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Reading and Philadelphia Walk Off; IronPigs Throw Batting Practice for Tides

“Walk offs” are one of my favorite things.  If I were to make a list of the things I like most about attending a baseball game, the possibility of a walk-off would easily be in the top 10–perhaps top 3.  I guess I don’t like them so much when I’m watching an “away” game on TV…

Junior and I made our way to Reading last night to meet up with our new friend 1B/DH Brock Stassi.  We said hello briefly and then the game was underway.  The Fightins posted a couple runs in the first few innings, and before you knew it, they had staked lefty starter Hoby Milner to a 4-0 lead.  I decided to take a walk.  In the dozens of times that I’ve been to FirstEnergy in Reading, I’ve never explored much–just hang in the plaza and go to my seat, usually.  I wandered out to the deck in left field.  They have a highly-regarded buffet out there, and a nice bar.  There are drink rails a-plenty and a picnic area.  There are some nice little private tables and seats you can buy as well, I think, and a boardwalk that runs just above the left field wall.  It’s really nicely done.  There’s a group area or two out there, too, which were not in use last night.

Soon after I got out there, I noticed the bases were loaded.  As I began a discussion with the bartender, I sensed everyone was looking up.  Sure enough, Trenton DH Peter O’Brien had hit a grand slam over the entire deck and bar area, and out of the park.  Right over our heads.  At 4-4, I decided I’d better get back to my seat!

From our seats, towards the Left Field Deck area in Reading.  Photo: Kram

From our seats, towards the Left Field Deck area in Reading. Photo: Kram

From the Boarwalk, looking back towards the field.  Photo: Kram

From the Boarwalk, looking back towards the field. Photo: Kram

The Fightin’s inched ahead, and despite a Trenton solo homer clung to a 1-run lead after the bottom of the Eighth.  It was getting a bit chilly, Junior was tired, and we faced a longer-than-normal drive home.  We decided to catch the end of the game listening to Mikey V on the radio.

Trenton had tied it as we made our way to the car.  By the time we returned to the Lehigh Valley, the game was still going on in extra innings.  We were forced to switch to the internet-based radio feed once we exceeded the reach of Mikey’s signal.  I was home, and following on my phone while letting the dogs out when I saw:

“In Play.  Run(s).”

Cameron Perkins had hit the walk off.  And it was the best kind!  A walk-off home run!  I was happy for Perkins and the Fightins.  It’s been discussed on many-a blog and podcast, Perkins needs to develop power–especially in a launching pad like Reading–in order to move up to the next level.  We even discussed it in the car on the way down:  The doubles machine needs to show a little pop, then we’ll have him in Allentown.

Also in the win:  Ogando (another 97-99 mph guy) and Knigge had pitched well.  Almost everyone had a hit.  Great game for the home team!  I’m just sorry we missed seeing it!

Soon after, my phone alerted me to a similar result in Philadelphia courtesy of ex-Reading Phillie Ryan Howard!  I really need to put down the phone and turn on my TV, you know?  I was sad to have not witnessed both “live”–in person in the Reading case.  But, just as happy that both teams got much-needed wins.

In Norfolk it was another story.  Starter Brad Lincoln didn’t have the good stuff.  He got through the first inning facing the minimum, but then batting practice began.  He gave up 6ER on 7 hits against only one out in the second before giving way to returnee Hector Neris.  Neris gave up three runs of his own over the next couple innings, as did Jeremy Horst after him.  Ethan Martin pitched two scoreless to close it out, and Cameron Rupp and Tyson Gillies added late homers.  But, it was too late as the Pigs dropped one, 12-4.  Just a bad night, I hope, and not a sign of injury or problem.

The Pigs are ready to play again today as we go to “press.”  Then, off to Durham for four.  Here’s a rainbow from the last home stand.  I hope that it cheers up the IronPigs Faithful after yesterday’s game.

