Christmas Eve in July at The Hive

Your Bees made it two wins in a row — a nice present for the more than 1,000 fans who came out for our annual Christmas Eve in July.

Starter Mario Santiago, who has been dealt some hard-luck losses, picked up his first win in nearly three months, improving his record to 2-7. Catcher Matt Morizio got his first three-hit game of the season, homering and driving in a pair. Outfielders Joe Dickerson and Jamar Walton extended their hitting streaks, now at 17 and 14 games, respectively.

Off the field, it was a pretty good night, too. The ballpark looked the most festive it ever has for Christmas Eve in July, thanks to the hard work of our interns. This was also thanks in large part to Russell and Pam White, who were nice enough to lend us a few of their more than 100 Christmas inflatables. Even in July, it’s hard to not get in the spirit of the holidays when you’re greeted at the main gate by a 12-foot-tall blow-up Santa. We also need to thank the Burlington Kiwanis club for being a big part of this fun night.

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For the second year in a row, this group from Skiatook (Oklahoma) Church of Christ made a Bees game part of their mission-trip activities while visiting the area.

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Handing out Jelly Bellys, summer-style Santa was popular with our fans.

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These children unwrapped presents on the field in a holiday-themed twist to the Napoli’s Pizza-Box Race.

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Just one night after the season’s first perfect game in the Hamburger Helper Skillet Game (by Austin and Devin, pictured with last night’s fan photos), Nick and Zach repeated the feat, giving us back-to-back three-for-three performances.

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