The Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) held their All Star Game at Muzzy Field in Bristol, CT, conveniently just one town away from where we live.
I took the day off and headed over for gates opening at 3pm. There were maybe a dozen or so people there at 3pm, mostly family members. On the field, the players were taking part in a pro scouting day.
It was essentially held like a tryout of sorts, an opportunity for pro scouts to closely look at the players. For example, outfielders fielded a few balls each and throw to third or home. Infielders took a variety of ground balls. It was interesting to watch.
Outfielders fielding and throwing from right field to third base
Meanwhile, I was on the lookout for ASG balls. Sean and I had already gotten three during a regular season game the previous week, which took away some of the suspense of getting the first ball, which I found outside the stadium, beyond the right field fence near a pickup truck.
There were no kids around to start, and I was able to easily find three easter eggs.
Can you spot the ball underneath the bleachers in this pic?
Batting Practice started around 4pm. There were still few people around, so I was able to get a couple balls hit over the fence.
A few kids started to appear and shortly thereafter FCBL employees finally started to track down balls, so I headed beyond the RF fence / stadium fence where a few more BP homers were hit.
In all, I ended up with 10 balls, two of which I gave away. Here is what they look like:
The FCBL just started to use special ASG balls last year. It’s a unique, cool ball to get, especially with the blue-red laces.
I decided to leave after BP, satisfied with what I had seen and having gotten a few balls, and knowing it would become a zoo by the time the HR derby started.
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:
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”)