Class(Y) A Baseball

These are the hopeful few, the guys who, if they could just turn a double play, catch a couple more balls, or just get a few extra base hits, or not give up two home runs in the first inning, could be headed to the Harrisburg Senators.

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This picture will serve as a reminder that I should always bring my camera. I went to see Class A Baseball hosted by the Potomac Nationals in lovely Prince Williams County, Virginia. This is what I saw:

  1. The Starting Pitcher gave up two home runs in the first inning
  2. A guy sitting along the left  field fowl line was sporting only his speedos on a hot sunny day.
  3. The short stop rocketed a ball into the first base box seats during warm ups in between innings.
  4. The DH for the Nationals got struck in the face somehow by a pitch and collapsed like a ton of bricks.
  5. I watched a helicopter land on a little league field. They had to stop the game in the eight inning because a fowl ball almost hit the DH while he was on the stretcher.
  6. Ben’s Chili Bowl has a stand at Pfitzner Stadium.
  7. People in Prince William County smoke a lot of pot in their suburban home and their kids are mutants.

Essentially, it was the most nuts-o baseball game I’ve ever experienced and I got to sit on the third base line. It was pretty awesome. Also, all the players on both teams make themselves available for autographs and high fives. These are the hopeful few, the guys who, if they could just turn a double play, catch a couple more balls, or just get a few extra base hits, or not give up two home runs in the first inning, could be headed to the Harrisburg Senators. This early in the season, there were no scouts. Maybe they never come. It’s low rent baseball. Hardly a step up from the high school and summer leagues most of these kids were playing at last season. But it was the most exciting, sloppy baseball I’ve ever seen.

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