IRONPIGS TODAY: “Hot Dogs and Heroes” 5/2/2016

“A hot dog at the ball game beats roast beef at the Ritz.”

-Humphrey Bogart


knappy smile

Cheryl capturing the moments again. This time Knapp, who then copied this shot into his insta account.

They pro-actively called yesterday’s game, with the soggy weather and whatnot.  It took some of us by surprise–I only remember two other times they’ve done so.  And, we know why:  They’ve got groups to feed and suites that are rented.

However, it makes sense.  They now have a couple “new” team suites upstairs, and a variety of other group areas including the Hot Corner and Pig Pen, which can be rescheduled or traded.  They probably weren’t that booked yesterday and the kicker was they were able to book a day/night job so as not to lose an “opening.”  They’re swapping the entire game out to that early game in June, so groups and suites will still get their full experience.  If they can’t make it, I’m sure there are other availabilities they can trade.  But you know, they probably could have gotten it in–I was out at a soccer game and it wasn’t that bad.


The team is now a full game back of Syracuse in the standings–second place all alone–as the ‘cuse has won 4 straight and gone 7-3 in their last 10.  The ‘Pigs have gone 6-4 over the same stretch.

  • The IronPigs were 12-10 in April–their best all-time!  2011 and 2012 were the only other years with winning records.
  • OF Cam Perkins has hit safely in his last 13 games, which is the longest current streak in the IL.
  • OF Nick Williams has hit safely in his last 7 games and has multi-hit games in 5 of his last 9.  His line over that period:  15-37, .405-1-6
  • The bullpen is now 22 of 25 (88%) stranding inherited runners.
  • The IronPigs are 1-1 on Mondays; 6-7 in night games; 4-4 at home; 8-10 vs RHP starters.
  • 1B/DH Tommy Joseph leads the IL in AVG (.368), SLG (.684) and ranks tied for third in both HR (4) and XBH (10).


Today’s Game

The Paw-Sox are in town for three, starting tonight.  They’re pretty stacked with hitters, but our pitching has kept them in check.  We’re 3-2 versus them so far this season.

RHP David Buchanan (0-1, 4.58) is on the mound for the Pigs, to face Pawtucket’s RHP William Cuevas (2-1, 3.86).  Cuevas beat us 4/15:  6-5–Featherston with the HR that night.

Promotion:  It’s “photo night” where you can go on the field, walk the warning track, and get pictures with your “heroes.”  Autographs are discouraged, but pictures are cooler!  I’ve never been–always busy, but I hear it’s a great time and a lot of fun.  It runs from 5:45 to 6:15.

It’s also “Dollar Dog” night all night, sponsored by Berks.

Autograph Table:  Not on the field but on the concourse, Zach Eflin and Cam Perkins are scheduled to be the autograph guys tonight from 6:00PM to 6:20PM (or whatever; also, subject to change.)

Doors at 5:45PM for 7:05PM first pitch; club 5:30PM.  Weather should improve as the day goes along.

Cap of the night:  Blue mesh on-field “BP” cap with the alternate pig face.


Kram’s Korner:

First place and last place in the IL North separated by only 3.5 games.  We’ve been beating up on each other all through April.  Perhaps we’ll see some separation once we get to May and start playing the other divisions–although heading to red-hot (won 11 straight) Columbus on Monday isn’t optimal.

I can’t believe they scheduled the day/night doubleheader during my vacation again, foiling my chance to hold an all-day epic tailgate and to try to kill Ed with bloody marys again.  Two years in a row I’ve been kept in check.


Link of the day:

Dom Brown was 1-for-7 in his return to Coca Cola Park with the Bisons.  He was boo’d in all eight plate appearances, which I found kind of unnecessary–but this Greg Joyce piece explains:

Why ex-Phillie Domonic Brown loved getting booed in return to Allentown



See you at the park,



PS:  another quote:

“I don’t know any good words that rhyme with ‘Providence’.”

-One guy, speaking about Pawtucket’s possible move.

Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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