Curve fans…All-Star Week is here! The Curve are wrapping up their series in Harrisburg today and then it’s on to the Eastern League All-Star Stop presented by UPMC Health Plan! We’ve got a ton of events coming up over the next two days so we thought we’d help break it down in this edition of the blog.
Tuesday, July 15 | Gates Open: 5 p.m.
We’ll kick off the events of the two-days with gates opening at 5 p.m. and that will be followed by Curve, Pa. Heroes Game presented by AMBUCS Altoona & The Altoona Mirror. The softball game between the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and the Curve, Pa. Alumni will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and be played like a traditional softball game.
Playing for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will be:
Leonard Anderson (US Air Force)
Saul Bosquez (US Army)
Tom Carlo (US Marines)
Justin Feagin (US Army)
Matias Ferreira (US Marines)
Mike Gallardo (US Army)
Lonnie Gaudet (US Army)
Chris Hutton (US Army)
Todd Reed (US Army)
Josh Wege (US Marines)
William Wilk (US Army)
Playing for the Curve, Pa. Alumni Team will be be:
LHP Mike Connolly
C Chris Snusz
IF Ray Navarrete
IF Jack Wilson
OF Kory DeHaan
OF Miles Durham
OF Adam Hyzdu
OF Tike Redman
POW/MIA Seat Dedication | Following Heroes Game
Between the Curve, Pa. Heroes Game and the Ghostman Games & Hitting Challenge, the Curve, in conjunction with the Altoona Mirror, will dedicate Seat 3 in Row 3 of Section 112 as a POW/MIA seat. That seat will remain vacant for every remaining Curve game as well as any non-game day event in honor of those who are unaccounted for. In addition to the seat, a plaque will be installed above section 112. This ceremony will be performed by the Rolling Thunder (American Legion Riders Post 12), who are based out of Somerville, N.J.
Ghostman Games & Hitting Challenge | Begins approximately 7:45 p.m.
Since Peoples Natural Gas Field is larger than your normal ballpark, we’ve decided to have a little fun with our version of the Hitting Challenge. We will use the childhood “ghost runner” to act as a run multiplier during the Hitting Challenge portion of the Games.
In the first part of the Ghostman Games, the Eastern and Western Divisions will participate in a series of five mini games to try to accumulate extra ghost runners for the second part of the competition. Three ghost runners will be available in each of the five competitions. The competitions will be winner take all (so one division will win three ghost runners, while the other will win none). The five mini games are:
- Bubble Gum Blowing (on the Rocky Gap Casino Resort Entertainment Deck): Members from each division will square off to see who can blow a bubble the fastest. Both teams will start at the same time and the next team member cannont begin to blow a bubble until their prior teammate has blown a bubble and stuck it on the table. First division to get through their players first wins.
- Mascot Dodgeball (on the field behind home plate): Members of the East and West will get a chance to play some dodgeball and they’ll be trying to pick off Curve mascots. This will be a timed competition and the team that dispatches of all the mascots the quickest will win the ghost runners
- Disc Toss (centerfield): Think of this as a giant game of closest to the pin. We’ll have two members from each division throw three discs apiece from the second base bag. Whichever team’s discs are closest to the pin will take the ghost runners.
- Accuracy Challenge (behind home plate in the Toyota Diamond Club): How accurate of an arm do the All-Stars have? We’ll see in this accuracy challenge. The team that throws the most bean bags through the target will win this competition.
- Tennis Ball Shoot (on the field): This will involve six players from each division with three manning a slingshot and three set up in the outfield. The goal is to shoot a tennis ball using the slingshot to your teammates in the outfield. The team that catches the most balls on the fly will take the competition.
Once the mini games are complete, we’ll get to the home run hitters of the Eastern League. The Eastern and Western Division will each have three participants in the Hitting Challenge. The only types of hits allowed in the hitting challenge are doubles (anything to the warning track on the fly) and home runs. The East will hit first, followed by the West. The team with the most runs at the end of the competition will win $10 Chipotle Gift Cards for each member of the team. The player that drives in the most runs for his team (winning or losing team) will win the competition’s trophy.
