We attended our first regular season professional baseball game last night as the New Britain Rock Cats hosted the Harrisburg Senators in an early season Eastern League match up. Both teams fielded at least one of their respective organizations top prospects, both outfielders; the Washington Nationals Destin Hood and the Minnesota Twins Aaron Hicks. The two put together completely different nights at the plate.
Hood did absolutely nothing all night going 0-3 with a walk while Hicks had his first double-A home run and drove in 4 on the night. Hicks is said to “reek of tools” as one of my Twitter followers told me after I tweeted Hicks 3-run, third inning blast, but his “production has not been there.” This may be the year he breaks out, we’ll see.
This is not a baseball recap blog, however, this is #NotAFashionBlog, but we do talk about what people are wearing to the ballpark. As we walked up to the ticket window to grab a couple $6 general admission tickets, I was wearing my usual Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils sweatshirt and no hat. On the other hand, my accomplice made a huge mistake by wearing a New York Mets sweatshirt to a game that has no connection to the Mets what-so-ever. The only way we let it fly is that by the end of the night the Mets were 4-0 and we need to give all Mets fans their time to be happy, because we all know it won’t last too much longer.
Usually at a game in central Connecticut you will see a number of Red Sox and Yankees shirts and hats, but for some reason last night I thought I saw much more Yankees gear than any other major league team. A couple jerseys, the generic Jeter and a handful of hats, most of them with the brim still flat. A couple of people were seen wearing Red Sox shirts, jerseys and hats, but not as many as I expected.
The one jacket that actually made sense to be worn at the game last night was a middle-aged man wearing an authentic Washington Nationals dugout jacket. I wanted to ask him if he was an actual fan or why he is a fan, but we discussed it for a second and decided he had to be a fan to spend the money on the jacket and right now would be a fun time to be a Nationals fan, especially with all the big prospects about to make an impact.
The biggest HardBallFashion shocker of the night came from a guy who was with his friends right behind the Senators dugout. One of the guys was wearing the Jeter home jersey, another was wearing a Red Sox jacket and the third was wearing a Rafael Furcal Atlanta Braves jersey. I understand the want to wear something baseball related to a baseball game, especially if you are there with your friends, drinking and having a good time, but Furcal is no longer on the Braves and the Braves are in the N.L. East cellar. That one did not make any sense at all.
Stayed tuned as we continue to keep you updated as to what people are wearing to the ballpark all summer long.