Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Rock Cats find bats, 9-1

Hot dogs are tasty

New Britain hasn't exactly been tearing it up at the plate so far this season, with all but one of their regulars hitting below .280 on the year. Already this year the last-place Rock Cats have been shut out 9 times (most recently their previous home game on Wednesday night), and have batted .177 with runners in scoring position on their way to a 17-26 start-- not quite your best return on a $5 ticket if you're a minor league baseball fan, to say the least.

Today's game against the streaking Trenton Thunder (tied for first after 5 straight wins) didn't figure to be much better, with a 10:35am start and a game time temperature of a raw and windy 50 degrees. Lo and behold-- Luiz Maza, all of 5'9" with a .241 batting average (second on the team in HRs and RBI, though) hit one out in the bottom of the first, and the Rock Cats went on to hit 2 more home runs through the chilly morning air on the way to beating Trenton, 9-1. I was even able to snare the first two home run balls for myself, by slipping out past the visiting team's bullpen and then walking back inside the stadium, feigning as if I had only just gone out to have a smoke.

The lesson for today being, tobacco products improve quality of life.

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The Rock Cats are still in last place, though.