There’s Frozen the movie, and then there’s Frozen the baseball game.
Frozen the baseball game took place on Saturday, April 9 in Reading, PA. The Reading Fightin Phils of the AA Eastern League were hosting the Portland Sea Dogs.
Other games in the area — including those hosted by the Baltimore Orioles, Wilmington Blue Rocks and Trenton Thunder — were all canceled due to the rain/snow/cold. Sean and I were on our way to Washington DC to see the Capitals’ season finale Sunday night. We had originally planned to go to the blue Rocks game, but changed our plans when that game was canceled and the Fightin Phils game was still on.
It was both of our first times at FirstEnergy Stadium. It looked like it would be a fun stadium to be at on a warm summer evening, but this night didn’t quite fall into that category.
The box score says the 6:04pm game time temperature was 35 degrees with 13 mph winds. It also said that the attendance was 5,273. I can guarantee that the temperature wasn’t 35 by the end of the game, and that there probably weren’t 273 fans left, never mind 5,273.
We kept warm by running around chasing foul balls, getting six without trying too hard.
At the end of the game, a 6-2 Portland victory, Sean headed to the Portland dugout while I tried to hit up the Fightin Phils for a lineup card. Reading coaches blew me off but Sea Dog manager Bobby Meacham Sean hooked up Sean with the Portland lineup card.
As you can see from the above picture, we decided to wait until we got to the hotel room to take pictures, rather than in the cold.
The Sea Dog lineup card isn’t anything special. But since we had failed to get a Sea Dog lineup card in 2015 — we were told that then-manager Billy McMillon didn’t give them out — it was a good score to get one.
Here’s a better picture of the lineup card, as well as the gold Cole Hamels bobblehead giveaway from the game.
Lineup Card Stats
2016: 3 lineup cards (2 dugout; 1 “official batting order”)
Lifetime: 66 lineup cards (49 dugout; 15 “official batting order”; and two “relief pitcher usage”)
Leagues: American League; National League; Eastern League; Carolina League; New York-Penn League; Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association; NCAA – American Athletic Conference; Cape Cod League; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); and Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)