Eastern Division Participants:
Peter O’Brien (Trenton) – 19 home runs
Gary Sanchez (Trenton) – 9 home runs
Kennys Vargas (New Britain) – 15 home runs
Western Division Participants:
Willy Garcia (Altoona ) – 12 home runs
Michael A. Taylor (Harrisburg) – 18 home runs
Christian Walker (Bowie) – 20 home runs
Ghostman Jersey Auction
The jerseys that will be worn during the Ghostman Games & Hitting Challenge will be auctioned off beginning when gates open on Tuesday. Every player and coach jersey is up for bid with all of the proceeds going to an Action Trackchair that will be gifted upon Jaime Heverly of Altoona. AMBUCS Altoona, in conjunction with the Altoona Curve, have selected Jaime to receive an Action Trackchair, which will give Jaime the chance to once again enjoy the outdoors with a chair equipped to handle all terrains.
Bidding for the jerseys will close in the middle of the first inning of the Ghostman Games. Fans that have a winning bid from the auction will be allowed to come down to the field to claim their jersey. This will happen after Jaime Heverly has been presented with her Action Trackchair, which will follow the Ghostman Games finale.
Wednesday, July 16 | Gates at 4 p.m.
All-Star Experience (Fanfest)
The All-Star Experience is your chance to meet the stars of the Eastern League All-Star Stop and you can do so in many different fashions and locations around the ballpark. While one division is taking batting practice, the other division will be rotating through the different stations throughout the ballpark. The schedule will be as follows. For locations of specific players, please check the video-board in left-center field the day of the event.
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Eastern Division Batting Practice
Western Division FanFest
- Players from the Western Division will be spread out through the four stations and switch locations at 4:30 pm.
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Western Division Batting Practice
Eastern Division FanFest
- Players from the Eastern Division will be spread out through the four stations and switch locations at 5:45 p.m.
Player locations around the ballpark are as follows:
The Social Media Suite (4 players) | Location: Kids’ Zone Behind Ollie’s Cheap Seats
Get Social with the stars of the Eastern League All-Star Stop with our social media suite. Take photos with the All-Stars, tweet to your friends, post to Facebook. Do it all from the Social Media Suite
Rent-A-Center Gaming Lounge (2 players) | Location: Second Level Concourse behind home plate
Most of these guys will one day be in the show but today you can play a little MLB The Show with the Eastern League All-Stars! Hang out and play a few rounds of Home Run Derby on a pair of 50” TVs and PS4s
Mojo Pitching Cage (4 players) | Location: Above the US. Foods Picnic Pavilion
Test your arm strength and see how you compare to some of the best stars in the Eastern League at our Mojo Pitching Cage
Cornhole (2 players) | Location: Rocky Gap Casino Resort Entertainment Deck (Left Field)
Head out with a group of friends and play a game of cornhole or “bags” against the stars of the Eastern League All-Star Stop.
Autograph Zone (12 players) | Location: On-Field behind home plate
Get autographs from your favorite Eastern League All-Stars during the All-Star Experience
Those players who were in the autograph zone for the first 30 minutes of their fanfest block will disperse to the other four stations while the players that were at the other stations will all come to the autograph booth for the final 30 minutes of their fanfest block.
The Eastern and Western Divisions will meet in the E.L. All-Star Clash presented by UPMC Health Plan. The game will be played to nine innings and will not end in a tie. If after nine innings the game is tied, we’ll go to a shootout, per say. Each division’s manager will pick three batters to compete in a impromptu Home Run Derby. It’ll work just like an NHL shootout in terms of scoring. The division with the most homers at the end of three batters will be declared the winner of the game. Should the game remained tied after the shootout, we’ll go to a sudden death version.
Following All-Star Clash
We’re nearly midway through June and the Curve are out on their longest trip of the year. While they’re gone, it gave us some time to dig back through all of the top plays from May and see which ones we liked most. We’ve got a pretty good collection here so watch the video below and vote for your Top Play from May (hey, that rhymed!). Was it Mel Rojas, Jr.’s walk-off single…Keon’s torrid month.. .or the Staff Sgt. who surprised his mom for her birthday by posing as our catcher.
The Rewind – Vol. 2 (May)
This edition of Week in Tweets covers Memorial Day to the first day of June! This week we cover everything from honoring servicemen and women to Adam Hyzdu to stranded ships to a beautiful weekend of games here in Curve, PA.
