RubberDucks: A rose by any other name

Since their inception in 1980, the franchise now known as the Akron RubberDucks have gone through no less than 6 name and location changes: Lynn (Massachusetts) Sailors, Vermont Reds, Vermont Mariners, Canton-Akron Indians, Akron Aeros, and currently the Akron RubberDucks. They have changed stadiums and affiliations numerous times, most recently moving from Thurmon Munson Memorial…

Revisting Old Friends

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. – Rogers Hornsby Yesterday marked the unofficial first day of baseball season. With the NFL season finally under wraps, we can start prying ourselves away from the hot…

2015 Superlatives

We all remember our senior year of high school when the superlatives were announced: Most likely to succeed (usually the valedictorian); Most popular (usually a cheerleader); most likely to crash on a bike and require surgery to repair a shattered wrist (usually…. oh wait, that’s me!) Looking very Darth Vadar-ish after my surgery Well, as…

Friendly Confines of Altoona

I was trying to think of one word to describe my visit last night to Altoona, PA to see the Curve in action, and immediately “friendly” came to mind. And I don’t just mean that as a throw away. PNG Field was the 15th stadium I’ve visited this season, for both blogging and personal travels,…

Bobble heads, bacon, and a player named Judy

This week’s stop on the magical mystery tour of minor league games brought me to Wilimington, DE and “Judy” Johnson Field at Frawley Stadium to see the hometown Blue Rocks take on the Carolina Mudcats in Class A Carolina League action. It was a combination of celery, bacon, bobble heads, and some really interesting baseball…

Bacon & Baseball (aka Hog Heaven)!

There are so few great combinations in history: Abbott & Costello, Tristan and Isolde, Starsky & Hutch, Wesley & Buttercup… Last night in Lehigh Valley, PA, I think I found THE perfect combination: bacon & baseball, in the form of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs! Not only was this trip a gastronomic adventure of epic proportions,…

Unforgettable Fan Experience

If I had to choose one word to describe my trip to Harrisburg to see the Class AA Senators take on the Erie SeaWolves, it would be AWESOME. Thanks to the incredible front office staff, particularly Perry Mattern, Asst. Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations, I was granted a press credential for the game and…

Something Old, Something New

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting not one, but two baseball stadiums on the west coast of Florida. In a way it was bittersweet, as one met with a wrecking ball in 2007, leaving behind many spring training and minor league memories, but the upside was I saw a fantastic game at Bright…

Old Bay, American history, crab cakes, and oh yeah, some baseball

The last two weekends have been interesting, taking me to see two of the Baltimore Orioles affiliates, the Bowie Baysox and the Frederick Keys. I’ve had the chance to sample food and drink flavored in Old Bay, visited some famous gravesites, and even catch a little bit of baseball in two cozy little parks! So…

A rainout but not a washout

This week’s stop on the magical minor league mystery tour took me to Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD, where the Hagerstown Suns were looking to exact revenge against the Lakeland Blue Claws after Saturday’s 9-1 loss. But the baseball gods felt it was a good day for rain, and after a rain delay of 1:05,…

A Not-So-Hidden Gem of Baseball History and Fokelore

The answer is birthplace of Max Klinger and the “no springs, honest weight” company, home of Tony Packo’s, and two major league baseball franchises. The question – what is Toledo, OH? Wait a minute….. Toledo doesn’t have a major league team. Well, that’s partially true. Since the formation of the two remaining major leagues, the…

Another Hidden Gem!!

While last week’s post was titled “A Hidden Gem”, that title could have, and maybe should have, been used for this week’s visit to Baseballtown, aka the Reading Fightin’ Phils who play their home games in First Energy Stadium. A long history of baseball, longest affiliation with a major league team, and ostriches. What isn’t…