Keys to Interview for Game Day Positions Tuesday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 22nd
Frederick, MD – The Frederick Keys’ annual Job Fair will be held in The Mattress Warehouse Club, located on the suite level at Harry Grove Stadium. The fair will be held on two days: Tuesday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 22nd from 4 – 7 p.m.
Game Day Positions will be hired for the Frederick Keys and Ovations Food Services. If you are unable to attend the Job Fair, applications are available by calling the Keys Front Office at 1-877-8-GO-KEYS or by emailing the Keys at email@example.com.
A list of available positions is below.
Ovations Food Services
- Beer Pourers
- Concession Stand Workers
- Grounds Crew
- Bat Boy
- Fun Zone Attendant
- Sound Operator
- Head Statistician
- Camera Operator
- Ribbon Board Operator
We are well into the planning of all of the promotions, events and more here this offseason and 2012 will hopefully bring more great memories (and another championship) for all those in attendance.
With a new year comes new faces. The Keys added on four more full-timers this offseason. We would like to welcome the newbies – Maggie Dignan (Sponsorship Sales), Alyssa Moore (Group Sales) and Matt Houston (Creative Production). In addition to those three, 2011 Stadium Operations Assistant Travis Watts was brought on full-time as the Stadium Operations Manager. Also, the nine-month assistants that join the Keys are Derek LeComte (Public Relations Assistant), Catherine Larkin (Box Office Assistant) and Joe Welch (Group Sales Assistant). Taking over the responsibility of both the Marketing & Sponsorship assistant position is Bridget McCabe, in her second year with the team. Right off the bat, all of the new employees were introduced to the Orioles fan base at O’s Fanfest in Baltimore. If you missed it, here is a quick walk-around of the event held at the Baltimore Convention Center…
One of the newer features to this blog this offseason will be a look into who may make-up the 2012 Keys. Will Machado and Schoop be turning double-plays again in Frederick? Will we see top pick Dylan Bundy at Harry Grove this season? Here are two players you might see on the field for the Keys in 2012
Glynn Davis, OF Non-drafted Free Agent in 2010. Davis is considered a hidden gem inside the Baltimore Orioles organization. Ranked as the 19th best prospect in the organization by Baseball America, Davis wasn’t even drafted. Signed out of Catonsville Community College after putting up stellar numbers in the junior college ranks, Davis, who was draft eligible, wasn’t taken by anyone despite a big year at Catonsville. Yet after hitting over .400 in the All-American Amateur Baseball Association, a wooden bat summer league featuring college players, the Orioles decided to sign the promising 18 year old. Before shining over the summer in the AAABA, Davis hit .430 with ten homeruns and 35 stolen bases with Catonsville as he was a 3rd Rank Region XX All-American Nominee and the Catonsville Community College Male Athlete of the Year.
After signing, Davis was considered to have top ten round talent by Orioles scouts and he proved them right after an incredible first year. Blowing through the GCL after hitting .435, Davis continued his great play in Aberdeen, hitting .271 with a .337 on-base percentage. His 23 stolen bases were also a team high; he is ranked by Baseball America as the organization’s fastest baserunner. Defensively, Davis was responsible for four double plays from the outfield.
Mychal Givens, SS 2nd Round Draft Pick in 2009. Selected by the Orioles in the second round of the 2009 draft, Givens inked an $800,000 signing bonus moments before the August 15 deadline. After being touted by Baseball America as the Orioles seventh best prospect in 2011, Givens had a disappointing season. Between Delmarva and Aberdeen, Givens hit .243/.318/.290 as his OPS stood at only .608.
Givens battled a thumb injury in 2010, forcing him to miss over two months yet still hit .364 with three homers in eight games with Aberdeen after his return. He was called up to Frederick on the last day of the regular season and went 2-for-4. Overall in 2010, Givens hit .286/.402/.452 in 23 games.
At Plant (FL) High School, he was named the Florida 5A Player of the Year. In his senior year, Givens went 8-4 with 113 strikeouts and hit .374 with four homeruns and drove in 31 runs. In 2009 he received the Jackie Robinson Award, an honor given to the top rising high school senior in the Nation.
That is a wrap for now – make sure to check back for more player previews, promotional hints and more!
