9/4/17 – Ace’s Wild

You are probably thinking that the headline is grammatically incorrect.  It almost always would be, but not in this case.

“Ace” is Ace Adams, pitching coach for the Connecticut Tigers.  And Ace was wild during the first game of yesterday’s Tigers-Brooklyn Cyclones doubleheader at Dodd Stadium in Norwich.

The scene: Top 6, Tigers down 2-1.  Cyclones have a runner on second base with one out.

The Brooklyn hitter fouls a ball off down the left field line, so we are watching that.  Next thing we know, Tigers manager Gerald Laird is in front of home plate umpire Kyle Nichol, with Adams right behind him.

As it turns out, Laird was running interference for Adams, who was hot.  We were sitting behind the Connecticut dugout and don’t know what precipitated this.  Adams was thrown out of the game, presumably before he ran out of the dugout onto the field.

After a couple minutes of jawing with Nichols, the fun began with Adams returning to the dugout only to start throwing stuff on the field.  First was a clipboard with some papers flying around.  Next came his hat, a towel and finally an empty, or mostly empty, water bottle.

It was fairly mild in terms of coach/manager tantrums.  Even Laird appeared to be smiling at one point during the event.

I wish I had been quicker to get my phone out to take pictures or video.  By the time I did, Adams was essentially done.

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In the picture above, you can see some of the papers, towel and navy blue hat thrown by Adams.  The umpires and Laird appear to be watching Adams in the dugout.

In the picture below, Laird and a bat boy are cleaning up the mess left by Adams.

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Adams apparently headed into the clubhouse, and that was it.

It was Adams, coincidentally, who gave Sean his Tigers’ hat after Connecticut’s final game of the season last year, which was incredibly nice of him.

CT Tigers 3 (Sept 5, 2016)

Flashback to Labor Day 2016.  Sean wearing the CT Tigers hat given him by Tiger pitching coach Ace Adams

The Tigers had a couple chances late but were unable to tie the game, losing 2-1, and seeing their slim playoff hopes end.

I tried for the Cyclones’ lineup card after the game, while Sean tried for Connecticut.  We both failed, at least initially.  Brooklyn manager and former New York Met Edgardo Alfonzo ignored my request for his lineup card and apparently took it with him.

Sean didn’t have any better luck at the Connecticut dugout, but I took a look from the far end of the dugout and could still see the lineup card.

Long story short, we had to wait until shortly before game two of the doubleheader when Laird came back to the dugout, but he did give us the game one card.

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The card is clearly black-and-white, either a copy of a blank card with the date and players printed afterward, or it was just printed using black-only ink.  Whatever the case, it’s a bit disappointing, but still better than leaving with nothing.

2017: 34 lineup cards (19 dugout/bullpen; 15 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)

Lifetime: 156 lineup cards (106 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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