Let’s Play Two …

Arm & Hammer Park, Trenton, N.J.

The only thing I can think of that’s better than going to the ballpark for a game is going for two. So last weekend, while Stacy was celebrating Mother’s Day with her family in South Carolina,  I took advantage of the bachelor lifestyle in the best way I know how…watching live baseball.

With my Mum deceased and my girl away, I pretty much had the day free.  I took in a doubleheader at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton to see the Yankees AA-Affiliate play the Nationals’ Harrisburg Senators.

Section 103 on the first base side.  Row AA.  Seat 1.  It was ideal.  The Bronx Babies split with the junior Senators from Pennsylvania.  Gleyber Torres, considered by most to be the Yanks’ top minor league prospect, hit one out in game two.  I even got a nice looking shot at the swing when he took Mr. Rawlings deep.

I went full cliche and I loved every second of it.  A hot dog and a beer during each game; in game two a bag of Cracker Jacks and Peanuts…although I didn’t really eat the peanuts yet.  For most of the day the sun shone on the 3,500 of us and when the storm clouds rolled in during game two, most people left.  They wanted to beat the rain.  Candyasses.

You don’t go to a ballgame to leave before it is over.  If you’re going to do that, stay at home.  No.  I stayed.  The rain came.  For about seven minutes it came down relatively hard.  I got soaked but the game continued.  The sun returned,  and some people had straggled back in.

When the crowd left because of the rain I moved left to Seat 10 … the one that was the closest to the dugout and the field.  I just don’t know a better place to sit than up close.  No matter where you are.  First base line, third base line, behind home plate or on top of the dugout.  The closer you get to the field, the better the game.

You may remember I told you back in April how going to Oriole Park at Camden Yards was so wonderful and how the baseball bug has bitten me.  Seeing the Thunder has gotten me even more excited about going to games.  So much so, that two days after the Trenton game I went to see the Somerset Patriots.

I even took a selfie with Sparkee.

Next up?  I go to see the Thunder again on Tuesday June 26.

The following week or so I will be in Charleston, S.C. where I will see the River Dogs (the Yankees A-Affiliate) play the Columbia Fireflies….as of this writing the left fielder for the Fireflies is Tim Tebow.  Yes.  THAT Tim Tebow.  I got me, Stace and her parents tickets on the left field side, front row.  Hopefully he won’t get called up to AA-ball before the Friday July 7 game.

We also have tickets for the July 12 Atlantic League All Star Game at TD Bank Ball Park – home of the Somerset Patriots.

Man, I do love this game.  Pictures from all three games below.

Game 1:  Trenton Thunder 2  Harrisburg Senators 1

Game 2:  Harrisburg Senators 6 Trenton Thunder 4

Somerset Patriots 2  Sugar Land Skeeters 1

Baseball & Hippos? Come On, Don’t Tease

Baseball and Hippos.  Has there ever been anything more right with the world?

hchI absolutely love Minor League Baseball.  It’s pro baseball at affordable prices, each seat is a great seat, there is always an easy going sense of humor in the ballpark and every effort is made under the sun to keep you interested between innings.

Locally we have the Somerset Patriots, an independent league team with a terrific stadium. I love going every year.  About an hour away we have the NY Yankee’s Double A farm team, the Trenton Thunder. In fact, Stacy and I got to see Andy Pettitte make a rehab assignment start there a few years back.

milblogosBut what first got me into MiLB were the names, hats and uniforms of these teams.  It started years ago with the Durham Bulls (because of Bull Durham, the movie). Then, I  found (and fell in love with) the logo of the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Portland Seadogs (a softball team I played on) and now, my newest favorite – The Hub City Hippos.

This Double-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks are actually the Jackson Generals, based in Jackson, TN

It started with a 2016 April Fool’s joke. The Jackson Generals announced they would become the Hub City Hippos for every Friday home game that season. Enough people were on board with the idea last year, however, that the team decided this year to do it for real.

An article on BaseballAmerica.com reads, “We wanted to pay homage to the hippopotamus. Locals know that hippos are a major part of the ecosystem in West Tennessee,” Generals assistant general manager Nick Hall said. “The Generals are honored to be the first organization in the region to rightly honor the species.”

It went on to say “The designs for the caps and jerseys were done in-house, marking a second team’s departure from the two minor league design kingpins—Brandiose and Studio Simons—this season. The Lowell Spinners went to FS Designs for their new artwork.”

So, you know I had to … and I did … but alas, they’re not available online.  So, I contacted the store directly and for the low low price of a partial mortgage payment, I learned that I, too, can own my own Hub City Hippo fitted cap.

Yep.  For only $43.09 I can get the hat.  $58.09 if I throw in the T-shirt.

I’m not sure if you hear/saw that so I’ll just put it out there again.

$43.09.  For a hat.

$43.09.

For.

A.

*&^%ing.

Hat!

Naturally I stopped for a moment to think this through, catch my breath and ask myself if this is something I really wanted to do.

Well. Yes. I want to do it.

But then I asked myself if this is something I really want to spend my money on?

Ah.  Now we’re singing a different song.

… and as I ponder the pros and cons of the purchase I remind myself of a mani/pedi that Stacy got from a really nice Spa a week or two ago.  She dropped nearly a hundred on that.  Nearly a hundred bucks to get the nails did.

Hippos

I take another look at the face of the hippo on the hat.  I LOVE IT.  I really do.  But is it worth the money?

Did I mention it is $43.09?

That’s the price.

Then, I watched this video.   You should totally watch this video.  About five weeks ago The Memphis, TN Zoo welcomed Winnie…  I am serious  It is two and a half minutes.  You should watch this video.

I am SO buying this *&^%ing hat now.