Welcome back, Millsy fans! After taking a week to think about what next destination would be super cool to go to, I hit the jackpot. Sure, my previous posts of downtown Frederick and Thanksgiving were cool, but it was time to bring things to the next level. One of the things I liked doing when I was a little trophy, before my cup was fully grown, was going to the zoo and feeding the animals. Although I didn’t get to feed the animals this time around, one almost starting feeding on me! If you haven’t figured it out yet, I got to go to the Catoctin Zoo & Wildlife Preserve. Located approximately 20-30 north of Frederick, this place is the home to some of my favorite creatures!
As you enter the facility, they have a large gift shop for anyone looking to commemorate their zoo trip. From stuffed animals to zoo brochures, there is something for zoo-goers of all ages. The white tiger caught my eye at first since I always enjoyed watching the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a young’n. The Keys employees that accompanied me on this excursion refused to buy the stuffed tiger for me, so they better watch their backs because I have some pranks up my sleeve. Moving right along…
We hopped on a golf cart and stopped in an area that looked like the winter house for a large animal. After walking in, my suspicions were confirmed. It was a freakin giraffe. I am sure not many of you out there can say that you have been this up close with a giraffe, so seeing him coming towards me was a bit frightening. My fears were lessened when his long, rough tongue emerged from him mouth to give me a kiss. Who knew giraffe’s were so friendly? According to the zoo-keepers, they are not always like this…it all depends on how many there are and what gender. All male groups do well together but a group of dominant males and some females…well, that may be trouble. How about another close-up?
The giraffe was named “Rocket”. As you can see here, Rocket is just preparing to lay one on me. Unfortunately, I cannot actually show you the picture of the kiss because then I would have to tell you all what it was like and guys do NOT kiss and tell. We all know that.
What is this blurry animal, you ask? A warthog. Not just any warthog though. This one was named “Pumba” after the character in the Lion King. I don’t think there is one person who has seen that movie and not liked Pumba so i gave him a chance to get a photo-op with me. Maybe he will show Timon and Simba when he returns to Pride Rock. That would be something…
The next stop on the tour was a special visit to the bird of the United States. Sampson, the bald eagle, is a very majestic bird and just being in its presence gave me goosebumps. One of his wings was damaged before the Catoctin Zoo took him in, so he cannot fly too well. Here is a fun fact. You know in movies when they show bald eagles and they make the loud screeching sound? Believe it or not, that is not what they sound like. The sound you hear is normally that of a red-tailed hawk. The bald eagle doesn’t really make that loud of a sound. Don’t tell anyone though, I am sure some people don’t want to figure out that the US bird is not as cool sounding in real life.
I was lucky enough to get a picture with Sampson as he was making one of his bird noises. We hope at some point this baseball season that he will be able to come out to the ballpark during the National Anthem to represent the country. Thanks for letting us visit, buddy!
The final stop on the zoo adventure was to the lion cage. Raised by June, one of the main zoo-keepers in Catoctin, this beautiful animal has been in Maryland for a while. When we first got to the exhibit, June actually was petting the tiger and letting it kiss her. Unreal. At ten years old, the tiger was brought in when it was just a little cub. As you can see, it is not a little cub anymore. It was really unique getting to go this close to a tiger, but one she started licking her lips, I promptly exited. Better to be safe than sorry!
Thanks to the Catoctin Zoo & Wildlife Preserve for letting me do all of this. I should probably get going though…after getting licked by Rocket the giraffe, I need a fresh shining. Until next time, Shake Your Keys!
Through the past couple of weeks, I have shown all of you the adventures that I have been able to take. Unfortunately, this week I was limited because of the rain so I thought it would be a good time to show you one of the best times I had since arriving back in Frederick. What could it be, you ask? Oh, hold onto your socks because Mr. Millsy got the VIP treatment at Camden Yards when the Keys got honored for their championship. The pictures will tell it all, kids.
No matter how big of a deal you are, you have to sign in before entering the field area. I hope someone saved that piece of paper I signed because it is worth millions. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but you never know!
Now batting, Millsy the Carolina League Championship Trophy! The lovely batting circle of the hometown O’s. Many big names, including Cal Ripken, have stepped on this very circle. It wasn’t my lucky day however since I forgot my batting gloves in the Shake Your Keys van. I don’t want to get my sides all blistery. That aside, it was very surreal standing here looking out on beautiful Camden Yards.
Here, I managed to get a photo-op with some of the players. Second basemen Jonathan Schoop, outfielder Steve Bumbry and catcher Jason Stifler are there and so is manager Orlando Gomez. Looking sharp, boys!
