8/29/17 – Free For All (Part 2)

Sean and I made it to the last few innings of Tuesday’s Noon 7-inning game between Sugar Land and New Britain.  Like Monday, there was no charge for paring or admission, they were just looking for a donation to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

There were a few more people at Tuesday’s game than Monday’s game, and definitely a few more kids ballhawking.

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Still, Sean, sitting just left of the net in the top section, had much of the third base side of the stadium to himself.  Unfortunately, nothing came his way.  We did get a foul ball that left the stadium, and someone from the Sugar Land bullpen tossed Sean a ball without him asking, so we had no complaints.

Like the day before, the Bees were offering a hot dog for each ball returned to the concession stand.  We have plenty of Atlantic League balls, and brought three with us which we traded in for hot dogs.

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The game was a good one.  The Skeeters were again playing as the home team.  The score was tied 0-0 heading into the bottom of the 7th.  Sugar Land got its lead-off runner on, and one out later, he tried to steal 2nd base.  The throw clearly beat the runner, but according to the umpire, the runner snuck his hand in before the tag.

It was the turning point of the game as with two outs, Sugar Land got a base hit and the runner on second scored for the 1-0 Skeeter win.

Sean had decided to try for Sugar Land’s lineup card again, despite being told “no” the day before after a Sugar Land loss.  Apparently, the win made the difference as a Skeeter coach filling in for manager Gary Gaetti gave Sean the card.

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Sean waiting for the lineup card after the game

The major surprise was that it wasn’t a Skeeters’ card, but rather, a Bees’ card with tape over the New Britain logo.

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Our assumption is that the Skeeters didn’t bring enough of their own lineup cards with them given that this series was to have been played in Texas, and had to get one from the Bees.  While we would have liked a Skeeters’ card, we already have a couple from past seasons, and the modified Skeeters’ card is unique.

2017: 33 lineup cards (18 dugout/bullpen; 15 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)

Lifetime: 155 lineup cards (105 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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