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I was a little late arriving to the ballpark, but I was in attendance at tonights game. As you can see from the image above, so was about half of Greensboro. Huge turn out at tonights game. I was in the restroom, and heard the start of “The Harlem Shake.” I thought to myself what in the world am I about to miss!? I walked out to the top of section 112, and low and behold, the bat boy and one of the pitchers is down on the field having a dance off! The bat boy would continue to entertain all night. He is known for his break dancing skills and performs at sporting events and venues. He goes by the handle, BBOY McCOY. Check his website out and look for him on YouTube at some of his amazing dance moves. The Hoppers started out the night HOTT! Starting with a 3-2 first inning lead. Again, we had three by the end of one. Lakewood would then claw their way to another 8 runs to finish the game 10-3. Click here for a full recap and box score of the game. Also don’t forget to check out Bill Hass’ blog at “BILL ON BASEBALL.” If you are unable to be at a game tune in to greensborosports.com and listen to the live audio feed there.
It was great to be in the ballpark again, after being away for a couple weeks. It was nice to talk to Don Moore from Greensborosports.com, Derek Hart the Warehouse Manager at the Stadium, Bryan Jones and Robert Stutts from the K -Zone, and Murray White of the Grasshoppers. It is always great to see you guys. Thanks for all you do, rather it’s selling tickets, stocking hot dog buns, or just sitting in the stands cheering on my beloved Grasshoppers. Everything you guys do, adds to the experience at the ballpark. You guys make this A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
It’s not often that a Major League player gets a rehab assignment that brings him to Greensboro. I can’t remember the last time a Marlins player ended up on the Hoppers roster. A couple of years ago, first baseman Ryan Howard was rehabbing for for Philadelphia with the Lakewood Blueclaws. In one of his games in Greensboro, he stopped a potential no-no with an RBI double in the sixth. I can’t remember seeing anyone rehabbing in Greensboro since then.
Well, starting this weekend, Brian McCann, the catcher for the Atlanta Braves, is rehabbing with the Rome Braves. McCann has been on the DL with a shoulder injury. As luck would have it, Rome is playing Greensboro this weekend, so this is an opportunity for the Hoppers fans to see a great major league player in action.
OK, McCann’s not a Hopper, but his brother Brad McCann played in Greensboro in 2005, so we can consider him family, right?
“It felt good,” he said. ”I got some pitches to hit and luckily I didn’t miss them.”
He was most pleased about the way his shoulder felt behind the plate and how fast he got the ball out of his glove and on the way to second base. The Hoppers tested McCann on the basepaths, stealing four bases, and he made two throwing errors. But accuracy is something he said he can iron out.
Neither Jordan nor I were able to make last night’s game, and we’ll probably miss all of the games against Rome. (Yes, it’s very sad. McCann is my favorite Brave, and I’d love to see him in our small park (I’ve seen him in Atlanta many times!) and have a chance to get his autograph, but other obligations trump baseball this weekend.) So this is the perfect time to enlist the Hoppers Fan Army! If you were at last night’s game, or make it out to any of the games when McCann is playing, we’d love to hear from you! Send us your pictures and/or stories from the game to email@example.com, and we’ll try to feature them on the blog. We’ve already received a handful of photos from a few fans, so look for those coming up in the next few blog entries.
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I love that baseball is back in Greensboro. Tonight was the home opener for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, against the Lakewood Blueclaws, and the Hoppers ended up on top with a 6-4 win. I’m thrilled that I was able to make it out to the park tonight. I’ve got a new scoring app for my Kindle Fire, and it performed pretty awesomely during the game. It even wrote a nice summary after the game was done:
After five lead changes in Thursday’s game at Newbridge Bank Park – Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Grasshoppers finally pulled out a 6-4 win over Lakewood Blueclaws.
Viosergy Rosa was hot from the plate for the Hoppers. Rosa went 3-4, drove in one and scored one run. He tripled in the third inning and singled in the fifth and eighth innings.