Here is a picture of me with the majority of the Keys front office. All of these people have an integral role in making the Keys season a success off of the field, so in retrospect, they deserve a championship for their duties they perform during games. Long hours and endless days can take a toll on you, but not these fine-looking people!
Here I am caught soaking in the atmosphere of a Camden Yards suite. So majestic, so beautiful. Little did everyone know, it was a bad idea to leave those cookies next to me. They were gone before anyone could have any. That can be our little secret though. Moving right along…
This picture doesn’t need much of an explanation. These Hall of Famers put their dedication and passion into O’s baseball every time they stepped onto the diamond. Thank you for your service, boys!
This is the view from the outside part of the suite. What a great scene, eh? Nothing like letting the summer air flow into your nostrils, or large cup, during a night at the ballpark. I got a little feisty after a while here because the cotton candy guy wouldn’t come around. Am I really that intimidating?
Well, that about finishes my night at Camden Yards when the Keys were honored for their Carolina League title. I took advantage of my time there by snapping pictures, eating cookies and of course, grabbing some liquid courage.
Until next time, shake those keys Frederick!
It is very nice to be back in the blogging world after a week off that was filled with food comas and football. I was lucky enough to be able to document my Thanksgiving day and you, my friends, are now lucky enough to read about it. What more could you ask for? I do want to warn you that some of these pictures may have you searching for leftovers immediately. Let’s get started…
In this picture, I am making sure to get the head seat before everyone else sits down. As we all know, this is the most important seat at the dinner table and since I was fresh off of a shining, let’s just say I was lookin’ good and deserved that spot. I made sure to put a candle in the middle of the table to set the mood.
Here is a shot of me anxiously waiting for dinner. Like most of us Turkey Day, I starved myself until dinner so I could run house on everything that was offered without my stomach giving me an issue. Turkey, stuffing, sweet potato pie, green bean casserole…not to mention dessert!
With a meal of this magnitude, we all know that you have to be delicate sometimes. Sure, some of us get so eager and just starting shoving food in our mouths, but I decided to keep it classy. Not only do I have some Chardonnay in my possession but I am sporting an extremely trendy bib. It is Keys colors too. I am sorry to say that there are none of these bibs for sale and mine has been forever stained with cranberry sauce. Tough luck for you!
For your viewing pleasure, here is a more majestic shot of me and the food that I disposed of in just a few minutes. I was so prepared that I didn’t even bother to wait for pie, I got it out with my dinner. This was my third serving by the way. As you can see, the bib did not make it that far.
Finally, after the dinner/dessert festivities were over, it was time for Thanksgiving football. The Cowboys vs. Dolphins game was on at the time of my viewing and it ended up being the best game of the day. Shortly after the games ended, I fell into my food coma and woke up in the Keys front office Monday morning. What a long, delicious food coma it was.
Make sure to check back soon for my next adventure! Where will I go next?
Hey everyone! It’s me, Millsy…the Carolina League Championship Cup! During the 10am staff meeting that the Keys staff had this morning, I managed to rummage through peoples drawers looking for something to help me get out for another adventure. After going through nearly everyone’s desk I had finally found it. The key to the infamous Shake Your Keys van. Not only has this van been all around Maryland but it was also spotted at the Minor League Baseball Promo Seminar in Myrtle Beach. It is a pretty big deal. In short, I stole the Shake Your Keys van for my own personal enjoyment and leisure. Downtown Frederick, here comes Millsy!
My first stop on this trip was the the burial place of Francis Scott Key! For those of you who think that some random dude named the team after his key to his favorite truck, you are wrong. The Keys are named after Mr. Key, the author of the National Anthem. When the anthem is sung before each home game, the sound convenientally echoes to the grave of Francis Scott, which is right across the street from the stadium. What an unexpected historical feature of Frederick, am I right? Not to mention the Keys have a mascot in memory of him. Rest in peace Francis!
Lucky for me (and the city of Frederick), there were no wildfires, house fires or anything going on so I snuck into the downtown fire department for some pics. Each of the fire trucks in Frederick have the American flag across the grill which made for a great modeling moment for yours truly. After posing in front of the truck, I jumped in the drivers seat of this baby. It took me a few jumps and some stretching to actually get up to the seat, but I made it.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to slide down the fire pole, work the hoses or turn the sirens on, but I guess beggers can’t be choosers. Sitting in the driver’s seat was cool enough.
