It has become a tradition of sorts for Kate and I to combine a hike and a baseball game at some point during the summer.
So, early yesterday afternoon, Kate and I headed across the border into NY and hiked what was for us a new section of the Appalachian Trail.
We then headed another 20 minutes further west to Dutchess Stadium, home of the Hudson Valley Renegades. The Renegades were hosting the Aberdeen Ironbirds in a 5pm New York Penn League tilt.
The first thing we did when we got to the stadium was to walk around the outside of the outfield wall. We found a few balls, including a very wet 2017 Florida Spring Training ball.
The game itself was all Renegades. Hudson Valley jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning and coasted to a 7-0 win.
Aberdeen managed just three hits. We ended up with one of them, a 9th inning ground rule double by Zach Jarrett. The ball was still there when we walked back there after the game.
We also scored our first HR ball this season, an Oscar Rojas solo shot in the 8th inning.
Our game plan for after the game was for Kate to try for Aberdeen’s lineup card, and me to try for the umpire’s cards as well as Hudson Valley’s dugout lineup card.
We were successful on two-of-the-three. Kate got the Aberdeen card, and I got the two official batting order cards from the umpire. Hudson Valley manager Craig Albernaz said that he keeps his dugout lineup card.
We’d gotten an Aberdeen official batting order card in the past, but not the dugout lineup card, so that was good. A couple interesting things on that:
- Ryan Ripken, son of Cal Ripken Jr, is a reserve first baseman for the Ironbirds. On the dugout card, there is a typo in the spelling of Ripken’s name: “Ri[pken”. I would think that’s a fireable offense in Bird land.
- Hudson Valley starting pitcher Brendan McKay was Tampa’s 1st round draft pick this year, and 4th overall. He both pitches and plays first base for the Renegades.
- I’m not sure how to describe the back of the Aberdeen lineup card:
I guess it was a printing mistake. It appears that the Hudson Valley lineup card from the previous night’s game is superimposed over the Aberdeen lineup card for Sunday’s game, or maybe it was the other way around. Whatever the case, it’s yet another lineup card odyssey, and why it is fun to collect them!
2017: 26 lineup cards (15 dugout/bullpen; 11 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)
Lifetime: 148 lineup cards (102 dugout/bullpen; 43 “official batting order”; 2 “relief pitcher usage”; and 1 “today’s lineup”)