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A Hog at Harry Grove Stadium

*WEDNESDAY UPDATE: The hog snouts have arrived. Be one of the first 600 in the gates to get yours Saturday, then meet the Hog himself, Joe Jacoby.

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Get your sundresses, wigs and garden hats ready. We’ll provide the pig noses (to the first 600 fans).

Yes, former Hog and Washington Redskins great Joe Jacoby will be in attendance for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Potomac, which will serve as our annual Salute to the Gridiron Night. He’ll be signing autographs from about 6-8 that night and all Hogettes (see picture above) are more than welcome to attend.

As I mentioned in the second sentence of this post, we’ll be giving away free hog snouts to the first 600 fans in the gates, which open at 5 p.m. More on Joe Jacoby below and you can get your tickets here. Read the press release here.

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*If you need a Joe Jacoby reminder, it’s probably best to start with the what is maybe the greatest play in Redskins history:

It’s 1983, 4th and 1 in the 4th Quarter of Super Bowl XVII and the Redskins trail 17-13. The play call, “70 Chip,” a handoff to John Riggins right behind Jacoby, the left tackle:

Note how Jacoby blows his man off the line and flattens him, clearing the way as the rest of the ‘Skins hold their blocks. A good article on the play was published last in 2012 in The Sporting News. Jacoby’s quote in the story:

“I didn’t know (Riggins scored) until I looked up and saw him down in the end zone, because I was in the bottom of the pile in the mass of humanity that was all piled up there,” Jacoby says.

More footage of Jacoby and the Hogs blasting holes in the Dolphins’ defensive front.

*Things to know about Joe Jacoby:

  • He went undrafted out of Louisville in 1981 and signed with the Redskins as a free agent that year
  • An offensive tackle for essentially his entire career, Jacoby played all 13 years with Washington, winning Super Bowls in 1983, 1988 and 1992
  • He was selected to the NFL Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons (1983-86) as a left tackle
  • Named an All-Pro in ’83 and ’84
  • Selected to the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team
  • One of 45 players, coaches and owners that have been inducted into the Redskins Ring of Fame at FedEx Field
  • Nickname during playing days was “Jake”
  • One of the original five Washington offensive linemen that became known as The Hogs, a dominant, bruising group that cleared the way for the Redskins’ rushing attack and protected quarterbacks Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien in the early ’80s through the early ’90s
  • Jacoby helped lead the way on John Riggins’ iconic touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII, in which the Redskins set a Super Bowl rushing record, one they would break five years later in Super Bowl XXII
  • Retired from the NFL in 1993 and currently coaches the offensive line at John Handley High School in Winchester, Va.\

*Did you know that after 30 years, the Hogettes retired in January?

See you Saturday. Shake your Keys. And Hail.

We need more dogs!

As stated in the video above, we need more dogs!

Tonight is the final Dog Day of Summer at Harry Grove Stadium, your last chance this season to bring your pooch to the park. Give us a call at 301-815-9906 to register and make sure to have your rabies tag certification number handy.

If you don’t swing by for tonight’ s 7 p.m. game against Wilmington, you’ll miss out on all of this:

Doggy fashion

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Belly rubbing

And butt sniffing

Also, Keys baseball. Watch Johnny Ruettiger get creative and tie up last night’s game in the eighth.

Keyote gets a birthday card

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Keyote had a great time celebrating his birthday Sunday afternoon with a whole cast of his mascot buddies.

Today, he received a belated Happy Birthday from Chloe in New Market. He took a break from reviewing Keys stats at his desk to open it:

Thanks, Chloe!

Rounding the Bases with Chaz Packan: Michael Ohlman Q&A

Michael Ohlman hit his 12th homer of the season in Monday's win at Winston-Salem.

Michael Ohlman leads active Keys with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs.

On Thursday, July 18,  I had the chance to sit down with Keys catcher Michael Ohlman for a “Keys Q & A” for this week’s edition of Rounding the Bases.

Chaz Packan: How do you feel about playing in the Australian Baseball League last winter?

Michael Ohlman: “It was fantastic the whole experience and the culture were amazing, I got setup with a great host family and the guys on the team were great”.

