Home Runs And Bubble Gum

Sean and I headed to New Britain Stadium earlier this week to see the York Revolution play a the New Britain Bees in Atlantic League action.

It was a beautiful summer night in New Britain, but sadly, the Bees continue to struggle to draw decent numbers.  The box score attendance said 2,800, but I find it hard to believe there was even one-third of that actually at the game, and I’m being generous.

That said, Sean and I had a great time.  We got six game balls including two of the three home run balls hit.  Sean gave two of them away.

In the eighth inning, we moved down to the front row with a clear view into Revolution dugout. Sean had his glove on and was holding a ball he had gotten an inning or two earlier. Revolution pitcher Scott Rice, a former MLB 1st  round draft pick who pitched sparingly in the Majors, came to the end of the dugout and asked Sean for the ball. Sean hesitated then gave it to him and Rice walked to the other end of the dugout, in no rush. I knew Rice would give him the ball back, but he sold it really well. He eventually comes back to Sean and holds the ball in one hand and a fist full of bubble gum in the other, and asks Sean if he’s wants to trade the ball for the gum. We have plenty of baseballs so Sean of course picks the gum. Rice gives him the gum and the baseball back. It was a small gesture, but it made Sean’s night, and mine too! 

Bubble gum

After the game, a 9-2 Revolution win, we easily got the lineup card from manager Mark Mason.  We have now gotten a dugout lineup card from every Atlantic League team save for the Somerset Patriots, who don’t give theirs out.  We have gotten an official lineup card from the Patriots.

The Bees lineup card was still on the wall when we walked over there, so we got that as well.

Bees 2 (August 2, 2016)

Here is Sean posing after the game outside the stadium with his fist full of bubble gum and Bees lineup card.

Bees (August 2, 2016)

 

2016: 44 lineup cards (33 dugout/bullpen; 11 “official batting order”)

Lifetime: 107 lineup cards (80 dugout/bullpen; 25 “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; NCAA – Northeast Conference; Cape Cod League; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL); Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League
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