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.
(Clearwater, Pa.) — The Phillies’ Triple-A Spring squad opened play this afternoon with a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays team in Clearwater.
SS Brian Bixler paced the nine-hit attack, going 2-3, 2B, RBI, R. 1Bs Jim Murphy (1-2) & Cody Overbeck (1-2, R) both had doubles; and Murphy, OF Steve Susdorf (1-4) and 3B Matt Tolbert (1-3; R) each added an RBI.
Bixler, signed by the Phillies on Feb. 4, is entering his 11th pro season and is looking to find a home as a utility player for the IronPigs. Last season, he showed his versatility with Las Vegas (AAA) by playing SS, 2B, 3B and all three outfield positions just last season, while batting .259-5-27. The former Pirates second-rounder once set a Mid-American Conference league-record 32-game hitting streak while at Eastern Michigan University. Bixler has appeared in parts of four MLB seasons, batting .249-2-14 in 183 games with Pittsburgh, Washington and Houston.
Starter RHP Barry Enright turned in 3.0 perfect IP (2 K) and Luis Garcia shined in relief (2.0 ip, h, 2 k). The staff held the potent Blue Jays attack to just four combine hits.
Enright, who looked sharp in the start on Tuesday, split last season between Salt Lake (7-7, 7.12 ERA in 24 G, 22 GS) and Los Angeles Angels (0-2, 12.96 in 4 G, 2 GS) and could likely make the IronPigs 2014 rotation. Like Bixler, Enright was a second-round pick – but by Arizona in the 2007 draft out of Pepperdine University. He accelerated to the Majors and was very impressive with the D-Backs as a rookie, going 6-7, 3.91 in 17 GS. Overall, Enright is 7-13, 5.57 in 31 G, 26 GS in the his MLB career.
The lone Blue Jays’ run was of the unearned variety and came with Colby Shreve on the mound. Shreve needed 32 pitches to record six outs and surrendered two of the Blue Jays’ four hits and just the one unearned run.
Hector Neris and Austin Wright each took their turn on the mound throwing one inning each, striking out two and one respectively.
The Phillies’ Triple-A squad (1-0) will next take on the Pirates at Pirate City Complex, in Bradenton tomorrow at 1 p.m.
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Lehigh Valley IronPigs
A few years back I went over to the former “Pig Pen” establishment, (I’m still not sure if it was a club, a restaurant, a bowling alley or a kid-zone type place), and sat behind several IronPig staffers who bravely fought the urge to wear earplugs during 100+ National Anthem auditions. It was rough. It was long.. some longer and more draaaaaawwwnn out than others. It was mind numbing. If you thought Lena Hall’s Sports Illustrated version was long you would bailed faster than I did on that day. As much as I love the National Anthem, even I only last a couple hours.
So this season the Morning Call stepped in to help! A little while back there was a sign up form to upload a video of you singing and auditioners would be eligible for a prize as determined by online voting. I noticed the voting webpage is up, sorry Kram.. it’s on Facebook, and you can view and vote for your favorite of the 8 finalists.
From the Morning Call via Youtube:
I give credit to the two contestants who submitted footage from an actual pre-game rendition and my hat is off to the singer who belted it out buckled up in her car. My favorite is the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers and not just because I met them a week or so ago at the Lehigh Valley RollerGirls home opener.
Do any of these stand out against Lena Hall’s performance from last year? Perhaps…
It is currently 54 degrees here in Allentown… only 6 degrees to a nice 60 degree day. Earlier this morning SWB Railrider’s President and General Manager Rob Crain announced a “Guarantee of a 60 degree Opening Day.”
Only 6 degrees to go, right?
Crain goes on to say, “If it is not 60 degrees everyone who comes to opening day gets a free ticket!” A free ticket to any Railrider’s home game this season.
I’m no weather forecaster.. I don’t have access to “Special European Weather Models” as others on the internet may have..
..but I can check Weather.com like EVERYBODY on the internet can.. so I will say it could or could not be above or below 60 degrees in Scranton Wilkes Barre on April 10th.
The SWB GM then goes on to say he will dress as a woman until the Railriders win a game. Ok. Cool. Good for you.
Video of Rob Crain’s Presidential Declaration:
Chris P. Bacon with Hambone
So how does Chris P. Bacon fit in all of this?
Degree #1 – Chris P. Bacon races with Hambone.
Degree #2 – Hambone was tripped in the race by Delwyn Young.
Degree #3 – Delwyn Young was in “Stuck on You” with Greg Kinnear.
Degree #4 – Greg Kinnear was in “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks.
Degree #5 – Tom Hanks was in Apollo 13 with…. Kevin Bacon!
Didn’t think I could do it.. did you? Everyone is connected to Kevin Bacon within 6 degrees!
Usually I’ve been picking the jersey number a player started with, or spent the most time in. Here I maybe went off the plan a bit with Derrick Mitchell, now of the Braves organization. The reason is that I OWN the game-worn #17…