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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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