Sean and I headed over for the first game of a Sunday afternoon double-header between the North Shore Navigators and Bristol Blues of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) at Muzzy Field in Bristol, CT, best known as the home of ESPN.
It was a good game, with the Blues holding a 2-1 lead going into the final inning.
The Navs tied it up and had a runner on second base with one out. The batter hit a slow roller to third, and the third baseman faked a throw to first and then threw to third where the runner had rounded the base, catching him in a pickle. It looked like the runner was dead to rights, but the Bristol third baseman stayed in the baseline, got in the way of the runner to an extent, and was called for obstruction, which allowed the runner in the pickle to score what would turn out to be the game-winning run. (You can watch the play here — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNZpRZUrOII&feature=youtu.be&a= — at about the 2:05:15 mark).
Bristol manager Ronnie Palmer argued the call initially, and then after the next batter came to bat, hurled an f-bomb at the umpire who made the obstruction call, which got him ejected.
Palmer getting his money’s worth with the umpire after being ejected
Palmer raced out onto the field and argued with the umpire for a couple minutes before eventually leaving the field.
The Navs needed a great catch by their left fielder up against the outfield wall in the bottom of the inning to hold on for a 3-2 win.
Sean got a couple balls. One was hit to the area where a blues band named “Murray the Wheel” was setting up to play between games of the double-header. We had been on the other side of the field, and when we came over an inning later, I noticed the ball sitting in their area. I told Sean he could ask them for the ball if he wanted, but that they may want to keep it.
They gave Sean the ball, and even signed it for him, not that Sean was looking for the signature. But thanks to Murray the Wheel for hooking Sean up!
Sean got another, non-signed ball, too.
It’s the first regular season ball I have seen from any league that has the year (2018) on the ball. Very cool!
We also got a lineup card from North Shore manager Todd Alford after the game. Alford seemed like a good guy, and we talked for a couple minutes about the crazy obstruction play that helped his team earn the win.
2018: 8 lineup cards (5 dugout/bullpen; 2 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup”)
Lifetime: 165 lineup cards (112 dugout/bullpen; 49 “official batting order”; 2 “relief pitcher usage”; and 2 “today’s lineup”)
Leagues: MLB: American League; National League; 2017 ALDS. MiLB: International League (AAA); Pacific Coast League (AAA); Eastern League (AA); Southern League (AA); Carolina League (A); New York-Penn League (A), including 2017 NYPL ASG. Independent Leagues: Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association; Frontier League. Colleges: NCAA – America East Conference; NCAA – American Athletic Conference; NCAA – Ivy League; NCAA – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; NCAA – Northeast Conference; Cape Cod League; NJCAA – Region XXI; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL); Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League. International: World Baseball Classic (qualifying round, 2016).