Ant, Rastock Honored at JLaca Museum Event
Two “regulars” from the Puryear Park Cancha were honored at an event held Saturday night at the JLaca Museum in Seminole Florida.
A lively crowd of about 35 greeted the national winners from the recent Magic City Tournament held in Miami. Several people made drives of up to 4 hours each way to attend the party and celebrate with the winners.
A replay of the Masters tournament was played on a large screen in a nearby room next to the museum, which also included live poker and blackjack action during much of the 6-hour event.
Anthony Sutton, for some reason now known as the “Ant”, won the Singles Tournament while veteran player Rastock took the doubles championship along with Conrado as his teammate. Their $1,000 huge checks were on display outside the museum entrance and will be placed in the museum when room is found.
The museum suffered its first damage in its 9-year history. My wife was pointing at a couple of the bobbleheads (donated a long time ago by Dave Lemmon and Benny Bueno) that sit up above a custom-made opening over 6 feet high above the ground when she inadvertently knocked two of them over to the other side of the wall where they came crashing down. Two of the bobbleheads went flying off the narrow shelf. One of them, Daniel, suffered serious neck injuries, while Irastorza suffered unrepairable damage as he broke into multiple pieces. Rastock said he will donate a replacement for that bobblehead. The Daniel bobblehead hopefully can be repaired, but there are backups in the museum, just in case. The Pelota Press tried to reach out to the “real” Daniel that night but was unable to.
The next event in the museum coming up will honor the great Elorri of Orlando Jai-alai for his long dedication to the sport.