right-field line for a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

SETTLED IN: Another Clemson product, Kyle Parker , found his footing in the minor leagues last week.

Parker, whose family lives in Evans, ended his college football career early to sign with the Rockies and started the 2011 season with the South Atlantic League's Asheville Tourists.

Parker hit his first professional homer Friday night and drove in seven runs in a 4 for 6 performance against Lakewood.

Parker's team will visit Augusta on June 16 for a four-game series that will wrap up the first half of the season just before the SAL All-Star break.

INJURED: Former Hephzibah star Casio Grider started the season with the Great Lakes Loons of the Single-A Midwest League but hasn't played since April 16. The Newberry College product was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury.

As the team's starting second baseman, Grider was hitting .308 with a .654 slugging percentage.

TOP TALENT: A 17-1 Hagerstown victory in the South Atlantic League Friday night came thanks to one of the more high-profile prospects in the minor leagues.

Bryce Harper , the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, was assigned to Hagerstown by the Washington Nationals this spring. He showed his power in a home game against Hickory where he drove in six runs.

Harper came up a triple shy of the cycle in his 3 for 3 effort. All three hits produced two RBI each, lifting him into a tie for fourth in the league at 14 RBI through 15 games.

Hagerstown is scheduled to play in Augusta for a four-game series starting July 12.


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