We started with Memorial Day as we honored all of our veterans, service men, and women who sacrifice everything for our country.
We got a surprise update on one of our famous alumni… Adam Hyzdu. We are campaigning to get him to start Tweeting!
— The Dominic Party (@dtonzojr) May 27, 2014
Another former Curve player has made it to the Show.
— Rob Egan (@AltoonaCurveGM) May 29, 2014
We then ran into trouble when we learned that our Marte Oven Mitt’s were stranded at sea. Luckily, a pot holder and voucher were given out as an “I.O.U.”
And you can keep the pot holder + bring voucher back to get Oven Mitt when it arrives as an IOU. Kind of like this. pic.twitter.com/GrkPMVOoxL
— Altoona Curve (@AltoonaCurve) May 29, 2014
Is this real @AltoonaCurve? Because that's incredible. Pot holders for everyone! (Or the 1st 1,500)
— Jim Madalinsky (@Jim_Madalinsky) May 29, 2014
@AltoonaCurve New catchphrase: "Let's get cookin' in Curve, PA."
— Jacob Kaucher (@jacobkaucher) May 29, 2014
Diesel got in on the #SheetzTag.
— Miranda Lynn (@mirandaa_rights) May 29, 2014
You guys were killing it with the field pics this weekend.
We also got a treat on Saturday May 31st. Air Force Staff Sgt. George Frondek surprised his mom by dressing as the catcher as she threw out the first pitch for her 50th birthday! Welcome home Staff Sgt. Frondek!
We love our fans here in Curve, PA…
We agree with Holly.
And for our Tweet of the Week! It goes to Kayla who finally made it to Altoona for the entire weekend of games. We are glad she made it out and had a great time! Make sure to message us to claim your prize!
And as always, keep tweeting!
This Week in Tweets showcases a cheers to “Cheers,” school kids days, and ended with the team in Erie to take on the SeaWolves. As always make sure you read all the way to the end to see if your tweet is our weekly “Tweet of the Week” which would make you our winner!
We started the week celebrating the 21st anniversary of the last episode of “Cheers” with special beers, a double curve burger, mail carriers, and a couple of very special guests to have a beer with.
Then we had back to back School Kids days and one left with a nice souvenir!
We hope this guy got some Curve gear to go with his West Virginia and Bradenton gear.
AJ Morris continued his hot streak at home.
Willy Garcia iced the game for the Curve as they took the victory.
We announced a special ceremony that will happen between our Heroes Game and the Ghostman hitting challenge for day one the of the All-Star Stop. We will be dedicating one of our stadium chairs to all of the POW/MIA soldiers.
As part of Eastern League All-Star Game festivities, @AltoonaCurve will dedicate a POW/MIA seat at the ballpark.
— Benjamin Hill (@bensbiz) May 22, 2014
Shout out to our official photographers, Moments Photography, with this picture of Matt Curry.
We think this a great present.
Curry went deep in the top of the 9th to seal the first game against the SeaWolves.
And our weekly staple…
And for our “Tweet of the Week!” It goes to @blcartwright and his granddaughter Tamia! Please message us so that you can claim your prize!
And be sure to keep tweeting as your tweet may make you next week’s winner!
It is that time of week again where we recap the previous week through your tweets. This week including amazing plays, a garden gnome and an appearance of a clown. Make sure to read all the way to the end to see if your tweet was this week’s “Tweet of the Week.”
We started the week on the 12th with an amazing play by our own Drew Maggi, which made MiLB’s Top Plays!
The Curve took game one against Binghamton thanks to three long balls from Ngoepe, Broxton, and of course a #StetsonBooooomb
Unfortunately, they dropped the next two games, only to return home to start a new series against the Flying Squirrels from Richmond.
There were some pretty good photogs in the seats this week…here’s one from when we were in Akron. Although, we’re not sure how to caption this. Thoughts?
We’re pretty sure that the Star Trekian teleporting is not available technology just yet but, hey, we tried to help her out.
We had a double birthday to celebrate and there was a debate on how they would celebrate…
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) May 16, 2014
— Brandon Michael Mann (@brandonmmann) May 16, 2014
People, not just baseball players, go wild for #chipotle. #truth
We teamed up with the Pirates at the Miracle League Field for a day of baseball camp.