A Pot of Gold in Right Field?   Photo: Kram

A Pot of Gold in Right Field?
Photo: Kram

See you at the park,

@Kram209

 

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‘Pigs Secure Series with Doubleheader Sweep

The ‘Pigs swept the Tides in yesterday’s doubleheader to secure the Norfolk series after winning the first three of the five game series.  The doubleheader yesterday was played in order to make up for the Friday April 25 game at Coca Cola Park which was rained out.

Sean O’Sullivan started the first game, with Norfolk as the home team.  He limited the home team to three hits over six of the seven innings, with Giles to close it out.  O’Sullivan probably could have finished it, but Giles was already warming up when the ‘Pigs added some insurance runs.  “Let’s Go” Blanco was 2-for-3 with two doubles and 4 RBI.  Catcher Koyie Hill ended his recent swoon with two doubles and two runs scored.  The final in game one was 7-1.

Blanco Singles.   Photo:  DiPro

Blanco Singles.
Photo: DiPro

The ‘Pigs were the home team in the nightcap, with Seth Rosin getting the start.  It was his first start since last summer in Reading.  He scattered six hits and a walk over his three innings, but didn’t allow a run.  Aumont provided two strong innings with three K’s.  Rosenberg got back into the action with two quick outs, but yielded a home run, a triple and a walk before closing his inning with a strikeout.  Cesar Jimenez came in to shut it down in the seventh.  The final was 4-1 ‘Pigs.  Henson and Castro had two hits apiece.

Three wins in two days has the ‘Pigs tied with Pawtucket for the most wins in the IL North at 28.  In the standings the IronPigs sit 0.5 games back of new leader Syracuse.  All six teams are within three games and have 26-28 wins.  The key in this division is to avoid losing each series, and to maintain a “last 10″ of 5-5 or better.  Consistency is the key if this team is going to challenge for a playoff spot.  Two more games, tonight and Thursday night, in Norfolk before the ‘Pigs head to first-place Durham.  The Bulls are currently on a 7-3 tear.

A small NoiseNation contingent will be in Reading tonight for the “R-Phils” and Trenton.  Hoby Milner will go for Reading.

Cameron Perkins. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Cameron Perkins.
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

We’ll be monitoring the IronPigs from our seats, for sure.  Here’s hoping for no rain.

And remember to keep July 1 open if you can.  News to come, very soon.

See you at a park,

@kram209

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April is a Small Sample: System Coming Around in May

It’s not been the best of times for the Phillies’ farm teams.  They ended April a combined 32-62.  That’s good enough for 30th out of 30 teams.  The Aphiliated PodCast did a whole episode about it this past week.  (Aside:  follow @Aphilliated_pod on twitter and download on iTunes, etc.  It’s really good.  Hosted by Mark Perlman-Price from the IronPigs and Mikey V from Reading.)

Of course, they outlined why not to panic, and it was a good episode regardless.  One of the things I thought they didn’t highlight enough was the relative age at each level.  The BlueClaws have a really young roster.  Guys supposed to be in Clearwater are injured, and Reading’s pretty young as well.  The IronPigs have a couple young players like Maikel Franco who are just getting their feet under them.  Injuries have caused some havoc at AAA and AA, too.

Regardless of reason, though, things are about to get better, methinks.  The Big Club taking two of three from Washington doesn’t hurt, either!

Henson with an RBI single  from April 9 - Cheryl Pursell

Henson with an RBI single from April 9 – Cheryl Pursell

The IronPigs won today, 11-7, to complete a 4-game sweep in Gwinnett.  Could it be home cooking over at the Brundage household?  Or maybe they just like showing up for a series via plane, at the last minute?  Who knows, it looks good!  The hero today was Tyler Henson–the “HenDog” on Twitter: @hendog4 .  He was 4-for-5 with a double and TWO home runs.  Seven RBI, too!  What a day.  Greg Smith was solid once again with a quality start: three earned over seven.  The game was never really in doubt.  I’ll assume Brad Lincoln was working on something while pitching batting practice in the ninth.  Jim Murphy and Koyie Hill also added homers.