CP: What has been your key to success at the plate this season so far?

MO:  “Not getting myself out and getting good pitches to hit”.

CP: What was your first reaction to being drafted by the Orioles in 2009?

MO:  “It was one of the best feelings I have ever had, I had a chance to attend Miami which is a great school but I have no regrets.”

CP:  What Was Your Favorite MLB Team Growing Up?

MO:  “At first I was an Atlanta Braves fan because there was no teams in Florida, then the Rays came and I became a Tampa Bay Rays fan”.

 

Not A Good Night To Be A Sauce Packet

At Harry Grove Stadium, we have the running of the sauce packets brought to you by Taco Bell.  In Monday night’s game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, it is safe to say that the packets were… not on their game.

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Our intern Jeff Kurkjian, needless to say, jinxed the entire operation when he tweeted out the following:

He was joined by our other interns, Kevin and Kyler, who shared in the excitement but no could have guess what happened next. The packets first start off in the wonderful city of Frederick and race to Harry Grove Stadium.

That is when things began to go south. The hot sauce, was taken out of the race early with a little bit of an altercation with the fence…

*Video courtesy of Thomas Walker.

So with just two packets left in the race it, it was tied till the very end.  The mild and the fire sauce got down to a few feet when the unexpected happened.

The mild sauce ended up on top in one of the strangest Taco Bell Sauce races in the history of Harry Grove Stadium.

Tuesday, the Keys went into extra innings and the sauces ran again.  Our interns, Jeff and Kyler, got redemption by NOT falling on their faces.  Jeff, dressed in the hot sauce ended up on top, redeeming his pathetic performance from the night before.

Come on out to the Grove to this Saturday to see the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo at  7p.m. Odds are it will be even better than Monday’s ill-fated sauce debacle.

Betemit returns for second rehab stint

*MONDAY UPDATE: Betemit will return to Harry Grove Stadium to continue his rehab tonight at 7 p.m. Get your tickets here.

From the press release:

“Betemit hit .261 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 40 RBIs for the Orioles last season, his first with club, while primarily playing third base. He went 3-for-9 with three RBIs playing for the Keys on Aug. 12 and 13 against Myrtle Beach. He then played five games with Double-A Bowie and batted .353 (6-for-17) with three RBIs and four walks. Betemit began his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on August 6, playing in five games and batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and three RBIs.”

Wilson Betemit, who suffered a pretty severe knee sprain on March 25, rehabbed in Frederick against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Monday, Aug. 12 and Tuesday, Aug. 13 and went 3-for-9 with three RBIs. If you want to see the injury, Watch it here, but be warned, it’s a little bit ugly. More on Betemit here.

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You can check him out taking BP before Monday’s game below:

Monday’s game – -1-for-5, two strikeouts

In his first two at-bats, Betemit went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

With runners on first and second base with no outs, Betemit strikes out on a check swing in his third at-bat of the game.

After the seventh inning stretch, Betemit comes to the plate with two outs and singles to left on the first pitch.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Keys down 6-4, Betemit grounds out to the second baseman.

Tuesday’s game — 2-for-4, three RBIs

Betemit grounds out in his first at-bat against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:

And if you didn’t see it the first time, check out this angle from the press box.

In his second at-bat, Betemit singled in two runs in the bottom of the second inning, increasing Frederick’s lead to four runs.

Once again, here’s another angle of the at-bat:

Similar to his first at-bat, his third plate appearance resulted in a ground ball to the second baseman.

In his fourth at-bat, Betemit singles to right driving in another Keys run. He has three RBIs on the night:

How many hot dogs can you eat?

It’s back. The Keys annual celebration of baseball’s most popular protein returns to Harry Grove Stadium this evening — 50-Cent Hot Dog Night.
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Hot dog consumption begins when gates open at 6 p.m. for tonight’s 7 p.m. game against the Mudcats. The question that remains: How many can you eat?

Are you a lightweight?

Or a champion?

Before answering, some inspiring videos:

And for the ladies:

Keys to be on O’s pregame show today

*Watch the interview with Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood here.

*From the MASN O’s Xtra set:

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From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

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What are you doing this afternoon?