In the top of the first, the Blueclaws grabbed the early lead, 3-0. The Blueclaws caught fire after William Carmona singled. Then Art Charles homered, bringing home Carmona. The Blueclaws then tacked on more runs when Mitch Walding scored on an RBI single by Carlos Tocci.
The eighth spelled defeat for the Blueclaws, however, as the Hoppers grabbed the lead for good. More runners rounded the bases on sacrifice bunt by Cameron Flynn (that failed to collect an out, and due to a fielding error allowed Flynn to advance to second) and a sacrifice fly by Yeison Hernandez.
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Pretty cool summary, huh? I tweaked the output of the story a bit to make it flow a little better, but the initial recap that the app provided based on my scoring the game was a really good starting point. I think I’ll continue to use this app when I’m at the ballpark. While you’re thinking about the game summary, check out the official box score and game recap from milb.com.
There were a couple of beautiful plays tonight. The first belongs to the Blueclaws, and it was homer in the first inning by Art Charles. The sound of the ball leaving the bat was solid, and I knew it was going far. It easily cleared the net and bounced into Eugene Street and set the Blueclaws up for a 3-0 lead right off the bat. I was afraid that would set the tone for a rough night for Greensboro, but our boys caught up over the course of three innings and the score stayed tied until the eighth. Lakewood pulled ahead with another homer, this one by Brian Pointer. The second beautiful play came in the bottom of the eighth, when Cameron Flynn hit a sacrifice bunt that ended up tying the game — and didn’t collect an out due to a fielding error by second baseman Tyler Greene. Flynn even ended up advancing to second on the error. This set the Hoppers up to pull ahead with two more runs in the inning, and the Blueclaws went down quickly 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
I have to give a huge shout-out to Jim Scott, the Hoppers announcer. Before the games, Jim does a great job of entertaining and informing the fans. He doesn’t just read off the line-up cards, but he talks about what we might expect in the game and interacts with the fans directly as they trickle down to their seats. Tonight, he recognized Jordan and me as we were coming in and welcomed us by name. Then he proceeded to tell everyone in the ballpark to check out the Hoppers Fan blog and Facebook Page. Wow! It’s great to get that kind of publicity. We’re truly grateful, Jim.
As always, the Hoppers put on a great family show. Lots of fun between-inning entertainment, like sumo wrestling:
And after the game, the first fireworks presentation of the year. Before the fireworks started, however, I got my picture taken with the guy who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Yeah, not just some random guy, but Joey Cheek. He’s a very cool guy, having used his celebrity status to bring attention to humanitarian organizations like Team Darfur and Right to Play. His mother is a fixture at the ballpark, and I always enjoy chatting with her when I’m at a game. It was great to meet Joey, and he was very gracious and humble.
All in all, a great time at the ballpark — especially with a Hoppers win. It was so good to see so many of my friends at the ballpark again. Several of you I know are prolific photographers, and I’m hoping you’ll send some of your pictures to use here at Hoppers Fan for inclusion on the blog.
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As you may remember last season, the reason I started writing these blogs was partly due to the fact that Greg and his wife were expecting a baby (#1). Sweet little Rorie was born during the baseball season last year. And this offseason, I have some news of my own… My wife and I are EXPECTING!!! Shanna is 9 weeks and 3 days. We are very excited and are claiming this as God’s miracle to our little family. I’ve talked to many people in and around the stadium and of all the questions or comments they could make, the one I hear the most is “HE/SHE IS GONNA BE A HOPPERS FAN, RIGHT?” Of course, my answer is yes! We went for our first ultrasound about two weeks ago, and to see the heartbeat for the first time and just knowing that a new creation is being formed inside my wife is just simply beautiful! I am already loving every second of it, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this offseason holds for us. According to the ultrasound, baby weighs about a gram, and is 3 cm long. If you guys want I will do a gender reveal on the blog so you guys can enjoy and follow this with us! Baby is due on June 12th, and according to the 2013 schedule we will be playing away at Lakewood against the blue claws… And the week after is the All Star Break, so who knows… looks like it might be an ALL STAR BABY! Either way I’m happy and excited and am hopeful that this will be a fantastic offseason full of wonder and cheer.