Biddle Deals in 2013: Photo (c) Kram

Biddle Deals in 2013:
Photo (c) Kram

Reading is working on an 11-2 win over Harrisburg as I type.  Jesse Biddle pitched well, 2 earned over 7.  Old friend Tommy Joseph is 3-for-4 at press time.

Lakewood pounded out a team-record 22 hits led by top prospect JP Crawford with a 4-for-5 day including a homer.  They won 14-11.

So, guys are getting healthy.  Guys are getting their legs under them and settling in.  Perhaps a nice routine with a minimum of rain days and goofy double-headers will be of assistance as well.  I’m not want to blame the weather–after all both teams have to play in it.  However, when guys are pressing or adjusting to a new level, it helps not to be freezing cold and wet.

So here’s hoping for a better May.  Here’s hoping that Clearwater can get a couple guys back, get some rehabs (Ethan Martin was added there today; he pitched a clean inning with one walk), and get some wins.  And here’s hoping for some sunshine!

More on the Pigs:

The ‘Pigs are above .500 today for the first time since 1-0, at 15-14.  The entire North division is hot, though, led by the Bison on an 8-2 run over their last 10.  Every North team won today–perhaps we’re beating up on other divisions now rather than each other.  The ‘Pigs remain three games back. They head to Charlotte in the morning for a 7:05 game against the reeling Knights who’ve lost six in a row.  Barry Enright on the mound for the ‘Pigs facing RHP Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.00ERA).

Here’s the box from today:


Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Clete Thomas CF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .262
Tyler Henson LF 5 2 4 1 0 2 7 0 1 .299
Maikel Franco 3B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .200
Reid Brignac SS 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283
Koyie Hill C 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .328
Jim Murphy 1B 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 .265
Leandro Castro RF 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .188
Matt Tolbert 2B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222
Greg Smith P 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
    a- Steve Susdorf PH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .254
    Brad Lincoln P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Seth Rosin P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 11 10 2 0 4 11 5 5 .237
a-Doubled for Smith, G in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Henson (7, Schlosser), Susdorf (3, Obispo).
HR: Henson 2 (2, 3rd inning off Schlosser, 1 on, 1 out; 7th inning off Jaime, 3 on, 1 out), Hill, K (2, 4th inning off Schlosser, 0 on, 0 out), Murphy, Ji (3, 4th inning off Schlosser, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Smith, G; Murphy, Ji 5; Hill, K 4; Susdorf 2; Henson 11; Thomas, C.
RBI: Henson 7 (12), Hill, K (12), Murphy, Ji 3 (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Brignac 2; Tolbert.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Smith, G (2, throw).
Pickoffs: Smith, G (Schlosser at 1st base).

Gwinnett Braves
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Todd Cunningham CF 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .292
Sean Kazmar SS 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .359
Philip Gosselin 2B 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .320
Joey Terdoslavich LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .333
Edward Salcedo 3B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .212
Christian Bethancourt C 4 3 3 1 0 1 3 1 0 .253
Mark Hamilton 1B 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .282
Derrick Mitchell RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .158
Gus Schlosser P 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1.000
    Ryan Buchter P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
    a- Jose Yepez PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
    Juan Jaime P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Wirfin Obispo P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    b- Tommy La Stella PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313
    Pedro Beato P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    c- Steven Lerud PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .194
Totals 41 7 15 5 0 1 7 5 5 .279
a-Singled for Buchter in the 6th. b-Flied out for Obispo in the 8th. c-Walked for Beato in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Gosselin (7, Smith, G), Terdoslavich (8, Smith, G), Hamilton, M (6, Smith, G), Kazmar (4, Smith, G), Bethancourt (4, Lincoln).
HR: Bethancourt (1, 4th inning off Smith, G, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hamilton, M 3; Schlosser; Salcedo 2; Kazmar 3; Yepez; Gosselin 3; Bethancourt 7; Terdoslavich 3.
RBI: Schlosser 2 (2), Bethancourt 3 (11), Hamilton, M (14), Mitchell (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Terdoslavich; Cunningham, T 3; Salcedo; Bethancourt; Hamilton, M 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-18.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
PO: Schlosser (1st base by Smith, G).