Well, at 3, stop doing it, find a TV and turn on MASN to watch Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood.

Ohlman, the Keys power-htting catcher, leads the team and is among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.302/.404/.535).

Berry, a left-hander, has been on a roll since the all-star break, going 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in eight starts. He’s 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA on the season.

And Hobgood, the Orioles’ first-round pick in 2009, joined the Keys in mid-July. In his first season since shoulder surgery sidelined him for all of last year, Hobgood has pitched well in three of his four outings with the Keys. He piggy-backed on Trent Howard’s start yesterday and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and fanning four.

This is Hobgood’s introduction at Camden Yards back in ’09

So, at 3 p.m., watch MASN. Shake your Keys.

Steve Pearce Rehabs In Frederick

Steve Pearce is the first Baltimore to rehab with the Frederick Keys this season. He has been out since June 21 with sore wrists. He plans to play all three games of this home stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats and will bat second and play first base in tonight’s lineup. Check out the official press release on Pearce’s visit to Frederick here.

*Fun facts about Pearce at Harry Grove Stadium from out broadcaster, Tim Murray.

In other transactions news, Keys catcher, Zane Chavez, has been activated from the disabled list and will bat fourth as the designated hitter in tonight’s lineup. He was placed on the DL on June 14 due to an oblique strain.

*The Keys went 16 innings against the Salem Red Sox on Friday night.  Thanks to Michael Ohlman, the Keys finished their road trip with a win.

On their last road trip, the Keys went .500 winning three of their six games.  The final game against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Keys face the Hillcats at home tonight at 7pm.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Jason Esposito has been a silent killer for the Keys in the month of July. He is batting .312 this month with four doubles and 17 RBIs in addition playing both corners of the diamond. He will bat in the sixth position tonight where is hitting .299 with two home runs and 16 RBIs this season.

Wager

Brady Wager is set to start in tonight’s game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.  Wager is 2-4 this season with a 4.86 ERA.  He has lost all four of his home starts this season.

*Speaking of Keys starters, Tim Murray sat down Zach Clark last week to talk some Keys baseball.

*Tim Murray also sat down with Lex Rutledge on July 25, just a day after he was promoted from Class-A Delmarva.

*Have you voted for Keyote yet as the best mascot in the Carolina League? Do it now!

*Don’t forget to take out poll and follow us on Twitter.

Howard to the hill as Keys try to bounce back

Before we get to tonight, let’s quickly recap last night, which wasn’t pretty for the Keys in Salem.

A seven-run Salem fourth turned a 4-3 lead into a 10-3 deficit and led to an eventual 13-9 loss. The last time the Keys led was on Jason Esposito’s two-run jack in the top of the fourth. Let’s take a listen:

*More on last night in the game story on FrederickKeys.com

Howard

As for tonight’s game, Trent Howard takes the mound 13 days since he last pitched. He held Carolina scoreless and allowed just one hit and no walks over five innings against Carolina on July 12, a game the Keys won 1-0. As a starter, Howard is 0-0 with a 3.25 ERA in seven starts. As a reliever, Howard is 3-0 with a save, a 0.62 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 29 innings.

With Julio Rodriguez being placed on the DL on Tuesday, Howard could claim a rotation spot, especially if he continues pitching so well. More on everything Keys vs. Red Sox in tonight’s game notes:

*In other Keys news, the Orioles announced that they’ve signed Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez and will assign him to Frederick.

More on that from The Sun and MASN:

*Keys catcher Michael Ohlman wants fans to help him choose his walk-up song when the Keys return home Monday. Vote in this blog post. The choices:

You can vote here, too:

*While you’re in the voting mood, vote for Keyote in MiLB’s Mascot Mania. Vote on MiLB.com by clicking here and via twitter by tweeting/retweeting any tweet with #mascotmania and @FrederickKeys in it. For example:

*Those two were winners of our #VoteKeyote giveaways today. Here’s what they won:

*Keep your eyes peeled to twitter for more #VoteKeyote giveaways tomorrow.

*And our Former Key Highlight of the Day: Look at ’04-05 Key Jim Johnson shut the door on the Yankees in game two of the ALDS.

Shake your Keys.

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