Now, Greg and I were talking the other night and something came up… 2 years ago, Greg started writing the blog, last year had a baby. Last Season I wrote the blog, this year we are having a baby. If you are seeing the pattern… Do we have any takers for next season? HaHa!
Until next update this offseason, remember to always go WOO WOO at the end of every National Anthem this offseason, and who can forget… ITS A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
Tonight was Military appreciation night, and what a night it was! With an on the field temperature of 73 degrees and wind slightly blowing, it made a great night for baseball. The pitchers on the mound tonight were Jose Urena and Austin Brice. They combined for an amazing 14 strikeouts!!! It was incredible to see that duo sling the ball. The score was tied at zero going into the 4th when Urena had two walks and then Lakewood would clear the bases before the inning was over making it 4-0. Josh Adams steps up to the plate in the bottom of the 4th and launches a home run to the moon before it landed somewhere outside of Winston Salem. It was a monster home run! Lakewood would not score the rest of the game. The bottom of the ninth, Josh Adams would hit a double putting him at second base. James Wooster steps up to the plate and launches a home run right off the score board in center field. Making the score 4-3. Terrence Dayleg would single, making the tying run on base, winning run at the plate. Wilfredo Gimenez (who’s been slumping bad this year) grounds a ball straight to second base, Dayleg is tagged out at second then to first, making it a double play to end the game. The Greensboro Grasshoppers snapped their 16 game home winning streak tonight to the Lakewood Blueclaws. With this loss they are 30-11 on the season, and currently still 6 games ahead of second place. So this loss really didn’t matter, in the scheme of things, lets just not make it a habit! Tonight was pretty close to a sell out and with tomorrows giveaway, its gonna be another crowd and another GREAT DAY TO BE A HOPPER!
Tonight was Irish night at the ballpark. So you guessed it, it was green everywhere! It was also thirsty thursday. Which means only one thing as far as I’m concerned… A TON of people! The game was very good, I’ll get to the stats and play by plays in a second. Just wanted to give you guys some awesome news if you haven’t heard yet. It was announced two days ago that the All Star Home Run Derby, part of All Star week, will take place on board the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier based in the Charleston Harbor in Charleston, SC. How cool is that? The article I read said they will have inflatable barriers in the water, that if they hit the ball past it’s a home run. US Coast Guard will be in the water on Jet Skis retrieving the ball. So the next question… Am I going? You darn skippy! Thats way too cool to miss.
Austin Barnes at bat
Okay, back to last nights game. It started out great two runs in the first inning by the Hoppers, scored by Ryan Goetz and Austin Barnes. Josh Hodges was on the mound tonight for the Hoppers. His fastballs were averaging about 94 mph. They had a little smoke trail behind them as well. Greensboro wouldn’t score again till the 4th inning when Aaron Senne crosses the plate. In the 7th Brent Keys would score off a single fly ball by Matt Smith. Lakewood would stay scoreless until the 6th, where they posted their only run for the night. The Hoppers take the victory 4-1 over the Lakewood Blueclaws. They advance to 29-10 on the season, and 15 straight at home! It’s still way too early to say but, we are in great shape for the 1st half of the season! The Hoppers can lose the next six and still be in first place, and lose 8 and still be in 2nd. It’s a great place to be! I am also uploading all my pictures from tonight, all 29 of them to the Hoppers Fan page on Facebook and my personal FB page, so be sure to check them out! Hope to see you at the ballpark, and as always I echo the sentiment heard round the ballpark, IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
Babe, the ball and bat gal (above)
Spaz sporting his Irish attire (below)
Tonight was a fun night at the ballpark. Shanna, my wife, joined me tonight. For those of you that don’t know me personally, I get two season tickets every year and I am usually the only one using the tickets. Shanna mainly works at night and quite frankly doesn’t care for baseball. We decided to make tonight a date night of sorts. Needless to say, we met up with some friends up there and sat in the SUNBRELLA zone, out in the outfield for most of the game. It provides a different view on the game. I’m used to being up close in personal where all the action is. My seats are front row, on the first base line, beside the away dugout. So sitting in outfield provides a much better take on the game.