These small cities like Frederick always seem to surprise people. It sounds like such a boring place. I mean what is there to do in western Maryland other than go to a Keys game or twiddle your thumbs? I’ll tell ya what, you can visit the beautiful downtown creek. Right before enter historic downtown Frederick, there is Carroll Creek with a riverwalk area and a bunch of bridges. Above, I am sitting by the creek hoping for some ducks to come by. Sadly, I didn’t bring any bread so I didn’t have much to offer.
Despite my fear of heights, I snapped a picture of me on top of the first bridge on Carroll Creek. It is quite a view. When there are downtown street fairs and happy hours on the creek, you can kayak and paddleboat. Not a bad deal. Since I don’t have feet or hands, boating is not necesscarily my “cup” of tea. Pun intended, kids.
With time ticking away on my adventure, I swung by the Weinberg Center for the Arts downtown. The Weinberg has plenty of shows for people of all ages, whether it is opera, a comedian or an orchestra performance. Here you see me at the ticket booth trying to get some tickets for the midnight showing of Twilight, but apparently it was the wrong venue and the movie theater had been sold out for weeks. Fooey!
Well, I hope you liked the latest edition of my adventures. Make sure to stay tuned to this blog for my next post. Where will I be seen next? I feel like Carmen Sandiego. Anyways, until then, feel free to stop on in and take a picture with me and Skake Your Keys! Only 138 days until Opening Day!
It has been four long years of waiting, but I have finally returned. Yes, my name is Millsy and as you can see, just a little under two months ago, the Frederick Keys hoisted me into the air in celebration. After defeating Kinston in the Carolina League Championship Series, the Keys have given me the chance to return home to Frederick. Although I have come back to the town that I have enjoyed so much, it has been lonely sitting in the office since September 16th, when the Keys won the title. No players around, everyone working hard for next year and me just sitting up for show on the front counter. No one has come to see me! What am I, chop liver? I think not! I took it upon myself to escape the inner sanctums of the Keys front office to go on adventures of my own around Frederick and now you get the chance to see them!
My first photo-op was right inside the front gates of the Harry Grove stadium. Waving in the breeze was none other than the championship banner. After I got over my goosebumps, I found myself a table and hopped up for a picture with the banner. It is a beautiful sit to see myself and the flag back where it should be. After all, what could be better than coming back to a city that is the hometown to Top Chef brothers and the burial site of the National Anthem author, Francis Scott Key? Nothing. That’s what.
The next stop for me was the press box. Although the voices of Frederick Keys Baseball, Adam Pohl & Tim Murray, were not in their home booth to call the championship winner, I felt like I needed to slip into their shoes to fully experience what it felt like to sport some pretty large headphones. I totally would advise fast food restaurants to invest in these, they are much more comfy than the filthy, rough earpieces they deal with now. What a view it is from this press box onto the field.
After taking in the view from the radio booth, it was time for me to revisit the field that had been the home for such great players this season. Bobby Bundy, Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and others battled teams across the league all year on this field and I gave myself a fourth row seat here for all of the action. If you ask me, I look very good in orange.
Conveniently enough for me, during my next stop, there was a nice stool with a black cover set out on the field waiting to be used for modeling. The smell of the fresh-cut green grass filled the air as I looked upon the field view at Harry Grove. It is tough to see the stadium without fans, but groundskeeper Tex keeps the field in tip-top condition during the offseason so the champs have good stuff to play on next season.
Sure, being on the field is cool, but I needed my paparazzi to get a picture of me on top of one of these tables for the full scene. Yes, I know the field is mowed very nicely but my shiny silver coat really sparkles well in the Harry Grove backdrop.
The last stop on my adventure around the stadium was the Keys locker room. At first, the door was locked, but I snuck into the stadium operations office and snagged the key without anyone noticing. I mean, who is going to give me a hard time anyway? I am Millsy, not just some trophy. After pushing the door open to the clubhouse, I decorated one of the lockers with bats, uniforms, jackets and baseball and put on my best pose.
I got so comfortable in the locker room setting, that I eventually ended up falling asleep right there. That was a foolish move on my part because the next morning, I was found by Keys staff spending the night in the clubhouse. Oops. Next time, I will have to make sure to get back to the front office before anyone knows I am gone.
Until the next time I find an escape route for my next adventure, feel free to come on by and snap a photo with me, Millsy the Carolina League Championship Cup!
Dear Frederick Keys Fan:
You may have heard that the Orioles are bringing back “Orioles Dream Week” after a four-year absence. It will be held January 29-February 4, 2012, in Sarasota. We couldn’t be happier that the Orioles are resurrecting the camp, which is expected to incorporate a different theme each year, beginning with the 20th anniversary of Camden Yards and bringing back a number of players from the 1992 team, including Brady Anderson, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Joe Orsulak, Leo Gomez and others.
