The Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) held their All Star Game at Muzzy Field in Bristol, CT, conveniently just one town away from where we live.
I took the day off and headed over for gates opening at 3pm. There were maybe a dozen or so people there at 3pm, mostly family members. On the field, the players were taking part in a pro scouting day.
It was essentially held like a tryout of sorts, an opportunity for pro scouts to closely look at the players. For example, outfielders fielded a few balls each and throw to third or home. Infielders took a variety of ground balls. It was interesting to watch.
Outfielders fielding and throwing from right field to third base
Meanwhile, I was on the lookout for ASG balls. Sean and I had already gotten three during a regular season game the previous week, which took away some of the suspense of getting the first ball, which I found outside the stadium, beyond the right field fence near a pickup truck.
There were no kids around to start, and I was able to easily find three easter eggs.
Can you spot the ball underneath the bleachers in this pic?
Batting Practice started around 4pm. There were still few people around, so I was able to get a couple balls hit over the fence.
A few kids started to appear and shortly thereafter FCBL employees finally started to track down balls, so I headed beyond the RF fence / stadium fence where a few more BP homers were hit.
In all, I ended up with 10 balls, two of which I gave away. Here is what they look like:
The FCBL just started to use special ASG balls last year. It’s a unique, cool ball to get, especially with the blue-red laces.
I decided to leave after BP, satisfied with what I had seen and having gotten a few balls, and knowing it would become a zoo by the time the HR derby started.