One thing I love as a photographer, is taking pictures of the stadium during different times of the day. The sunsets over the stadium are just awesome! Tonights was no different.
As I stated in the title and as I’ve stated many times this season already, the Hoppers are on fire! And I don’t see them cooling off anytime soon! With Adam Conley and Jose Fernandez pitching like they are, and Adams, Barnes, Wooster, and Keys hitting the way they are we are definitely on the right track to secure the first half. That sure would be nice. Jose Fernandez started off the night by throwing 6 strikeouts in the first two innings and had a total strikeout count of 8. Things were definitely heating up on the mound tonight. James Wooster had an incredible diving catch late in the 7th inning and stepped right up and slammed a home run off the score board. Hoppers win again by a score of 3-2 against the West Virginia Power! The win tonight improves the Hoppers to 20-8 and of those 28 games the crowd in Greensboro has only seen two of those losses! Talk about home town support! Their last loss at home came back on April 11 against the Lakewood Blueclaws! And that is why, my friends, I continue to echo the sentiment heard around the ballpark, IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
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Tonight’s Greensboro Grasshoppers game against the Delmarva Shorebirds was another shutout, and the Hoppers leave the field with the score 8-0. It was a short game, about two and a half hours, and the Hoppers established command early on and didn’t let it up. Half of our runs came in the seventh inning, where Delmarva pitcher Tim Adleman just kept giving up hits and runs. No complaints here. J T Realmuto hit another homer on Natty’s Hill in the second inning. The Hoppers played good ball tonight, got done what they needed to get done, and kept their wits about them. As always, check out the official box score and game recap for all the details.
Again, I didn’t take many pictures tonight (It was raining for part of the game, and I didn’t want to mess with the camera), but here’s a shot of Realmuto making it home after blasting the ball onto Natty’s Hill.
Winning like this is what we need to keep doing to stay (get) in the race for a playoff spot. I was out of town for the weekend and missed the games, but Bill on Baseball has some excellent write-ups of how things went down. Be sure to check out his blog for details on how the Hoppers are doing what they need to do get to the post-season.
Tonight’s win really helps the Hoppers, especially considering how some of the other games in the league are shaking out tonight. I listened to Andy Durham explain it all on the radio on the way home, and I think I’ve got a good grip on it. Hickory won both of the games against Lakewood in their double-header today and Kannapolis lost to Rome. This moves Hickory into first place in the league, with Kannapolis only a half game behind them. Hoppers are in 3rd place, three and a half games behind Hickory. It’s still mathematically possible for the Hoppers to win the 2nd half outright, but the easier route to the playoffs is going to be with Hickory winning the 2nd half. Since Hickory won the 1st half, if they win the 2nd half, the other playoff spot goes to the team with the best overall record,, where the hoppers have a chance of coming out on top.
While it’s fun to think of the possibilities, all this depends on the Hoppers doing their part and winning games. They’re on fire right now, with a great winning streak. The best thing they can do is keep it going. The other teams are going to do what the other teams do, and we’ll just have to see what happens. Any way it rolls out, it looks like the final five-game series in Kannapolis is going to play a big part in whether or not there will post-season play for the Hoppers. I’ve actually got tickets for the whole series in Kannapolis, and am going to try to go to all the games down there.
Tomorrow’s the last regular home game of the year. I’m especially looking forward to it because I won a drawing at the ballpark this year where the prize was a party at the ballpark party deck, including dinner, for 40 people! If you’re at the game tomorrow, we’ll be hooting and hollering from the third base side, upstairs, under the “Miller Lite” signs. Big thanks to Sheetz for sponsoring the drawing, at to everyone at the ballpark (I’m especially looking at you, Todd) who is working to make it a special night for my friends and me.
