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Garrabrants moving up

July 4, 2007

Albany -- Tuesday Peanuts utility-man Steve Garrabrants was named the player of the month in the South Coast League.

Wednesday Garrabrants got the call, and now has a shot at the big leagues.

Steve Garrabrants becomes the third member of the team to have his contract purchased by a major league organization, joining Jon Zeringue and Jared Sutton.

Garrabrants joins the Lancaster JetHawks, the Class A franchise in the Red Sox farm system playing in the California league.

The irony of the July 4th call-up is not lost on the now-former Peanut.

"Fourth of July, it's a good day to have it happen, you know," Garrabrants says, with a smile. "Independence, I guess, from the Peanuts."

Manager Wally Backman says, "Boston is the lucky organization, that's getting a quality individual. They're going to be happy with him."

Manager Wally Backman says Garrabrants promotion is an easy sell.

"Stevie is by far, in my opinion, the best player in the league, and has the best opportunity to get to the major leagues just because he's so versatile," says Backman.

Garrabrants says, "You never know what's going to happen, coming all the way out here and playing independent ball, so I'm excited."

The loss of Garrabrants leaves a big hole in the line-up card of the South Georgia Peanuts.

"It's going to hurt us, but we'll try to regroup, and revamp, and go from there," says Backman.

The team will start by bringing in former major leaguer Curtis Goodwin.

The 34-year-old outfielder played five seasons in the majors, with his last game coming in 1999.

"He's in great shape, he wants to play again, says Backman. 

"He's been working out all year. "I wanted to bring him in at the start of the year, and we had a few issues with some people in the league that didn't want him in the league, and I don't care about those anymore, he's coming," the manager added, with a laugh.

Curtis Goodwin is a career .248 hitter, stole at least 50 bases three straight seasons in the minors, and should be joining the team tomorrow.  

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