It was a double header affair, which for some reason began at 5:05 PM. I was thrown off by that as I would have thought an earlier start would have made more sense. Despite the later start, the weather was beautiful and it was great seeing this minor league ballpark. Since I typically end up going to games by myself (sad I know, but no one ever wants to make the long trips with me to see a baseball game), this was exciting because I was able to meet up with some amazing people who share that same passion for the game of baseball.
I have to say, it was intimidating at first, as I really didn't know anyone there and I began reverting back to my shy self in life. Thanks to Rebecca (whom I met a month or so ago at the Yankee game), we were able to reconnect and discuss her love of Jesus Montero and my love of Mark Melancon. This girl knows her baseball and really made me feel not so lonely at this event. She even introduced me to her friend Brent, who is such a nice guy and is even going to be a teacher, which makes him 100x cooler in my biased-teacher eyes.
Major props also to Chad Jennings, who stopped by during the first game to hang out with us in the left-field pavilion. He is a nice guy and is great at what he does. If you haven't read his blog or this amazing article he wrote on Shelley Duncan, I recommend you do so. I also have to mention Ashley who is an intern for the SWB Yankees and could haven't been nicer. Since I had been worried about another rainout at Scranton, she was helpful in giving me the conditions of the field the night before. I felt bad for bothering her but she was great about it and it was ironic to meet her in person. Thanks again, Ashley!
All in all, it was a great time despite the Yankees dropping the first game 5-3 against some Red Sox pitcher that none of us had heard of. Shelley hit a HR in this game and also a grand slam in the second game. Yankees won that game by a score of 6-1. I also must note that Brent, Rebecca and I started a Yankee role call during the second game which was pretty eventful. Shelley of course gave us the most comical pose, and there were only 2 guys that didn't respond to us (Miranda and Curtis). I wish I was good with names, but to all those I met at the outing, it was great seeing you all there. Some people even knew of my blog, which was pretty cool.
The trip to Scranton is definitely worth the drive, even if you are in NYC (which I think is only 2 hours right?) Make the trip, you wont be disappointed! As for the outing, many thanks to Ron, Pete, and the Yankees for the free stuff. Through donations and also the raffle, the LoHudders contributed nearly 800 dollars for the Cody Miley Scholarship fund which was amazing!
- Shelley Duncan and I. Of all the baseball players I have met, this guy has got to be one of the nicest guys out there. While hes got that great personality, you can't overlook the effort he puts into the game. It can't be easy for him having been at the major league level, but he has worked his tail off in AAA and has put up some amazing numbers. I hope the Yankees make the decision in calling him up after Scranton's season is done. He has earned it and since he is already on the 40-man roster, there would be no reason for the Yankees to not do this.
- Brian Cashman is famous in Scranton. Check out all these pics of him in the pavilion we sat in.