The Keys are Back!

Good Morning Keys Fans!

Well after more than a week the Keys are back! The team returns from a seven-game road trip to Myrtle Beach and Potomac, where the Keys saw the top 2 teams in the Carolina League. Frederick held its own against the Pelicans, earning a four-game split. However the historic confines of Pfitzner Stadium were not as kind, with the P-Nats taking two of the three games.

The good news is that the orange and black won’t have to wait long for another crack at Potomac, who returns on Monday night. In the meantime, the Keys will get their second look at the Winston-Salem Dash. So far, Frederick is UNDEFEATED against the boys from the Triad, thanks to a three-game sweep down at BB&T Ballpark (the team’s first road sweep since May 2013).

Over the three days, Frederick got lockdown relief pitching (9IP/1ER), plenty of offense (14 runs), and some help from Winston-Salem’s defense (eight errors) to broom the Dash on their home turf.

Defensively, Winston-Salem has made some strides. Until making a pair of errors yesterday, the Dash made only one defensive miscue over five games. The team has also gotten great production out of Courtney Hawkins. Back in the Carolina League after a rocky 2013, Hawkins has turned the page in a big way. He leads the league in RBIs (30) and is tied for second in home runs (7). He has helped fill the void left by Tim Anderson. Rated the N0. 3 prospect in the White Sox system according to Baseball America, the shortstop has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a left shoulder injury.

Speaking of injuries, the Baltimore Orioles got some good news on in regards to Matt Wieters. The O’s catcher will NOT need Tommy John surgery and should be able to DH while he takes some time off behind the plate. In turn, it has meant a long-awaited dream has finally come true for Caleb Joseph. A player that has more than paid his dues, Joseph made his MLB debut behind the plate on Tuesday after starting the year at Triple-A Norfolk.

Congratulations Caleb. Read more about how the 27-year-old learned he was joining the Orioles.

Moving off the field, we’ve had some great promotions at the Grove this season, and we’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg. Personally, I’ve enjoyed Hockey Day and Star Wars Day the most. I mean, it’s not everyday that Slapshot pays you a visit…

Slapshot visits

Don’t worry. No blood was shed. And whatever punishment Doug received was fully deserved. After all, you shouldn’t go waving a Devils towel in front of the Caps mascot…

Alright enough of the old, it’s time for a look at this homestand’s promotional calendar!

Thursday night should be plenty of fun, as not only are YOU invited, but so is your favorite canine friend. That’s right, it’s BARK IN THE PARK NIGHT! Presented by CARE Veterinary Centers, we hope you and your dogs will join us for a fun night of baseball.  There will be a pre-game dog parade, doggie photo booth AND a special postgame dog/owner base run.

That leads right into Family Fitness Weekend which begins on Friday night. Over three days, Toothman Orthodontics will be sponsoring a number of fun giveaways. That includes a t-shirt  for the first 1,000 kids on Friday, as well as a fireworks extravaganza after the game!

Saturday should also be a blast. Starting at 2 p.m., there will be a pre-game Roller Derby Bout, as the Key City Roller Derby comes to town. Even if I could hypothetically roller skate, there is NO WAY I’d mess with any of these girls:

Should be a ton of fun. Saturday’s game will be at 6:00 p.m. and will also feature postgame fireworks.

Then on Sunday, bring your mom out for Mother’s Day! There will be a special Mother’s Day Brunch in the Mattress Warehouse Club and plenty more surprises throughout the day. After the game, there will also be a 1K Fun Run, as well as a water bottle giveaway courtesy of Toothman Orthodontics.

Word is that Doug Raftery will be partaking in the Fun Run after the game. So if you hear only me on the postgame show, that would be why…

One final note about Sunday: we will be collecting baseballs/softballs/gloves/bats/whiffleballs/etc…in support of Baseball Miracles, a non-profit organization which provides equipment and training to children across the globe who would otherwise not be able to play baseball. All of Sunday’s donations will go towards the group’s upcoming trip to Kenya this fall. As an added incentive, fans that bring a piece of new/used equipment will receive a free general admission ticket to Sunday’s game.

One of the individuals that will be visiting Kenya this fall, is the Keys’ Director of Marketing, Bridget McCabe. A former softball player herself, Bridget serves as the organization’s Softball Coordinator.

All in all, it should be a fun week. Hope to see you at the Grove!

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

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