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:
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:
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!
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.
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!
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:
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:
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!
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!
Another good crowd showed up at The Hive Monday night to see the Bees win 2-1 in 11 innings. 1,602 fans witnessed Bees’ outfielder David Lough drive in the winning run in the 11th inning.
The Bees head on the road to Kane County through Friday and then return home Saturday, July 5th at 6:30 against Clinton. The game will feature a big fireworks show after the game thanks to J&M Displays and Catfish Bend Casino. Hope to see everyone here!