Gillies will be ok!

It was just reported that while Tyson Gillies is not line up today, he only suffered what is being characterized as a “contusion”.

Last night in Harrisburg, both Tyson and Jiwan James were running for a line drive. They were both running all out and collided at full speed. Tyson was removed from the game. It was reported that he was taken to the hospital for X-rays.

I follow both on Twitter and knew as of last night that Jiwan was ok as he tweeted as such. I was growing worried about Tyson because he had not tweeted.

So things are looking better. Here’s to Tyson for a speedy recovery.

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The Surreal Life

Did you ever have one of those moments where you are in one place and see something on TV and you’ve been there so many times you can’t believe you’re not there?

That’s the way I felt tonight. I grew up and lived all but the last three months of my life living no more than five miles from Harrisburg’s Metro Bank Park. Back then, it was called Riverside Stadium and it was not even as remotely nice as it is now.

My first trip there was back in 1990. A friend of mine had an extra ticket and took me along. It was fun and the giveaway was a 3-ring binder with the team logo. It was also the first time I got a ball player’s autograph. I still have that notebook.

When Ross and I first started dating, he had season tickets to the Senators and he lived within walking distance of the stadium. Once Ross and I bought a house it was still only a few miles from the stadium, we could see the fireworks from our living room. Although Ross gave up his season tickets, we still went to quite a few games. It was in these years that my love of the game grew.

It was years later that we switched our allegiance from the local team to that of the Reading Phillies.

So tonight as we sat here in sunny Clearwater we watched the Harrisburg Senators play the Reading Phillies on MiLB.tv, our current favorite AA team and our former favorite team. It was so bizarre to watch them on TV and not be there. Watching it on TV made me think of last summer when a friend of ours rented a suite for her birthday and while eating dinner we watched the game on the closed circuit TV in the lounge area of the suite.

I almost wished I could have walked out our patio doors and been there. Of course, then I remembered that it was 53 degrees there and that there would have been no way I would have sat outside in the chill without needing layers of clothes and/or ending up with a cold in a day or so. I guess I’m better off here in the Sunshine State with my MiLB.tv!

Tonight was also special because all five of the Phillies teams won. The Blue Claws, Threshers, Reading Phillies, Iron Pigs and Phillies all scored wins.

So though the night was bizarre and surreal, it was a good night.

Deeper and Deeper

The Harrisburg Senator's Metro Bank Park Under Flood Water (Photo courtesy of the Harrisburg Senators)
The Harrisburg Senator’s Metro Bank Park Under Flood Water (Photo courtesy of the Harrisburg Senators’ Player Tim Pahuta)

The above picture was tweeted this afternoon by Harrisburg Senators’ player, Tim Pahuta. This is what Metro Bank Park looks like when the Susquehanna River is at 24 feet…flood stage is 17 feet.

It’s a beautiful stadium and yes, I know that the locker rooms are protected by water proof doors…but why put it on an island in the middle of a river?

What’s worse? The hits just keep coming…the Susquehanna River has not crested and as of 10 p.m. it is at 25 feet. It’s bad.

The Harrisburg Senators who fought hard to have home field advantage in the playoffs had to move the first two games of their series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels to Richmond. Frankly, seeing the condition of the field, I really don’t think they’ll even be back this season.

Ross and I went to a park on a hill across the river from the stadium so that I could try to see if the stadium was inundated…Here’s some of the pictures I took:

Market St Bridge to City Island (Closed)
Market St Bridge to City Island (Closed)
The Parking Garage on City Island
The Parking Garage on City Island
Metro Bank Park Under Water
Metro Bank Park Under Water
Metro Bank Park with the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Background
Metro Bank Park with the Pennsylvania State Capitol in the Background
The Walnut St Bridge from the Lemoyne Side. It was damaged in the flood of 1996.
The Walnut St Bridge from the Lemoyne Side. It was damaged in the flood of 1996.
Front Street in Wormleysburg
Front Street in Wormleysburg
Bridges of Harrisburg
Bridges of Harrisburg
The Flood Water Was Even with Front Street in Wormleysburg
The Flood Water Was Even with Front Street in Wormleysburg

Less than a mile from the ballpark, they have evacuated the Pennsylvania Governor’s Mansion. There are National Guard troops stationed in Harrisburg and Wormelysburg. It’s only getting worse. The water is predicted to go up another FOUR FEET.

Ross and I did have tickets to see the Lehigh Valley IronPigs tonight but just couldn’t go. Many major highways are closed as the water is rising. We also didn’t want to come across blocked roads on the way home as we were afraid that roads that were open when we left could close before we could get home to our dogs. There is also some talk that all those bridges could be closed…and to go to either Lehigh Valley or Reading, we need to cross the river.

Because of rain outs we now have tickets for Lehigh Valley tomorrow night. I’ve never been to Coca-Cola Park or even the Iron Pigs, we will try to go to Allentown tomorrow. It just depends on the river and bridge situation.

We also have tickets for Reading Saturday night….keep your fingers crossed…Oh and send an ark.

Birthdays, Baseball and Bryce Harper

Birthdays are the best with friends and baseball. The birthday girl is on the left.
Birthdays are the best with friends and baseball. The birthday girl is on the left.

Baseball…as American as apple pie and birthdays. A dear friend of mine and her father recently celebrated their birthdays together by renting a suite at the Harrisburg Senators game. Ross and I had a great time. I got to see friends that I’ve known since high school.

Harrisburg was playing the Trenton Thunder…seems like it was a trend…going to a ballgame and seeing Trenton. I mean, it was only a month ago that we went to Trenton. Trenton is in the hunt for a playoff berth and is obviously pushing to make it.

They were on Harrisburg early, scoring a grand slam in the first inning. Sadly, for Harrisburg, it was down hill from there.

Prospect Bryce Harper
Prospect Bryce Harper

I consider myself lucky…I’ve gotten to see phenom Bryce Harper play twice this year. (Almost got to see him in Hagerstown when we went to see the BlueClaws play, but he was resting on the bench that night.)

(Edited to add: It was unfortunate that only days later Harper would suffer a season-ending hamstring injury)

I’ll admit, I didn’t pay as much attention to the game as I usually do, but heck, I was with my girlfriends…at a baseball game! It was a birthday! As a bonus, I got to talk to two of my friends’ moms and I hadn’t seen them in quite a while either. Baseball…the great reunificator!

The one thing that did catch my attention…The Presidents of the United States! If you’ve read my blog for any about of time, you know I’m a sucker for a good gimmick. I love the between innings silliness. It’s always good for a laugh. Since Harrisburg is affiliated with the Washington Nationals, the Nationals sent their famous Presidents for the Presidents’ Race. The race itself was enhanced by Harrisburg’s Monkeys. Don’t ask me why in the world Harrisburg has simians. I don’t know. All I can tell you is these monkeys showed up this season and tend to pop up quite often in these on the field events.

The President’s pre-race dance….Go Abe!

Dead Presidents Dance
Dead Presidents Dance

The monkeys are in hot pursuit!

The presidents are chased...by monkeys?????
The presidents are chased…by monkeys?????

It’s Abe Lincoln at the tape!

It's Lincoln by a nose!
It’s Lincoln by a nose!

I just want to take this opportunity to wish my dear friend and her father a very happy birthday and thank them for the AWESOME evening!