As a “thank you” to those of you who have been long time fans of the Keys and Orioles, we have agreed to extend a 10 percent discount to those participants joining us this winter. That is a reduction of nearly $420 off the price and includes transportation, lodging and the reunion game at Camden Yards next summer.
We hope you’re as excited as we are and will join us inSarasota. The attached flyer has sign-up details. For more information, call Steve Freeman at the Orioles at410-547-6063or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fans await the opening of gates for Voltink. Night
You could smell it in the air. Old bay popcorn. Buttermilk fried chicken. Fancy food not even I can pronounce. The band stage was brought in early and set up for the entertainment. Staff members from Volt arrived at Harry Grove Stadium early in the afternoon to prepare. Hundreds of programs and menus were fresh off the presses ready to go for all those in attendance. Everything that had to be done was done and finally, the night was underway.
The first event on this list prior to gates opening was a media session with Bryan and Michael. The brothers answered question from the media for approximately 20 minutes befor heading back to their respective stands to continue cooking. Media from the Frederick News-Post, Gazette, Baltimore Sun and Washinton Post were in attendance to cover this great event. After Bryan and Mike answered questions, the media was treated to some food sampling. Nothing like high quality grilled chesse and tomato soup, amazing looking chili and a bacon cheddar burger to get a good night started…
Shortly after the media frenzy was over, gates opened to the public as lines quickly filled up at the concessions and cookbooks were flying off the shelves like milk and bread in a snowstorm. With three different concession stands open, fans of the Voltaggio brothers had plenty of options when it came to trying different things. Not only that, but the most expensive thing on the menu was $7 (Lobster Roll). If you weren’t feeling too risky with certain foods you’ve never tried, Bacon Cheddar Burgers and Grilled Chesse with Tomato Soup was a nice alternative. Lines were consistently filled for the majority of the event…
While the lines were packed with hungry fans, Bryan and Michael had something else going on. From 7 until about 9:30, the brothers signed their cookbook for any fan who bought one that night. After all, the event was to celebrate the early release of it so why not sign them for two and a half hours? I can’t imagine what my hand would feel like after signing hundreds and hundreds of books, but I guess knowing how to cook pretty well comes with a territory.
With any large event that draws about 1,700 people from the surrounding area, entertainment was needed. Filling that role were local favorites, The Regal Beagles Yacht Rock Band and Blatant 80′s. Not knowing what to expect myself, I was pleasantly surprised by the performances. Both bands played covers for the most part and fans got into it. I mean, seriously…the first band had congos and a saxophone. It was good stuff.
Other than the bands, Keyote was in the house for the kids posing for photo-ops and pulling off some goofy shenanigans. The other aspect of this event was kickball. For those of you who don’t know, FACKA (Frederick Adult Co-Ed Kickball Association) is a well known organization around town and they had two games played on Tuesday, including East vs. West with Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. The kickball was such a big deal, the National Anthem was sung. Hardcore stuff right here..
As you can see…the kickball was indeed a big deal. Overall, the 2nd annual Volt Night was a success! The staff stayed until about 12:30am to help get the stage off of the field. Manual labor at its finest. Here is one more picture I liked. It was snapped around 5pm, when Bryan and his crew were beginning to cook.
Thanks to all who attended and to our paparazzi’s, Barb Freund and Bridget McCabe. Well done!
Keys shortstop Manny Machado and second basemen Jonathan Schoop pose for the camera
As the calendar changes from August to September in a few days, the Keys gear up for their last seven games of the season on the road. This comes after the last regular season home stand of the year. It was another seven game span at home for the Keys but this time we played seven games in six days. While the action on the field was super hot, the odd plethora of weather during the week was all over the place. Despite the weather, the home stand was successful with Boys and Girls Club Night, a special Sunday double header and much more.
The Keys are having an amazing season and the last home stand had its share of big moments, major accomplishments and unexpected weather phenomena. Monday night the Keys welcomed the Kinston Indians to town for the first of a four game weekday series. It was the last kids eat free night of the year, so kids 12 and under got to enjoy a hot dog, chips, and a drink free for the last Monday game until next season. On the field, the Keys started strong and got the victory to start the week. This win was particularly special because our manager, Orlando Gomez, became the winningest manager in Keys history. After the game,Orlandowas interviewed briefly on the field and the crowd cheered for him on this special night.
