8/28/17 – Free For All

The New Britain Bees ended up with a surprise home stand this week.  Due to Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas, it was announced yesterday that the Bees @ Sugar Land Skeeters series was moved from Texas to New Britain.

I assume for a few reasons including the lack of time to market the series, it was decided not to charge admission to the four-game series being played over three days, with a twin bill Tuesday afternoon.

Kate, Sean and I headed over to today’s 4pm game a little late due to work.  We made a donation to the flood relief efforts and walked into a largely empty stadium.



Kate counted about 75 people in the stands.

We figured it would be a ballhawker’s paradise, and it largely was.  There were a few other kids roaming around, end even a few adults chased balls, but there were plenty for all.

Sean pretty much had the upper section of the 3B line to himself.


That’s Sean in the maroon shirt up top, with no one near him

Kate had a similar situation in a shaded area on the 1B side, but she was happy to read, and never had a ball hit near her anyway.



We ended up with 8 balls: one home run, five foul balls and two toss-ups Sean got after the game.  He gave two balls away, including one to a little ball who was beaten out for a foul ball a couple minutes earlier.


Sean (red shirt) making me proud giving a ball away!

In the picture above, Bees’ General Manager Gerry Berthiaume (black shirt) was being interviewed by a local newscaster, presumably about the fact that the series was moved from Texas to New Britain due to the flooding.

Sugar Land was playing as the home team, and led 2-0 on an Anthony Giansanti home run that Sean ended up with.

It was 2-1 in the top of the 9th when New Britain’s Jon Griffin crushed a one out, 2-run homer to give New Brtain the lead.  The Bees hung on for the one-run win.

Sean had decided to go for the Skeeters’ lineup card.  For whatever reason manager Gary Gaetti, who has given us his card a few times before, was not at the game.  The interim manager told Sean “no” with respect to the lineup card.  Maybe it was because Sugar Land lost a tough game?

Meanwhile, Kate got the usual dugout and two batting order cards from New Britain manager Stan Cliburn.

Not bad considering we didn’t expect to have a baseball game to go to today.

Most importantly, we send our thoughts and prayers to all those in Texas being impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

2017: 32 lineup cards (17 dugout/bullpen; 15 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)

Lifetime: 154 lineup cards (104 dugout/bullpen; 47 “official batting order”; 2 “relief pitcher usage”; and 1 “today’s lineup”)

Leagues: MLB: American League; National League. MiLB: International League (AAA); Pacific Coast League (AAA); Eastern League (AA); Southern League (AA); Carolina League (A); New York-Penn League (A), including 2017 NYPL ASG. Independent Leagues: Atlantic League; Can-Am League; American Association; Frontier League. Colleges: NCAA – America East Conference; NCAA – American Athletic Conference; NCAA – Ivy League; NCAA – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; NCAA – Northeast Conference; Cape Cod League; NJCAA – Region XXI; New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL); Cal Ripken Summer Collegiate League. International: World Baseball Classic (qualifying round, 2016).

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