FIELDING
E: Gosselin (7, fielding).

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Greg Smith (W, 3-0) 7.0 10 3 3 4 3 1 2.27
Brad Lincoln 1.2 5 4 4 1 2 0 4.30
Seth Rosin (S, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.36
Totals 9.0 15 7 7 5 5 1 3.75
Gwinnett Braves
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gus Schlosser (L, 0-1) 3.1 5 4 4 1 2 3 10.80
Ryan Buchter 2.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.86
Juan Jaime 0.1 2 6 5 4 0 1 4.35
Wirfin Obispo 1.2 3 1 1 0 1 0 2.03
Pedro Beato 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.63
Totals 9.0 10 11 10 5 5 4 4.32
WP: Obispo.
IBB: Mitchell (by Smith, G).
Pitches-strikes: Smith, G 113-67, Lincoln 43-25, Rosin 4-3, Schlosser 61-42, Buchter 41-26, Jaime 35-13, Obispo 35-22, Beato 9-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Smith, G 7-6, Lincoln 1-1, Rosin 1-0, Schlosser 8-0, Buchter 2-2, Jaime 1-0, Obispo 1-3, Beato 2-0.
Batters faced: Smith, G 34, Lincoln 11, Rosin 1, Schlosser 16, Buchter 8, Jaime 8, Obispo 8, Beato 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Rosin 2-0, Obispo 3-2.
Umpires: HP: Jon Saphire. 1B: Joseph Born. 3B: Ben May.
Weather: 79 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:26.
Att: 7,668.
Venue: Coolray Field.

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The Team from Reading: Opening Day Roster for @ReadingFightins

2014 Reading Fightins Opening Day Roster

The Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, have announced the organization’s 2014 Opening Day roster in conjunction with the Philadelphia Phillies.19 of the players on Reading’s team were originally drafted or signed by the Phillies, and 17 members of the 2014 roster have formerly played in Reading. The roster also features four members of the Phillies 40-man roster.The 2014 roster features nine of the Top 30 Philadelphia Phillies Prospects according to Baseball America, including no. 2 prospect Jesse Biddle and no. 9 prospect Severino Gonzalez.
Reading Fightin Phils Catchers

Tommy Joseph                               8

Full Name: Thomas Richard Joseph
Born: 07/16/1991
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 225
Bats: R
Throws: R

Sebastian Valle                               7

Full Name: Sebastian Valle
Born: 07/24/1990
Birthplace: Los Mochis, Mexico
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

Carlos Alonso                                 17

Full Name: Carlos Alonso
Born: 02/15/1988
Birthplace: Boston, MA
College: Delaware
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

Albert Cartwright                            13

Full Name: Albert Cartwright
Born: 10/31/1987
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Bahamas
College: Polk CC, FL
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 180
Bats: R
Throws: R

Edgar Duran                                     16

Full Name: Edgar Jose Duran
Born: 02/10/1991
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 155
Bats: S
Throws: R

Chris Serritella                                 21

Full Name: Christopher Mark Serritella
Born: 02/21/1990
Birthplace: Glenview, IL
College: Southern Illinois – Carbondale
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 205
Bats: L
Throws: R

Brock Stassi                                   28

Full Name: Brock Stassi
Born: 08/07/1989
Birthplace: Sacramento, CA
College: Nevada
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 190
Bats: L
Throws: L

Matt Tolbert                                      4

Full Name: Christopher Matthew Tolbert
Born: 05/04/1982
Birthplace: McComb, MS
College: Mississippi
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 185
Bats: S
Throws: R

