After a short week in the office due to the unofficial best eating/feasting holiday there is, we’re back in the office and it’s a big week here in Curve, Pa. as we lead into our second annual Holiday Bazaar, which takes place this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. here at the ballpark. To help get you ready for the Bazaar on Saturday, we’ll be chatting it up here on the blog all week with various info of some of the things we’ll be putting on at the Bazaar.
We’re going to work out of order for the heck of it and start with some All-Star Stop talk.
For those that have not heard, we’re hosting the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game, we’re calling it the All-Star Clash, July 15 and 16, 2014! We’ll talk more in detail about the events on Day 1 (July 15) later in the week but let’s take a trip down memory lane to see some of the former stars that have played in past Eastern League All-Star Games as the game as featured some of top talent in the league (and eventually MLB).
2012 Eastern League All-Star Game:
The game was played just down the turnpike in Reading, Pa. and was won by the Eastern Division, 5-4, on a walk -off single by Binghamton’s Eric Campbell to score Troy Hanzawa of Reading.
Notable MLB players that played in the game just two years ago:
Darin Ruf (Philadelphia) – Ruf was the Reading Phillies first baseman in 2012 and had a tremendous year for Reading, hitting 38 home runs and batting .317. He went on to make his MLB debut later that season and hit three homers with Philadelphia. In 2013, Ruf played in 73 games for the Phillies and went on to hit 14 home runs while driving in 30 runs.
2011 Eastern League All-Star Game:
This game was played at the home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, and saw the West pummel the East, 8-3. The Curve were well represented in the 2011 game with future MLB’ers Starling Marte, Brock Holt and Jeff Locke all taking part in the game along with Aaron Pribanic (RHP). Holt was 1-for-2 in the game hit a two-run homer en route to being named the game’s MVP (the second straight year in which a Curve player took home the award).
Notable MLB players from the 2011 Game:
Starling Marte – Pirates left fielder and a former resident of Curve, Pa., Marte made a splash when he made his MLB debut in July of 2012, homering in his first at bat down in Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The former Curve centerfielder went on to have a solid first full season in the big leagues in 2013, hitting .280 with 26 doubles, 10 triples, 12 homers and 35 BI to go with 41 steals.
Jeff Locke – Locke, who was a native of nearby North Conway, N.H., had a stellar opening to his 2013 campaign with Pittsburgh that saw him garner N.L. All-Star accolades. The southpaw was 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA In 18 starts before the break and held opponents to a .202 batting average against.
Will Middlebrooks (Boston) – A third baseman with Portland in 2011, Middlebrooks hit .302 with 18 homers before being promoted to Pawtucket later in the season. He went on to make his MLB debut in 2012 with Boston, hitting .275 with 15 homers and 54 RBI. This past year, Middlebrooks blasted 17 home runs and drove in 49 runs in 94 games while playing at third for the World Series Champion Red Sox.
A total of 25 players from the two All-Star teams in 2011 have played in the major leagues.
Not only will the fans of Curve, Pa. and beyond get to see future stars of the big leagues on the field but they’ll also get to meet and greet the stars from both teams with the All-Star Experience, which is scheduled to take place before the game on Wednesday, July 16. Gates will open up extra early the day of the All-Star Clash and give fans the opportunity for an autograph and photo session with the Eastern League All-Star squads. Following the session, fans will then have the opportunity to watch both teams take batting practice before the Clash itself begins later in the evening.
The Holiday Season is Here!
Now that the calendar has swung to December the world has gone in to full-on holiday mode with the holiday season upon us. Here’s a few of the places we’ll be in the coming week with our mascots to help ring in the season. Also, as you can see from the photo above, we took a staff photo for our Holiday Card with the best sweaters that we could find. Some people didn’t get the memo and we had to do a little photoshopping but….we think it adds to the touch.
Curve Community Appearances This Week:
Thursday, December 5 – Altoona Curve mascot(s) will take part in the 8th annual Spirit of Christmas Parade in Altoona which begins at 6 p.m.
Friday Dec. 6 – An Altoona Curve mascot will be participating in the Tyrone Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 6:15 p.m.
We’ll be back tomorrow with more….