Greetings from the press box at PNC Park. Just watched Kei Igawa pitch a gem as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees beat the Syracuse Chiefs 3-0. The K-Man allowed two hits over seven innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
Brett Gardner was 2 for 3 with two RBI, raising his average to .296. Man, he can fly.
But while the baseball was enjoyable, the best part of the night was meeting about 60 people from the blog who turned out for the night.
Ron Hromisin, a loyal reader and Scranton season ticket holder, organized the whole thing. All I did was show up and get to meet a lot of nice people.
Sometimes in the press box you forget that baseball is really about the people who love the game. It was tremendous meeting so many people who really care about the Yankees. We had folks from age 7 to 70 in a luxury box down the first-base line.
Thanks to Ron, everybody got a SWB Yankees hat, hamburgers and hot dogs and a game, program. Dave Miley came up before the game to say hello and we had a visit from local blogging legend Chad Jennings.
When I started this blog before the 2006 season, I never imagined that it would get to the point where we’d hold an event like this. Thanks to Ron for organizing the whole thing and thanks so much to everybody who showed up.
The Journal News chipped in with some t-shirts and I was able to give most all of them away. So if you see one at the Stadium, say hello to the person. It’s a fellow reader.
I don’t know what was more amazing, seeing Igawa pitch well or getting to meet so many good people. Plus we raised a few dollars for a cancer charity.
Hopefully we’ll hold another one of these events sometime. It was a real privilege for me to attend.
So what happened in the Yankees game, anything exciting?