Zach Collier                                      6

Full Name: Zachary Edward Collier
Born: 09/08/1990
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 200
Bats: L
Throws: L

Kelly Dugan                                     11

Full Name: Kelly P. Dugan
Born: 09/18/1990
Birthplace: Encino, CA
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 215
Bats: L
Throws: R

Anthony Hewitt                               25

Full Name: Anthony Hewitt
Born: 04/27/1989
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

Cameron Perkins                            27

Full Name: Cameron Perkins
Born: 09/27/1990
Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN
College: Purdue
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 195
Bats: R
Throws: R

Aaron Altherr                                  DL

Full Name: Aaron Samuel Altherr
Born: 01/14/1991
Birthplace: Landstuhl, Germany
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 220
Bats: R
Throws: R

Jiwan James                             DL

Full Name: Nathaniel Jiwan James
Born: 04/11/1989
Birthplace: Williston, FL
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 180
Bats: S
Throws: R

Jesse Biddle                                   38

Full Name: Jesse Thomas Biddle
Born: 10/22/1991
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 220
Bats: L
Throws: L

Brody Colvin                                   31

Full Name: Brody Edward Colvin
Born: 08/14/1990
Birthplace: Lafayette, LA
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 195
Bats: R
Throws: R

Justin Friend                                  34

Full Name: Justin D. Friend
Born: 06/21/1986
Birthplace: Tracy, CA
College: Oklahoma State
Height: 6′ 1″

Perci Garner                                              10

Full Name: Percival Garner
Born: 12/13/1988
Birthplace: Dover, OH
College: Ball State
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 225
Bats: R
Throws: R

Kenny Giles                                               54

Full Name: Kenneth Robert Giles
Born: 09/20/1999
Birthplace: Albuquerque, NM
College: Yavapai CC, AZ
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 205
Bats: R
Throws: R

Severino Gonzalez                                     40

Full Name: Severino Yunier Gonzalez
Born: 09/28/1992
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 153
Bats: R
Throws: R

Jay Johnson                                  17

Full Name: Jay Robert Johnson
Born: 12/21/1989
Birthplace: Sussex Corner, NB
College: Texas Tech
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 210
Bats: R
Throws: L

Tyler Knigge                                   30

Full Name: Tyler C. Knigge
Born: 10/27/1988
Birthplace: Portland, OR
College: Lewis-Clark State
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 215
Bats: L
Throws: R

Hoby Milner                                    35

Full Name: Hoby Milner
Born: 01/13/1991
Birthplace: Ft. Worth, TX
College: Texas
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 165
Bats: L
Throws: L

Nefi Ogando                                   36

Full Name: Nefi Ogando
Born: 06/03/1989
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 185
Bats: R
Throws: R

Ryan O’Sullivan                             23

Full Name: Ryan Patrick O’Sullivan
Born: 09/05/1990
Birthplace: El Cajon, CA
College: Oklahoma City
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 190
Bats: R
Throws: R

Luis Paulino                                   45

Full Name: Luis Alberto Paulino
Born: 06/16/1989
Birthplace: Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 215
Bats: R
Throws: R

Austin Wright                                 50

Full Name: Austin T. Wright
Born: 09/26/1989
Birthplace: Schaumburg, IL
College: Mississippi
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 235
Bats: L
Throws: L

Ryan Demmin                                DL

Full Name: Ryan Demmin
Born: 04/05/1988
Birthplace: Oshkosh, WI
College: Minnesota State Mankato
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 210
Bats: L
Throws: L

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Route 222 Showdown Tickets on Sale Now!

From That Baseball Team out in Reading:

Reading Hosting Baseballtown 222 Showcase on April 1st

Battle between Fightins and IronPigs to also feature Fightins team autograph session

For the first time since 2012, FirstEnergy Stadium will be home to the 7th Annual Baseballtown 222 Showcase on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:35 p.m. The exhibition game, which pits the top prospects from the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils and Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs against each other, is once again presented by Capital BlueCross.

