Sunday Afternoon Baseball

For no particular reason, I decided to go to a baseball game in York today. I’d just been to a game in Aberdeen last week, it wasn’t like I needed to go, a game in York was my best option (and despite its closeness it’s also sort of my last choice), and I couldn’t say I cared one way or the other for their baseball hat giveaway…

But an afternoon with baseball is better than an afternoon without, so I bought a ticket online — the War of the Roses, the York Revolution and the Lancaster Barnstormers!

It was also, though the hat giveaway was unrelated, Harry Potter Day at the ballpark.

When I arrived at Peoples Bank Park, about ten minutes before the gates opened, the crowd was already decently sized. There was some trouble scanning my ticket on my phone due, I think, to the brightness of the sun and the reflectivity of my screen, but that got sorted. And I did get the free Revs hat.

Pre-game, a helicopter flew overhead and landed in the stadium. It carried a girl who had completed a local library reading challenge, and after the game (though I didn’t stay for this), the helicopter would do a candy drop for children onto the field.

This was followed by a parade of children around the ballpark who had also completed the challenge as well as a local little league team from New Oxford, I think.

Sparse crowd on a Sunday. It wouldn’t really get better.

Surprising even myself, I put on the Revs hat.

I did not keep the hat. Three guys sat behind me, shortly after the game started. They were on a baseball road trip — after this game they were driving up to Altoona to see an Altoona Curve game — and they were disappointed that they arrived too late to get the hats. When the left mid-game to make the Altoona game, I gave them the hat.

Of the game, there’s very little to say.

The Revs were terrible. The Barnstormers scored at will, early and often, and York dug themselves a deep hole.

In the late innings, the Revs clawed away at the Barnstormers’ lead. The Barnstormers brought in Bryan Harper, the brother of Bryce Harper, to pitch. (Last summer, I bought a piece of artwork done by Bryan Harper. It hangs in my office at work.) I was excited to see Harper pitch.

York’s late comeback fell short.

I don’t know what I expected from Harry Potter Day, but I expected something more than playing John Williams’ music on the PA system, some graphics on the video board, the on-field host dressing up in robes and, later, as Willy Wonka, and a costume contest with two or three kids.

It wasn’t a bad outing. The afternoon was pleasant, even if the baseball was not, and the growing storm clouds held off until the game was done.

Published by Allyn Gibson

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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