We are going to recap 2016 in three parts: lineup cards, baseballs and miscellaneous. We will start with some of the miscellaneous souvenirs we got at games this year.
Kate, Sean and/or I went to 39 games in 2016 (not counting LL and HS games): three MLB, six college, three college summer league and the rest (27) minor league games.
We don’t specifically go to games for giveaways, but it worked out that we walked away with a few such items aalong with some other interesting souvenirs.
In April, Sean and I went to our first ever game at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Reading Phillies. It was as cold a baseball game as I can ever remember being at. Along with the visiting Portland Sea Dogs lineup card, we also got a “gold” Cole Hamels bobblehead.
We went to a double-header of sorts the next week: a Hartford Yard Goats @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats game in the afternoon, and a Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox game that night. Sean got a bat from a Yard Goats player in the afternoon (we were never able to figure out whose bat it was) and a Big Papi “bling” giveaway that night.
We have to fast-forward to July for our next giveaway a Tim Collins bobblehead from the Futures Collegiate Baseball League All Star Game. Collins is a relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals who grew up in Worcester, MA, which is where the FCBL ASG took place, so they decided to give away a bobblehead. The bobblehead is pictured below along with a State College Spikes lineup card we got from a game against the Connecticut Tigers earlier in the day, a FCBL ASG ball, NYPL ball and MLB Florida Spring Training ball we found at the Spikes-Tigers game.
In August, Sean was given some bubblegum by York Revolution pitcher and former MLB first round draft pick Scott Rice, which was really cool.
The real fun came in September, when Sean scored a pair of minor league hats. The first came from Connecticut Tigers pitching Coach Ace Adams after Connecticut’s season finale. Sean is wearing the CT Tigers hat below.
The second hat came from New Britain Bees infielder John Dziomba after New Britain’s season finale against the Somerset Patriots. Sean decided to wash the hat after we got home.
We were far luckier than we deserved to be in 2016!