A note to anyone who might be visiting from MLBlogs: welcome! Today, my other baseball blog — Baseball Haiku — was one of the featured blogs on MLBlogs. In addition to pointing out the baseball haiku I write every day, they mentioned the Hoppers Fan blog. Here’s a screenshot:
How cool is that? It’s truly a humbling experience to see my mug up there on the official page for all the MLBlogs, in the company of the other great blogs featured. I would never have imagined seeing my picture next to a picture of John Thorn, MLB’s official historian, for example. It was especially nice of MLBlogs to mention the Hoppers Fan blog while they were featuring the Baseball Haiku blog. Thanks!
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Yeah, I know I owe the blog a post from Wednesday’s day game. Short version: Hoppers lost. I’ll get a few pictures and my write-up posted soon. Check out Bill on Baseball: On to Lakewood in the mean time.
Enjoy this picture that Hoppers Fan photo corespondent Eli took. Left to right: me, Bill (the bus driver for Augusta), Patrick (Eli’s dad), Todd (friendly Grasshopper employee). Five year old Eli captured the moment.
Here’s what Patrick had to say about the picture:
I know, why do you want a picture with the bus driver? I don’t know, just thought it would be something different. Besides, he drives a bus with “Abbott” on the side, and for a baseball team at that. Just wanted to share this brief moment Sunday, a time none of us will ever forget, seen through the eyes of a 5 yr old…. And Todd, thanks for humoring me. I’ve always said you guys go above and beyond for the fans.
Thanks for sending the picture my way, Patrick and Eli. I think it’s cool.
I ended up having a great chat with Bill before the game. Turns out in addition to currently driving the bus for Augusta, he used to drive the bus for Greensboro. I saw him at the ballpark every day for the series against Augusta and we watched several of the games together. He’s a great guy to watch a game with, and I’m glad to have met him. It would be nice I got to see him again in September.
Speaking of September, the Hoppers still have a chance at the playoffs, but it continues to be tough. So far, they’re 1-2 for the series at Lakewood, so the best we can hope for is a split if they win tomorrow’s game. They are going to have to work hard when they get back to Greensboro if they want to play in the postseason.
Yesterday’s Greensboro Grasshoppers win against the Augusta GreenJackets extends the Hoppers winning streak to six wins and inches the team that much closer to being in contention for a playoff spot at the end of the season. Check out the box score and game recap for all the official details.
Sunday afternoon day games mean no batting practice on the field, but I showed up early anyway to see what was going on. Several players from both teams were stretching and throwing, and if you look closely in the following picture, you can see the team chaplains from Baseball Chapel leading chapel service in the home team dugout. They’re the guys in the light blue shirts:
While waiting for the gates to open, I ran into the bus driver for the GreenJackets. Turns out he used to drive the bus for Greensboro, too. While I was chatting with him, we were joined by my buddies Patrick and his son Eli, who occasionally contributes photos for the blog here. The bus driver was telling us about the team’s trip down here from Lexington, riding with storms the whole time. They ended up getting into town about five in the morning. I joked that I hoped that meant they weren’t well-rested and our team would be able to take advantage of that. As it turns out, maybe that did play into our getting the win.
So how did the game go? In a word, weird. I don’t want to steal Bill Hass’ thunder from his latest blog post since you should be reading his blog, too, so here are the highlights he noted: an outfielder lost a glove attempting to catch a home run, four strikeouts in one inning, tripping for a balk, and turning a blown save into a win. Read all the details for that weirdness and more in his latest blog entry: Just stick it in the W column. And check out my scorecard below to see how the four strikeout inning went down.
