Archive for July, 2008

Bees are on a Roll

July 26, 2008

In case you haven’t noticed, your Bees are in second place right now and only 1 1/2 games out of first. Make sure to come out and cheer them on as they make their push towards the playoffs.

The Bees start a 3-game series at South Bend today and will return home Tuesday to take on the Dayton Dragons. Tuesday and Wednesday will be our Flood Relief Nights at The Hive. All general admission seating for both nights is absolutely FREE! You can’t beat that. If you’re one of the many affected by the floods (or if you know of anyone) we hope you can come out and enjoy these two nights with us.

We’ll also be having silent auctions on Tuesday and Wednesday to help raise money for the flood victims in the area. Some of the autographed items to be auctioned off are: Ryne Sandberg jersey and bat, George Brett ball, David DeJesus bat, and Bees team bats and balls. Also, Bees’ players and coaches will be sporting special jerseys those nights and, you the fans, can own one of these jerseys. We’ll be auctioning off all jerseys worn those two nights.

Please help us spread the word about these two nights. We hope to see you there!

For more information on the Flood Relief Nights, go to our website.


Christmas Eve in July

July 26, 2008

Thursday night felt more like October than July, but that didn’t stop anyone from having fun on our annual Christmas Eve in July Night. The ballpark was decorated and your favorite Christmas songs were played all night to get everyone in the festive spirit. Even Santa Claus made an appearance at the ballpark. Some shots from that night:

A Special Guest at Community Field

July 24, 2008

Former Royals 3rd Basemen Joe Randa is making a short stop in Burlington through Thursday to work with some of the infielders. Randa, who played 12 years in the Major Leagues (eight with the Royals), was a very solid hitter at the plate, but really excelled in the field. In 2003, Randa set the Kansas City Royals’ team record for the most consecutive errorless games by a third baseman, going 75 games without an error.

It’s always great to see former players working with the young prospects, and we’re glad to have him here at The Hive!

Here is Randa working with Bees’ 2nd basemen Johnny Giavotella before Wednesday’s game:

A Veteran Honored on Sunday

July 21, 2008

Mr. Dale Carter, a Montrose resident, was honored on the field before Sunday’s game. What a great moment it was. Mr. Carter had served his country in World War II but, by mistake, was not given the proper medals that he deserved for his service.

Congressman Dave Loebsack was on hand to give a short presentation, and then awarded Mr. Carter eight medals including the Purple Heart. It was a very moving ceremony and we thank all of our veteran and current military who help protect this great country!

It was an exciting Sunday as the Bees shutout West Michigan 6-0. Even with the heat, everyone had a great time!

One of our Baseball Buddies from the Danville Bears runs out with Kyle Martin during the starting lineups.

With the hot temperatures, the Wet Zone was the place to be!

Jimmy Buffett Night

July 21, 2008

Saturday was Jimmy Buffett Night at The Hive. We gave the concourse area a “paradise” theme, played Jimmy Buffett music all night long, and ended the night with a Cheeseburger-in-Paradise Eating Contest sponsored by Mann’s McDonald’s.

We had eight contestants for the cheeseburger eating contest.

Defending Champion, Brian Hopkins blew away the competition this year to win once again. He recieved some great prizes courtesy of Sunny 97.7. One of our interns, Mike Schulte (or the Human Stomach as TC likes to call him) finished in second place. And third place went to Keith Lighting.

Congrats to all who participated and thanks to everyone who helped make it a great night!

Maintaining the field at The Hive

July 16, 2008

There is no doubt, the Bees and Community Field have one of the best playing surfaces in the Midwest League. To keep the field looking great takes a lot of time and hard work. Head groundskeeper TJ Brewer and his staff put in countless hours to maintain the field. Keep up the good work TJ!

Staff Trip to Kansas City

July 14, 2008

Our staff made the annual trip to Kansas City this past weekend to see the Royals play against the Seattle Mariners. Kauffman Stadium is a beautiful facility and will be even better when the renovations are finished next season.

On Friday, former Bees Luke Hochevar out-pitched Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in a 3-1 Royals win. Saturday was an up-and-down game, as the Royals got off to an early 3-0 lead, but the Mariners put a 4-spot on the board in the 6th inning to take the lead. It didn’t look good for the Royals in the 9th until, with 2 outs, Billy Butler walked and then David DeJesus hit the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for a dramatic Royals win. Royals 2nd basemen Mark Grudzielanek collected his 2,000th career hit in the game on Saturday.

Here are some shots from the games and our tour of Kauffman Stadium:

The view of both Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium from our hotel.

Former Bees pitcher Luke Hochevar warming up in between innings. You can clearly see him on the massive new high definition scoreboard in center field.

We were lucky enough to go on a small tour of Kauffman Stadium Saturday. Here we’re in the visiting dugout checking out the field.

The George Brett statue outside the stadium.

Bees End Home Stand with a BIG Win

July 8, 2008

After two disapointing losses to Clinton, your Bees crushed the LumberKings Monday night 15-0. They now head on the road for three games at Great Lakes, three at Lansing and three at Quad Cities before returning home Saturday, July 19th. Come relax at Community Field that night as it will be Jimmy Buffett Night!

Some shots from Monday’s game:

These two young ladies threw out the cermonial first pitches the only way they know how.

Bart doing a great job selling programs!

A new on-field contest, these two are seeing who can get dressed into uniform the fastest.

Attack of the Mayflies! Mayflies were out everwhere Monday night making a mess around the ballpark, including on the concourse.

A Great Night for Fireworks

July 6, 2008

A big crowd showed up at Community Field Saturday night for the big Fireworks Extravaganza. Unfortunately, the Bees lost 13-1. However, the nearly 2,000 in attendance still had a great time!

The stands were full!

All three of the sack race participants fell down at the finish line.

A view of the new 1st base dugout group area.

Mike Moustakas takes a cut at a pitch.


July 2, 2008

Nearly 100 kids participated in the YMCA Camp held last Friday and Saturday mornings. Bees’ players and coaches did a great job organizing the camp. Young baseball and softball players were able to learn the fundamentals of the game while having lots and lots of fun!

Here are some shots from the event. We hope all the kids had a great time! I know the players enjoyed it!

Catcher Ryan Eigsti shows these young players how to give the sign to the pitcher.

Pitcher Joe Augustine teaches the fundamentals of pitching.

These Little Leaguers are learning the proper way to catch a fly ball in the outfield.