Nintendo’s, Ghosts & Oscars

Exactly four weeks from tomorrow we’ll be a month away from Opening Day…err. Night on April 3 when we take on Erie! The field is still covered in snow but we know mother nature is on our side to help it melt before we get into April.

What’s been going on here at the ballpark? Well, lots actually. Firstly..single-game tickets are now on sale for all 2014 regular season games. You can grab seats online (altoonacurve.com), over the phone (877.99.CURVE) or in person here M-F, 9-5. We’ve got a lot of cool stuff on the promo cal (released last week) like the celebrity appearances. Speaking of celebrity appearances….


Gus Fring to visit Curve, Pa.

We were pretty pumped to announce on Monday that Giancarlo Esposito, aka Gus Fring from AMC’s Breaking Bad, will be visiting the ballpark on June 26 thanks to Atlantic Broadband. Esposito also currently stars in NBC’s “Revolution” as Tom Neville, which has a new episode tonight (8e/7c), and had a role in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as the Mirror Mirror on the Wall and Sidney Glass.

It was received very positively and we always do appreciate the positive feedback, like this comment below from Twitter.

Speaking of Twitter….


The Oscars Live-Tweet…Revisited

Some of you might or might not follow us on Twitter (@AltoonaCurve) but those that do were treated to an impromptu live-tweet of Sunday night’s Oscars from the Curve account. We hope those that do follow enjoyed the creativity and fun-nature of the tweets that basically tied in winning or nominated films with some things Curve-related.  For those that missed it or don’t have a Twitter..here’s some of the highlights from Sunday night:

And the last tweet from the night….

Maybe we’ll do another one at a random moment throughout the year so follow along!


#WayBackWednesday – The Ghostman Games Explained…Nintendo Style

We’ve been working on this for awhile, hope you enjoy it and figured why not release it on a Wednesday since it is using graphics from the Way Way Back…Nintendo.

We realize that the Ghostman Games might be a little confusing but when you boil it down, it’s a home run derby that uses multipliers (in this case Ghostmen) to help increase scores. However..we hope that this video helps illustrate it a bit better….or at least takes you back to a time when you used to play Super Mario Bros., Baseball Stars and Top Gun on the NES (does anyone remember how hard it was to land a plane on the aircraft carrier on that game…virtually impossible.) We digress, here’s the Ghostman Games video.


The Land of A Warmer Sun

We’ll wrap this edition of the blog with a look at some of the former Curve players of recent years that have been getting some (and making the most of) some time in big league Spring Training games so far for the Pirates. The Bucs have had a pretty good Spring thus far as they are 5-1 entering play today. Here’s a quick rundown of how some recent former Curve have done:

Gregory Polanco 
.333 (5-for-15) , 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Everyone by now knows his name (he’s Baseball America’s #1 Pirates’Prospect) and he’s gotten to see some action in all six games the Bucs have played thus far.
Years with Curve | 2013

Alen Hanson
.333 (3-for-9), 3 R, BB, 2 SB
Hanson, who checks in as the #6 BA Pirates’  prospect going into 2014, had a cup of coffee with the Curve in 2013 and will most likely begin this season in a Curve uniform.
Years with Curve | 2013

Quincy Latimore
.000 (0-for-2), K
Folks might not know but yes indeed, Quincy Latimore, who spent time in Altoona in 2011 and 2012 is back with the Pirates organization. He’s come full circle after being traded in the offseason leading into 2013 for Jeanmar Gomez straight up. Latimore began 2013 with the then Akron Aeros before being released and eventually ended up with the Washington Wild Things before the Pirates picked him back up earlier this year.
Years with Curve | 2011-12

Mel Rojas, Jr.
.500 (2-for-4), HR, 3 RBI
Mel belted a three-run homer that might not have landed yet back on February 27 and finished that game 2-for-2. It will be interesting to see where Rojas is to start the season after having a very solid season in 2013 (especially if you look at his stats after mid-May through the end of the year).
Years with Curve | 2013

Casey Sadler
0-0, 0.00 (1G), 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
Sadler was superb for the Curve all season long last year and was right up there with Jameson Taillon in terms of dependability on the mound. He was 11-7 and had a 3.31 ERA and was named an Eastern League All-Star in 2013 before a comebacker off the inside of his knee at the end of June forced him to miss a month. Sadler got the bump to Triple-A at the end of the season last year and we’d guess that he’d start there this year depending on how other pieces in the organization fall.
Years with Curve | 2013

Zack Thornton
0-0, 6.75 ERA (2 G), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 K
Thornton pitched at three different levels in 2013 between High-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indy and then finished his season up in the Arizona Fall League (0-0, 3.07 ERA in 11 games, 14 K, 14.2 IP). Thornton is and was a strikeout pitcher and could start the year in Indy depending on how his Spring goes.
Years with the Curve | 2013

That’s just a brief look and that’ll end this week’s blog.

Until next week,

Mike
MyHead


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