It would be tough to top this milestone that was reached Monday night, but Tuesday was another night and another chance for the fans to see great action at the Grove. Before we could get to the game that night, the east coast was stunned and shook up by an earth quake. The earthquake, which measured in at 5.9, hit the east coast and hit Frederick a little before two in the afternoon. For the staff here at the Keys, no one knew what was going on for that brief time when things were shaking and rumbling. Things calmed down after that and the game that night when on as planned. Tuesday night was Boys and Girls Club Night and they had a lot of people come to the Grove for the occasion. Despite the Keys offense going quiet and the losing the game, everyone that came out still had a good time.
The day after the earthquake the Keys organization decided to knock the price down on a general admission ticket to $5.90 in honor of the quake. Then all fans that made it out to the game were given a certificate that stated they survived the Earthquake of August 2011. We were happy that so many of our fans survived the Earthquake and were able to come out to the Grove that night. It was believed that the vigorous shaking of keys from our fans during the season triggered the quake, but this was never proven. Thursday night marked the end of the series with Kinston and the Keys won the series with a win to send Kinston home in despair. It was another solid night at the Grove and we were gaining steam approaching the weekend.
Now it was time for the weekend and Friday night was looking like a gorgeous evening and the Grove was the place to be. The Potomac Nationals were coming in and they are chasing us for first place in the second half. Friday night was Art in the Park Night and we were giving away Manny Machado posters. As part of art in the park, the Keys wore special yellow and black jerseys and for one night they were the bumble keys. There were several areas in the park where artists were set up with easels. Also we had a special music performance in the fun zone before the game with a local artist. Then during the game we had a table set up where fans could bid on the bumble keys jerseys. The jerseys were a big hit and most jerseys received several bids, the biggest was that of O’s #1 prospect, Manny Machado. It was a tight contest between the Nationals and Keys and it took extra innings to find a winner. Unfortunately the Keys suffered the loss but a majority of the huge crowd stayed for the whole game and extra innings. This was the second largest crowd of the season and all of our wonderful fans that stayed for all thirteen innings were treated to fireworks. When the last of the big crowd has left the stadium it was in the eleven o’ clock hour and it was time for another fun night of fireworks cleanup. Despite our staff being drained and tired, we worked feverishly to pick up the debris and we were done shortly after midnight.
Next for the Keys was Saturday night and it was supposed to be NFL night. As the staff arrived at the stadium that morning, it was gloomy and windy since Hurricane Irene was on her way. I was out on two appearances that day, one at the Frederick Town Mall and one at the fairgrounds. The second one was cut short because of the rain that was pounding Frederick. Another employee and I headed back to the Grove to find out that due to constant rain and winds that were going to be in the area all day, the game was going to be postponed. It was to be made up as a doubleheader Sunday starting at 1:00. It was a shame to have to cancel a game on a Saturday. That meant no fireworks for Keys fans, but the rain is unpredictable and cannot be controlled. Our front office staff did our best to reach out to all our fans to let them know that we were going to have two games Sunday and we would accommodate them the best we could. With no game that night, the Keys staff was free to go home and wait out the hurricane before we had to come back to work Sunday ready for the twinbill.
Finally, just as quickly as the season had started, it was Sunday August 28th, the last regular season game at home. It would seem fitting after a turbulent first month in April that we end it with a doubleheader. The sun came out and a good crowd showed up to see two games for the price of one. These were seven inning contests and there would be a 30 minute break between them for the field to get worked on by our grounds crew. There were a lot of birthday parties at the grove that day and many children out to enjoy the last Dick’s Sporting Goods Sunday Funday of the year. The Keys fell in game one but bounced back and won game two to salvage a split in the doubleheader. Despite the split, Potomac ended up winning the series two to one. Washington Nationals catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was rehabbing with Potomac and he caught five innings in the second game. The win for the Keys was win number 79; this ties the mark for most wins by a Keys team. The Keys look to win that illustrious 80th game as they go toKinston and Wilmington over the next week.
This 2011 Keys regular season was a great one for me as an assistant getting my first taste of a full year in minor league baseball. I am excited as is everyone that the Keys are in the playoffs and hope that we can win the Mills Cup this year. I would like to thank our wonderful fans for a great season and look forward to seeing them at the Grove on Wednesday Sept 7th and Thursday September 8th. As we all get ready for the playoff run have a good week and Shake Your Keys!!