I’m doubting there are too many baseball road trips that include a stop in Batavia, NY. But Kate and I were in the area visiting RIT, the Batavia Muckdogs happened to be home and I kind of like the obscure, small market teams.
Dwyer Stadium is small even by MilB standards, seating just 2,600. I don’t think you can sit more than about 15 rows from the playing field.
It’s a ball hawker’s paradise, with balls flying out of the intimate stadium left and right. On certain night’s I would’ve been all over that. But we’ve got enough New York Penn League baseballs, I actually wanted to see the game and there was one guy and a few kids hawking, so I largely sat in my seat.
That said, Kate did get a toss-up from a Lowell Spinners player late in the game. It couldn’t have hurt that we were wearing Lowell Spinners hats.
The Muckdogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings and largely sailed from there to to an easy 7-2 win.
The 1970s called. They want their scoreboard back.
The highlight of the game was an inside-the-park home run by a Lowell player in the top of the 9th. I’m pretty sure that’s the first one of those I have seen in professional baseball.
After the game, I headed to the Lowell dugout and Kate to Batavia’s dugout. Lowell manager Iggy Suarez told me that he keeps his dugout lineup card. I asked him for the official lineup cards, but he ignored me.
Kate had better luck as Batavia manager Mike Jacobs handed her his dugout card with a small throng of kids around looking for balls and bats.
We haven’t gotten a dugout lineup card, so anything would have been nice, but this one was pretty good with the Muckdog watermark.
And Kate, score book and lineup card in hand after the game, scored the entire game.
Not a bad way to start our trip!
2017: 17 lineup cards (7 dugout/bullpen; 9 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)
Lifetime: 138 lineup cards (94 dugout/bullpen; 41 “official batting order”; 2 “relief pitcher usage”; and 1 “today’s lineup”)