Sean and I checked into New Britain Stadium Friday night for the Long Island Ducks at the New Britain Bees.
It was a gorgeous night for baseball, just enough of a chill in the air to warrant a jacket for some.
There were a few hundred people at the game, perhaps 500 if we are generous, despite the box score claiming 3,329. Frankly, if the Bees can’t pull in more than a few hundred people on a great night weather-wise with no other baseball games within 50 miles and most people back from vacation, it makes me wonder if this marriage with New Britain is going to last.
On the field, the Bees jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the 6th inning. But the Ducks had battled back to within one run, 4-3, through the top of the 8th.
New Britain, with the worst record in the Atlantic League, tacked on a key insurance run in the bottom of the 8th, then escaped with the tying run on first in the 9th for the 5-3 win.
I went to two Ducks @ Bees games earlier this season. Ducks manager Kevin Baez gave me his lineup card when they won, but not when they lost. So, we decided to just try for the Bees lineup card. Manager Stan Cliburn has been great about giving his card away win or lose in his nearly two seasons as Bees manager.
Sean got in position by the home plate side of the dugout with a few other kids after the game ended.
Sean to the left, and Bees manager Stan Cliburn in the black jacket to the left after the game
Sean was the only one asking for a lineup card, and Cliburn gave him his dugout lineup card as well as the two official batting order cards.
The three cards in total Friday night raised our lifetime total to 151 in a little less than three years of chasing lineup cards.
A Bees win, a couple more Atlantic League 20th season commemorative balls and three lineup cards. It was a good night all around!
2017: 29 lineup cards (16 dugout/bullpen; 13 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)
Lifetime: 151 lineup cards (103 dugout/bullpen; 45 “official batting order”; 2 “relief pitcher usage”; and 1 “today’s lineup”)