15 February 2018

Canberra Calvary pitcher Brian Grening retires from baseball

| Lachlan Roberts
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Brian Grening in action at the ABL Championship series against the Brisbane Bandits. Photo: Supplied by SMPIMAGES.COM/ABL Media.

Brian Grening has called time on his career after leading the Canberra Cavalry to a win in the first game of the Championship Series last Friday night (9 February).

In a press release shared by Canberra Cavalry, Grening said that last Friday’s match was unforgettable for many reasons.

“I couldn’t have thought of a better way to end my career: in Canberra, in the Championship Series, in front of the best fans in the ABL. For many reasons, it was one of the best nights of my career and I will never forget it.”

“There is something about the Cavs, the Fort and Canberra I can’t explain. Here players exceed their talent level, fans connect with players like nowhere else, a small stadium feels huge, the old dirty clubhouse doesn’t matter and the desire is never greater.”

Grening was part of the team who won Canberra’s lone Claxton Shield in 2012-2013 and played a vital role in the Cavs winning game one of the Championship series.

The 32-year-old said the crowd at the home finale last Friday night provided a lasting memory.

“One lasting memory I’ll have is when we made the first out in game-one last Friday on a pop-up foul and you guys erupted in cheers. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, they really showed up for us tonight.'”

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone for making me part of this community and sharing so many special memories.”

“I grew up playing in Oregon, went to school in California to play and played for nine different professional teams in five different countries but I will always consider the Canberra Cavalry my home team. Thanks for everything Cavs.”

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