As a special added bonus, members of the Fightin Phils team will sign autographs for all fans prior to the game. This will be the only opportunity for all fans to partake in a Fightin Phils team autograph session.

Because of Capital BlueCross’s generous sponsorship, all ticket money from the 222 Showcase will benefit Baseballtown Charities, helping more kids in the City of Reading play baseball.

“It is important for Capital BlueCross to support the community in a meaningful way, such as connecting children to physical activity so they can all lead a healthier lifestyle,” said Amy Nilsen, Capital BlueCross manager of Community Relations. “That is exactly what the Baseballtown 222 Showcase and Baseball Charities are all about – providing an opportunity for inner city kids to run, catch and have fun through America’s favorite pastime. As the Reading Fightin Phils and Lehigh Valley IronPigs square off in friendly competition, they are not only showcasing the future of the Philadelphia Phillies, they are helping to shape a better future for the youth of this region.”

Tickets for the exhibition game are on sale now via Fightins.com, over the phone at 610-370-BALL, and at the Fightins Ticket Office located at FirstEnergy Stadium. General admission tickets located in the red and green seating areas cost $5 and reserved seats in the Yellow Box and Blue Box seating areas cost $7, with all proceeds benefitting Baseballtown Charities thanks our partners at Capital BlueCross.

The all-time series stands at 3-3 between the two clubs after Reading won last year’s contest, 6-4, in Lehigh Valley. The Fightins will look for their third straight win of the series in this year’s game.

Baseballtown Charities, a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity, was launched ten years ago in association with the Reading Fightin Phils in order to keep baseball alive in Reading through charitable donations to underprivileged youth, who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to play baseball. The organization was also founded to pay tribute to Reading’s rich baseball history.

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A Closer Look at the @ReadingFightins Promo Schedule

I was just taking a look at the Reading promo schedule and trying to match it up with the IronPigs home dates.  (the full schedule is here )  Here are some things I noticed, by date:

Tuesday April 1, 6:35PM:  The 222 game.  Just as we suspected/already purchased tickets for.  There will be a pre-game autograph session (just the Reading players if it matches last time).  Many of the early season Fightins games will be 6:35PM, BTW, so check your schedule if you’re heading down.

Thursday April 3, 7:05PM:  Opening Day for Reading features an Utley Bobble Doll and Autographed jersey raffle, and cocktails on the warning track…sounds great!  I was tempted, but opening days are often “amateur hour” and I don’t really want to make it more crowded for the season ticket holders.  But,….

Friday April 4, 7:05PM:  …these early games are tempting if I’m not driving through the woods of Rhode Island trying to get to Pawtucky.  A Reading Red Sox throwback cap for adults this night.  If you can’t wait for early season baseball and don’t want to drive to Rhode Island, this might be the game for you!

Saturday April 5, 6:05:  Fireworks and a beer tasting.  If I can’t make it to Friday night, perhaps this one.

Friday Apri 18, 7:05PM:  Ryne Sandberg throwback Bobble Doll.  I’m really considering this.  That bobble doll (they’re dolls.  if you’re not comfortable with that then quit collecting them.) looks pretty cool.  And Fridays are my days off.  If the weather’s nice, I might get in line early for this one.  The IronPigs are in Moosic with a visit from the Mountain Man.  For you it might be different, but for me Sandberg Bobble >> Mountain Man.

Monday May 5, 6:35PM:  Fightins Beer Yard for first 1000 21+.  I’ve been meaning to get a beer yard.  I wonder if it’s a full yard or just a half?  No matter.  I’m in.  The IronPigs are in Charlotte.

