The Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks and New Britain Bees wrapped up a three game set with a 10:35am mid-week start. I was able to catch the last three innings during my lunch break.
The stadium was still mostly full of school children. I don’t understand how these “baseball in education” days work. Yes, I get it that many of the tools kids learn in math, for example, have applications in baseball. But from what I can see at the stadium, the kids aren’t learning anything at the games, they are just stressing out their teachers. Maybe there are things done in the classroom before and/or after the games. Or maybe I am just jealous that I never got to skip school to go to a baseball game. But I digress.
The Bees were already up 5-1 when I got there, but got out of a bases loaded jam when former Major Leaguer Sean Burroughs flied out to end the inning.
That turned out to be Long Island’s last good chance. The Ducks scored a meaningless run in the top of the ninth for the final margin of 5-2.
At this point, most of the school kids had either left or were leaving. There was no competition at either dugout and I was able to get both team’s lineup cards.
It was our first Long Island Ducks lineup card, so that was nice. A couple things of note: 1) Every dollar counts in the Atlantic League, so the Ducks’ lineup card is just a black-and-white copy of the original lineup card, which I imagine had color in the logo; 2) There are a few MLB players on the Long Island roster, including Burroughs, Lew Ford and Todd Coffey, who all had solid Major League careers. Not on the lineup card but on the field as the Ducks first base coach is Bud Harrelson, a star with the New York Mets and now a part-owner of the Long Island franchise. Good stuff.
This was our second New Britain Bees lineup card. I imagine at some point, the Bees will also photocopy one of these original color lineup cards, but for now, it’s a nice looking lineup card. We have lineup cards for two of New Britain’s three wins in the early stages of the franchise.
Lineup Card Stats
2016: 15 lineup cards (11 dugout/bullpen; 4 “official batting order”)
Lifetime: 78 lineup cards (58 dugout/bullpen; 18 “official batting order”; and 2 “relief pitcher usage”)
Leagues: MLB: American League; National League. MiLB: International League; Eastern League; Carolina League; New York-Penn League. Independent Leagues: Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association. Colleges: NCAA – American Athletic Conference; NCAA – Ivy League; NCAA – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; Cape Cod League; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL)