Well, unfortunately we were unable to play the final game of our road trip in Akron due to some extremely wet weather but it did mean we got to jump on the bus back home to Curve, Pa. and get home earlier. We ended up leaving Canal Park a little before 8 last night and got back to the ballpark at roughly 11:20 p.m. It was a lightning-filled bus ride home as we drove through the storm to make it back to Altoona.
Altoona finishes its first roadie 3-3 and as one of the better hitting teams in the league through its first six games of the 2013 season. It’s also been a homer-happy Curve team early on in 2013 with the club mashing seven home runs through six contests. When did the Curve hit their seventh home run in 2012? It came on May 2, 2012 in Erie when Brock Holt connected for a homer at Jerry Uht Park.
One thing that did result from our rainout in Akron is that Casey Sadler will now start tonight’s home opener instead of Jameson Taillon. Taillon is now scheduled to pitch Friday night when three-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey visits Peoples Natural Gas Field.
Another fun thing about coming back from a long seven-game trip (other than sleeping in your own bed of course) is that all the cool stuff you ordered while you were on the road is waiting for you at the ballpark when you get back. For the players, it’s always a quick trip up from Spring Training to Altoona and not all of their gear and/or housing furnishings have arrived by the time we kick off the season. So we were greeted by boxes and boxes of cool stuff.
Our manager Carlos Garcia looked like he was greeted by a new driver for his golf game while others had shipments of bats, new mitts, cleats and other game-ready stuff. What did I have waiting for me? A few linen shirts for the summer months plus a new insurance card and a savings bond from 1997. #SliceofLife
Tonight’s home opener begins has an official first pitch of 6:30 p.m. but the pregame festivities will get started a bit earlier as we here at the Curve pay tribute to Robert “Bo” Forney. Forney had been a bat boy with the team since the 2008 season and developed many close relationships with past Curve players as well as the front office staff at the ballpark. There will be a limited number of Bo Forney patches available for sale at tonight’s opener with the Senators. All proceeds from the sale of the patches will benefit the American Heart Association.
Also taking place will be an in-game silent auction of signed, game-used memorabilia from the March 30th Pirates-Curve Exhibition. Bo’s father Ron will throw out the first pitch at tonight’s game while his sister Shannon will be tonight’s Kunzler Honorary Team Captain. A framed bat boy jersey with the Bo patch on the sleeve will also be presented to the Forney family pregame.
New at the Ballpark
If you’re coming on down to tonight’s home opener be sure to check out some of the new things at the ballpark like our new habanero Curve burger, the new MoJo Speed Pitch Machine down near the wall of fame and Sandy Candy Land near the Galliker’s Fun Zone. That’s not all that’s new but just a sliver of new things to try in your visits to Curve, Pa.
It’s nearly 6:30 a.m. and it’s time to finish up the morning news with WTAJ-TV. How about Glenn McComas getting some TV love early this morning with that habanero Curve burger?!!