Tagged: Bristol Blues

7/10/17 – Pre-All Star Game Ball

Sean and I headed over to watch a few innings of our local Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) team, the Bristol Blues, play last night. It’s the first game Sean has been able to manage since his concussion in December, even if it was only for a few innings. That alone was a big deal.

The Blues are hosting next week’s FCBL ASG.

FCBL ASG banner

We plan to go as they will be using special ASG baseballs for the second straight year.

As it turns out, we don’t need to go in order to get a 2017 FCBL ASG baseball because they were using them during last night’s regular season game.

Why would they be using them before the ASG?  If I had to guess, they must have bought extras and probably have been using them for a while, because I’m pretty sure I saw a couple in the Bristol bullpen.

FCBL ASG ball

Whatever the reason, it was awesome to get one last night, although I am sure we will still go to the FCBL ASG.

FCBL ASG 2

We didn’t stay for long as I didn’t want to push my luck with Sean.

Here’s a look at last year’s and this year’s FCBL ASG balls.

FCBL 2016 and 2017 ASB balls

I like this year’s logo better than last year’s, but overall, I’d give the slight edge to last year’s ball just because of the blue-green laces.  You just don’t see balls with blue-green laces.

 

 

 

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Dirt Dawgs @ Blues, x2!

Kate, Sean, cousin George and I traveled to Bristol, home of ESPN, to watch the  Wachusett Dirt Dawgs take on the Bristol Blues in a Futures Collegiate Baseball League game at historic Muzzy Field earlier this week.

Muzzy Field has been used since 1912 and most notable was home to the AA Bristol Red Sox from 1972-1982.  Also of note, Babe Ruth and the Yankees played a game there, as did other barnstorming MLB teams of that era.

I went to a game at Muzzy Field last year, and they’ve updated some things since then.  Most notably, there are now areas on the first and third base lines that allow you to stand right near each dugout.

The Blues jumped all over the Dirt Dawgs early and won 9-4.  After the game, we easily scored both lineup cards:

Bristol Blues (June 22, 2016)

Both are the generic FCBL lineup cards, although they are quite nice with the FCBL logo watermark.  The only real difference is that the Dirt Dawgs kept score on their card.

2016: 27 lineup cards (22 dugout/bullpen; 5 “official batting order”)

Lifetime: 90 lineup cards (69 dugout/bullpen; 19 “official batting order”; and 2 “relief pitcher usage”)
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