(Portland ME) Ever watch a group of young kids attempt to play musical chairs with no idea what the object of the game is?
That, and plenty more, was part of the fun at Hadlock Field tonight.
And there was a ballgame too!
The Reading Fightin Phils won 8-7 in ten innings.
There were lengthy line hours before the gates opened thanks to a promotion that gifted the first one thousand customers with an Andrew Benintendi bobble head.
And to add to the excitement, the ten millionth fan also was noted on this night and that brought out the local TV networks.
I drove through thunder and lightning to get to the game. My intention was to check out the Phillies top prospect (Alec Bohm) and the other prospects of the National League team.
Alec is a tall (6-5) third baseman with a home run swing. That swing produced a 4-base blast (his 13th) to centerfield off Konner Wade.
Alec was picked first by the Phillies (3rd overall) in 2018, out of Wichita State. He is 23 and on the fast track to the big team.
Mickey Moniak was a first-round pick in 2016 out of high school. Only 21, the young outfielder is leading the Eastern League in triples. He notched his 13th tonight. Very aggressive at the plate.
Jarren Duran is the top Boston prospect still with Portland. Bobby Dalbec and CJ Chatham have moved on to Pawtucket. Jarren has the speed to turn a routine grounder to short into a close play. I suspect that Jarren starts at Portland in 2020 but will reach Pawtucket during the season.
Outfielder Marcus Wilson is the other ranked prospect with Portland. He had a homer tonight to send the game into extra innings.
Slugger ran a solid race tonight. He didn’t trip. He didn’t engage someone/anyone in conversation and get side-tracked. On this night the competition was serious (the kid had a great shirt) but the big guy hung in there. If the young man had faltered, Slugger was close enough near home plate to get there first…….but the kid didn’t falter and the losing streak continues.
Musical chairs, on this night, was the highlight of the between-innings activities in my opinion. The young ladies involved were excited. I’m guessing 5-year-olds. It was quickly obvious that none of them had ever played musical chairs. They saw chairs and they jumped on them! Of course, you jump on an inflatable and it’s likely to fall over…and they did. The music played and the girls were already all over the chairs. Next they learned that they had to wait until the music stopped before taking a seat. One girl waited beside an empty seat instead of getting into it. That didn’t go so well for her. It was also interesting to watch the girls enlarge the circle by running around the Hadlock staff members as well as the chairs. A winner was finally determined but because of the size discrepancy between the chair and the participant nearly vanished from sight. The crowd loved it.
Hadlock continues to be friendly for all ages and all levels of baseball IQ. I highly recommend a visit there before the season ends in very early September.
Thanks again to Chris Cameron for enabling me to witness the activities at Hadlock.
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