FeDro rolled into town
And then we rolled out the Gerrit Cole Garden Gnome…
Capped the night off with another #StetsonBooooomb and some help from Alen Hanson to take the game 3-0
We just liked these fans.
It seems we had a few more friends for the Panera Bread Bagel Race on Sunday.
And for the tweet that everyone is hoping is theirs… The “Tweet of the Week” this week goes to Jay Fiore. We love his use of the Garden Gnome. Please message us on Twitter to claim your prize this week!
— Jay Fiore (@jmf243) May 18, 2014
As always, keep tweeting!
The first of many Pirates-themed giveaways in the Gerrit Cole Garden Gnome will be handed out to the first 1,500 fans today(Saturday) thanks to Peoples. We tried to honor some of recent and distant Curve players that have gone on to become stars with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cole is the first in that series. We knew we wanted to do a Garden Gnome as a giveaway this season but weren’t sure which player we should do. So we thought, who on the Pirates has the best beard that played for us? It came down to Cole and we went from there.
Putting a giveaway together is not an easy process and we thought this year as we giveaway some of our items, we detail the behind-the-scenes process of how they come to be. So, here goes…
The Gerrit Cole Garden Gnome
Before you can begin on the giveaway you must give the folks something to work with. So, we started off with Gerrit’s headshot from when he was here with us back in 2012.
That photo went over to the folks who sculpt up the first mock up, which came back, looking like this:
So off the bat we had some things to amend. Firstly, the 13 needed to be moved to the left abdomen, instead of the right. We also wanted his gnome beard to reflect his actual beard that he had at the end of last season (and now again this season) so we wanted them to move the beard up on to his face more. As you can see above, it hangs below in the first mock.
After relaying the changes, here’s what the second mock came back as
All the changes were made, the logo was turned the right way on the cap and now it was on to painting this little guy…
As you can see from the first paint, the Curve on the black was a little tough to read…plus with our current uniform set we don’t have a black jersey so we elected to go with a white set of overalls.
Here was the gnome when it left the factory..
And here it is in Curve, Pa. waiting to be handed out to you today! The first 1,500 fans will get one tonight (Saturday, May 17) thanks to the folks at Peoples. We hope you enjoy the giveaway!
HELLO! It is that time again for another installment of This Week in Tweets. We have had quite an eventful week, so let’s recap it using some of your tweets! Make sure to read all the way to the end to see if your tweet was this week’s “Tweet of the Week”! Be sure to keep tweeting us (@AltoonaCurve)!
We start this week with our celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which featured some great deals!
AJ Morris was a force on the mound on Monday dropping his ERA to 1.11 in a Curve 6-1 victory over the Baysox.
Wandy Rodriguez made his second rehab start with Altoona on Tuesday, his first at People’s Natural Gas Field.
Although his start didn’t end the best, a good time was had by fans!
Wednesday brought our first Education Day!
It brought a lot of selfies along as well, here are some of our favorites.
The kids were in for a great game with a walk off base knock for Mel Rojas Jr.!
It seems we have a new prospect, Zack.
The Curve hit the road again and were headed right into Quackron where it seems we were to walk the plank.
Despite a brief power outage it didn’t stop the Curve’s bats, unfortunately, it didn’t stop the Ducks bats either.
With the team being on the road we still had some fun here in Curve, PA with Pints for Pets!
Sunday we finished with a Mother’s Day game in Akron.
Now for our beloved “Tweet of the Week!”
How could this not be our tweet of the week? Sixth inning selfie from across the world from Stetson’s brother. Thanks for your service.
We appreciate all of your tweets and we hope you keep it up!
This Week in Tweets are going to cover our series in Erie as the Curve took on the SeaWolves and then they returned to Altoona for a series with the Akron Rubberducks for the weekend. Make sure to follow us on twitter (@AltoonaCurve)!
Our Week in Tweets started with, yep you guessed it, rain.
Although, it could have been worse.
— Brandon Minnick (@Bminn15) April 29, 2014
Gift Ngoepe has decided to take some creative freedom when it came to our team shop, The Stockyard.
Despite the rain it was a WONDERS-ful time in Erie
Once we did get a game in on a blustery day, the Curve dropped the first to Erie.
And then… more rain.
Wandy Rodriguez scheduled to make his rehab start in Game 1 of the now doubleheader.
B-E-A-Utiful day in Erie for the doubleheader.
Game 1 started with a back to back jacks from Alen Hanson and Gift Ngoepe.
The Curve took game one from the SeaWolves with Wandy Rodriguez coming out in the 4th.
After losing the second game 5-2, the Curve returned to Altoona looking to bounce back against the RubberDucks of Akron. You didn’t have to be in Altoona for the game though.
Game 1 looked to be in hand 5-1 going to the bottom of the 9th, but that didn’t stop the Curve from trying to use the Al Tuna powers of rallying, however, end up losing 5-4.
Saturday was a doubleheader to make up a rainout from earlier in the season and the weather wasn’t looking promising to start the games. However, after just under an hour and a half we got the first pitch.
Despite another late game rally attempt the Curve lost the first game against the Ducks.
Ashley tweeted the thought we have all had before.
Despite the double loss in the doubleheader, our mascots still got some love.
Despite being swept the players took the afternoon to use their time to help out the Make-A-Wish with a bowling fundraiser.
Now for the Tweet of the Week! This weeks winner will take home one of our stadium replica’s! This week’s winner is Kendall Morris! We love to see you guys at the game and so does Diesel. Please DM us on Twitter for details on how to get your prize!
Don’t forget to keep tweeting Curve fans!
The first month of the season is drawing to a close as the Curve prepare to play Erie today on Wednesday in a doubleheader at Jerry Uht Park in Erie. It’s been very rainy so far this morning so it’s given us time to put together this blog and our first Rewind of the 2014 season. Look for the Rewind at the end of every month during the season to see some of the top plays and/or performances from the past month. Vote for your favorite by taking part in the poll below.
If you get past the Rewind, there’s also a fun video with Curve 2B Gift Ngoepe, who continually pleads with our Director of Merchandise Claire Hoover about renaming our team store the “Gift N’ Go Pay”. We don’t see that change coming in the future Gift..sorry.
The Rewind: April 2014
And last, but certainly not least, Gift’s pitch to change the name of The Stockyard….
We are back for another edition of This Week in Tweets! Make sure you read until the very end to see if your tweet was this week’s “Tweet of the Week.” The winner this week will receive a signed baseball!
After the league wide day off for Easter, the Curve returned to action on April 21st for the start of a four game home series against the Harrisburg Senators.
To start off the week it seems that we got a new fan… Cam Heyward’s dog?
Our grounds crew even got some love on Twitter this week from Donald.
Brandon Mann took the emergency start for the injured Dodson and he did not disappoint in the Curve’s Game 1 defeat of the Senators 10-1.
Catcher Elias Diaz continued his hot streak from the plate with an impressive game line.
It seems that even our players can’t escape.. well, our players.
Even a little rain couldn’t stop Game 2.
And who doesn’t love a good #StetsonBomb?
ICYMI- Miles Durham has returned to the Curve after playing here in 2012. WTAJ has it covered.
We celebrated Administrative Professionals Day here at the office and give thanks to Carol for everything she does.
It was a chilly one for the 3rd in the series against the Senators, some people needed a little push to get them to the game on Wednesday night.
We are always honored to host our veterans and we are glad that Paul could make it to the game!
Offensive juggernaut, Stetson Allie, lit up the sky with not one, but two #StetsonBombs in back to back at bats. Did we mention one of them was a Grand Slam?
Despite the two bombs from Allie it still took a 4 run bottom of the ninth to claim victory in walk off fashion.
Are we even surprised this happened in the next game?
Mom loves it.
Get your brooms out because the Curve sweep the Senators to get back to .500 on the season.
Off to Quakron we went, we brought along our pun book as well.
The Curve took game one and made it to over .500 for the first time in a year.
Despite the beautiful day, the Curve drop the final two to the Ducks, having the team leave Quackron one game under .500.
The Curve travel to Erie for a four game series with the SeaWolves before they return home on Friday, May 2nd.
Now for the “Tweet of the Week”! This week’s tweet of the week comes from @AnthonyHoey. Future draft pick? We hope Carter had a great time! Please DM us to find out how to get your signed baseball!
Make sure you keep tweeting (@AltoonaCurve) and you could see your tweets on our next edition of “This Week in Tweets.”