Hartford Road Goats

Kate’s chances of getting the Hartford Yard Goats’ lineup card from game two of a double header against the Harrisburg Senators in Manchester, Hew Hampshire ended when Hartford manager Darin Everson ripped the card off the wall, crumpled it, threw it to the dugout ground and stepped on it.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen Everson’s temper get the better of him after a loss.  And perhaps he deserves a small amount of sympathy given the Yard Goats’ crazy season.  The Yard Goats, who lost both ends of the DH, will have played exactly zero games in Hartford when the season mercifully ends on Labor Day due to the fiasco with the team’s new stadium.

There is even the possibility that the stadium might not be ready for the beginning of next season due to legal issues which have ground efforts to finish the stadium to a complete halt.

The Hartford Road Goats’s 2016 tour took them to NH this weekend to host the Senators in a four-game series, including the double-header we saw on Friday.

The Yard Goats were swept by the Senators, 5-1 and 5-4.

The stadium was nearly empty.  The box score listed an attendance of 52, but that may have been generous.  Not only were there few fans, but there was only a skeleton crew of staff at the stadium.  And we were charged to get into the stadium, which was nice.

Sean got the Yard Goat lineup card after game 1.  I didn’t have any luck getting the Senator lineup card as everyone I asked said that only manager Matthew LeCroy could give it away, and he had already left the dugout.  Oh well.

Kate and Sean found a nice shady place to relax between games.

Senators Yard Goats 2 (Aug 26, 2016)

There couldn’t have been more than a couple dozen people left in the stands for game two.  The Senators broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the 7th inning to also win the nightcap.

As detailed above, Kate didn’t have any luck at the Hartford dugout.  Sean and I fared much better at the Harrisburg dugout.

First, we got the two official batting order cards from the home plate umpire.

Senators, Yard Goats (Aug 26, 2016)

Next, Harrisburg closer Wander Suero tossed Sean the final out ball.

To wrap things up, we were able to get LeCroy to give us the Harrisburg lineup card.

Senators Aug 26, 2016

I am a big fan of lineup cards with watermarks!

Despite the Yard Goats not playing any games in Hartford, we managed to make it to four games this season: these two games, an April game between the Yard Goats and New Hampshire Fisher Cats also in New Hampshire, and a June game between the Yard Goats and Erie Sea Wolves in Norwich, CT.

Only the Norwich game had more than 50+ people, and even the attendance at that game probably wasn’t more than few hundred.  We made out like bandits at the four games: 7 lineup cards, a bat and at least a couple dozen baseballs.  The Yard Goats stadium misfortune  worked out OK for us.

Senators Yard Goats (Aug 26, 2016)

2016: 49 lineup cards (36 dugout/bullpen; 13 “official batting order”)

Lifetime: 112 lineup cards (83 dugout/bullpen; 27 “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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