I was worried about the game being a difficult one for several reasons. The Hoppers haven’t played against the GreenJackets yet this season and really didn’t know what to expect. (The Hoppers and GreenJackets are in different divisions in the league and don’t meet each other as much as teams in the same league do.) Looking at their stats, I knew the GreenJackets are good. They are very much in contention for the second half title in their division. The Hoppers were hot against Lakewood, but I wasn’t sure it was going to last. In our favor, we were starting Robert Morey, who threw a complete game shutout earlier in the season. The GreenJackets starting pitcher was one of their best, so I was ready for a tense pitcher’s dual to unfold. Instead, I saw six home runs (three on each side of the scorecard). Morey pitched for five and a third innings and was winning when he left the mound. He was replaced by Kenneth Toves, who only pitched for the final two-thirds of the sixth inning. In those two outs, he managed to blow the save on his first pitch when the GreenJackets batter homered off of him, tying the score at five. The Hoppers responded in the bottom of the sixth with four runs of their own, and even though Miguel Mejia took the mound in the seventh, since Toves was the pitcher of record when the Hoppers scored all those runs, he gets credited with the win. Mejia pitched for an inning and a third, being replaced by Grant Dayton in the eighth, who picked up the save. A dropped third strike in the ninth where the runner got on base allowed the weirdness that had Dayton record four strikeouts in that inning.
Want to see Robert Morey pitching? I thought you did:
Offensively, I saw the most beautiful bunt I’ve ever seen. In the sixth, with runners on first and second, Ryan Fisher laid down a bunt that slowly trickled down the third baseline, going slow enough to become obvious that it wasn’t going to roll foul. The third baseman sprinted to the ball, but wasn’t able to get it in enough time to make the throw to first. Instead of sacrificing, like the intent was, Fisher found himself with a hit that put him on first and loaded the bases. All three of those base runners ended up scoring: Christian Yelich and Mark Canha when Danny Black singled two batters later, and Fisher when James Wooster singled after Black. The bottom of the sixth inning infused exactly the energy the Hoppers needed to finish strong. The GreenJackets managed one more run in the eighth. I completely blame that run on the Hoppers pitching. The batter singled, but advanced to second on a wild pitch, third on a balk, and home on another wild pitch. But it wasn’t enough to rally the GreenJackets to a win, and the Hoppers went back to the locker room victorious for the sixth straight game.
Want to see what it looks like when James Wooster hits an RBI single? I thought you did. I put my camera on “continuous mode” and snapped this series of pictures when he singled in the sixth.
Here’s how I had the game scored. Especially check out the top of the ninth, with the four strikeouts:
As has been my custom lately, as soon as I got in the park, I headed over to the third base tunnel (pictured above) to hang out for autographs. It was a successful venture, as I was able to get both GreenJackets players who are featured in the SAL All-Star pack to sign their cards. I also picked up Cody Clark’s autograph. He’s the strength and conditioning coach for the Hoppers. Additionally, I got Steve Kline to autograph a baseball. Kline is a former major-league relief pitcher and is now working as the pitching coach for the GreenJackets. Here are the autographs I got, including hitting coach Kevin Randall’s, whose autograph I got the previous day.
It was a great game, and one thing made it even more thrilling for me. Earlier in the week, I received a nice email from Bill Hass thanking me for linking to his blog. He mentioned that he’d try to give me a shout out on the radio when he was in the booth with Andy Durham on Sunday’s game. I had been listening to the radio broadcast off and on during the game, but that’s pretty hard to do at the ballpark, especially when all my awesome friends kept dropping by to say “hi” and watch some of the game with me. So I didn’t hear a shout-out during the game, but as soon as I got in my car and was listening to the post-game broadcast, they started talking about both Bill’s blog and my blog. It was really, really, really cool to hear them tell their listeners to go check out “Greg Cohoon’s Hoppers Fan blog” as well as the “Bill on Baseball” blog. I’ve gotten to know a bunch of people at the park over the past couple of years, but I’m not officially associated with the team. This is just a fan blog, written by an obsessed fan. To be mentioned alongside Bill Hass’ official Hoppers blog is quite an honor and I really appreciate it. Thanks, guys!
So, seriously, if you’re not already reading Bill on Baseball as well as my blog, what is the matter with you?
With the way things are going, the end of the season is going to look interesting for several teams jockeying for a playoff spot. At this point, the best thing for the Hoppers to do is keep winning and see where everything else falls out. I’ve got my fingers crossed.
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