Thursday May 22, 11:35AM:  An Education Day in Reading.  But, the IronPigs are home!  So this might be an opportunity if you desire two games in one day…

Monday June 9, 9:35AM:  Every year they have a morning game.  I think the players hate this more than just about anything.  But, I’ve always wanted to try one.  If we could find an afternoon game, it’s an opportunity for THREE games in a day, with the IronPigs home at 7:05PM.  Alas, it can’t be done. Checked Philly, Moosic, Lakewood, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Camden….appears nothing within driving distance.  I think the IronPigs should do a 1:35PM “Business Person’s Special” on this day next season, and we’ll find a night game elsewhere.  That would work!

Thursday June 12, 7:05PM:  Jim Bunning Bobble Doll and autograph session.  Plus a beer tasting!  IronPigs are in Rochester!

Wednesday July 9, 7:05PM:  Dom Brown Bobble Doll.  IronPigs in Indy.

Sunday July 27, 1:35PM:  Cole Hamels Bobble Doll!  For the Kiddos!  As it should be…  IronPigs are in Buffalo.

Friday August 8, 7:05PM:  Human cannon ball launch!  I understand only one guy gets to do it, but if you paired this with the beer tasting the night before, you might get some volunteers.  Just saying.  IronPigs are in Toledo.

The Fightins tweeted me that they’re not planning a wing fest this season, which is a shame.  I’ve been to a couple of those and they’re a good time–they’ve done a nice job with them and the wings were super.

Happy scheduling!

 

@Kram209

 

 

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Bunning & Bobbleheads – Reading Stepping Up!

That Baseball Team Out in Reading is charging hard into the 2014 season announcing today a “Jim Bunning Day” right after a Ryne Sandberg bobblehead day!

The Sandberg bobblehead is being billed as “the first in franchise history,” although the IronPigs had one a few years back.. but I’ll give it to them. First in their New Named Franchise, I suppose… Either way, Reading fans will have a great year of promotions this season!

From That Baseball Team out in Reading:

Promo Preview: Jim Bunning to be Celebrated on June 12

Night to feature Bunning appearance, bobblehead giveaway, and Reading Baseball Hall of Fame induction

On February 13th, the Reading Fightin Phils will announce their full promotional schedule for the 2014 season in conjunction with the first day of individual ticket sales. Opening Night, the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, Human Cannonball, John Kruk Garden Gnome, and Ryne Sandberg Bobblehead have already been announced. Between now and then, the Fightins will preview some highlights of the schedule.

Baseball Hall of Famer and Phillies great Senator Jim Bunning will be making his return to Baseballtown on Thursday, June 12 at 7:05 p.m. when the Reading Fightin Phils host a 50th Anniversary of Jim Bunning’s Perfect Game & Reading Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The night will also feature a Jim Bunning Bobblehead giveaway to the first 2,500 adults compliments of Van Bennett Food Co.

In addition to being in attendance, Bunning will also be on hand for a free autograph session for all fans.

Known for his illustrious 17-year MLB career, Bunning spent a season in Baseballtown a year after retired when he managed the Reading Phillies in 1972. His squad, who featured future major leaguers Jim Essian, Mac Scarce, and Bob Beall, went 70-69 in the Eastern League.

A nine-time all-star selection, Bunning became the seventh pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game on June 21, 1964, against the New York Mets. At the time, the historical game was the first perfect game thrown in the National League in 84 years. He is also one of just seven pitchers in MLB history to hold the distinction of throwing both a perfect game and no-hitter.

Over his Hall of Fame career, Bunning went 224-184 with a 3.27 ERA in 591 games. He struck out 2,855 batters, ranking second all-time at the time of his retirement behind Walter Johnson.

After his baseball days, Bunning turned his focus to public service and was elected to the city council of Fort Thomas, Kentucky in 1977. Nine years later, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he spent 12 years in congress before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1999. He served two terms before stepping down in 2011.

Tickets for this and the rest of the 2014 slate of games go on sale February 13th online at Fightins.com, by phone at 610-370-BALL, or by stopping at the Fightin Phils Box Office at FirstEnergy Stadium.

See, I can copy/paste press releases too… ;-)

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