President and General Manager Donald Moore with Babe
It was an incredible night for baseball. The wind was calm and made for a very comfortable night at the ballpark. It was fantastic to see the crowd out in support of Greensboro baseball. The between inning games did not disappoint either. The really do a great job of all around entertainment at the park. Dollar for dollar, there is no better entertainment deal in Greensboro.
On to the game last night…
Hickory would score first with their second batter of the night, Lewis Brinson. He would score off a wild pitch by Jarlin Garcia. When it became the Greensboro Grasshoppers turn to bat in the bottom of the first, we would see all three batters hit into the gloves of the waiting gloves of the Crawdads. The second inning would prove to be a fantastic inning for the Hoppers. They would hit two doubles in the inning causing three runners to cross the plate. Thus making the score 3-1 Hoppers on top. The Hoppers, nor the Crawdads, would score for the next three innings. In the bottom of the sixth inning, there was a “bunch of singling going on…” Austin Dean would be the first of eight Hoppers to touch first base. Five of those Hoppers would cross the plate scoring for the good guys. That would end up being our final score for the night. 8-1 HOPPERS WIN!
James Wooster, our returning Hopper from the 2011 Championship season pitched last night. He would see three batters, and no strikeouts. Jarlin Garcia was our starting pitcher seeing 18 batters and 7 strikeouts. It was so good to be back in the ballpark and hearing the cracking bats and smell the hot dogs grilling. It is a sure sign that the long nights of summer are upon us. With the zingers being thrown from the mound, and the pop of the bat as it slams a homer, to the smile of that little childs face when he meets Guilford for the first time. All of those reasons is why… IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
Welcome back, Hoppers fans! This is Jordan, with a preview of what your Greensboro Grasshoppers have in store for you this year. First off, before I dive into the games and the happenings of the ballpark Greg and I would like to thank each of you for your kindness and support throughout the last three years. It has been an eventful ride to say the least. We have seen our boys become SAL League Champions for the first time in team history. We have seen championships lost on our home field. We have witnessed Jose Fernandez, now Rookie Of The Year, sling 99 mph fastballs on the mound. I have witnessed our Hoppers fire home runs off an air craft carrier in the middle of the Charleston Harbor. These last two years have also seen new additions to the Hoppers Fan family. Greg and his wife welcomed Rorie into the world May of 2012. My wife and I welcomed Addie into the family May of 2013. We both have so much to be thankful for, and this blog is what brought us together.
Which brings us to this year… Thursday night is Opening Day! I can’t wait to smell the hot dogs and hear the cracking of the bats again. This is my favorite time of year, by far. If you are heading to the ballpark Thursday, make sure you get there early. There will be a street festival, concerts, and giveaways galore. You will see Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” singing the National Anthem before the first pitch. This year the Hoppers are celebrating their tenth season. So a lot of the giveaways and prizes will be directed around that.
This season will also bring back some familiar faces. Dave Berg is back as the Manager this year. You may remember he coached the Hoppers back to the SAL Championship game for the second year in a row, back in 2012. James Wooster, an unsung hero of the ballpark, is back… but at pitcher. An outfielder converted. And I’m sure we will see the return of… THE SAUSAGE RACES!
Greg and I will be trying to make it out to several games this year. Please come by and say hey. Get ready for some baseball and strap on your seat belts, because IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!!
Hi, Hoppers Fans — Greg here. First, I’d like to thank Jordan for everything he’s done for the blog and the Hoppers Fan community. I’m especially grateful for the dedication he devotes to the Hoppers Fan Facebook Page, which is a great place to keep up with some “quick hits” related to the team and the Hoppers Fan community. I’d also like to echo everything he said above — I’m thrilled that Opening Day is just around the corner! We’re all excited to have the boys of summer back in town. Balancing family, work, and baseball is probably going to continue to be a challenge for both of us this year, but we’re going to go out to as many games as we can and you’ll be able to read about all of our adventures at the ballpark here.
As always, this is a blog written by fans, for the fans. We love connecting with the fans. If you have any Hoppers-related stories to share, leave us a comment on the blog or on the Facebook page. We love sharing pictures, so please get in touch if you have some great Hoppers-related photos and we’ll try to share them on the blog with everyone. And if you ever see either of us at the ballpark, please come and say “hi.” One of the greatest joys we have from writing this blog is getting to meet some of the folks who enjoy reading it.
Hickory Crawdads Stadium Opening Day
The image above is what is becoming a familiar sight on Opening Day for the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Since their inaugural season, 2005, the Hoppers have sent their starting pitcher to the mound 4 times to open the season. In 8 seasons, they are 4-4 of starting the season on Opening Day. That being said it is not uncommon around these parts to have a delay or postponement opening day. What is uncommon, in fact unprecedented, is being cancelled due to snow and sleet.
Scott Lyman, RHP
Today’s game in Hickory was set to be a great matchup. Scott Lyman, returning for his second year in Greensboro, was set to take the mound. This right hander will start out the season to improve on his 3 game win record and 6 losses. He threw 62 strikeouts out of 74 innings pitched. I’m very interested to see what kind of heat he can throw this year.
I’ll be armed with my camera and scorecards this season, to bring you all the latest action, scores, and fan highlights from each game. Greg, I believe, will be joining me this year a bit more, and WOOT WOO IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!!!
And for those of you wondering where your favorite Hoppers are… Here’s the list as of today.
Jose Fernandez– MIAMI MARLINS, Brent Keys— GSO Grasshoppers, Tony Caldwell— GSO Grasshoppers, Collin Cargill– Jupiter Hammerheads, Jose Urena– Jupiter Hammerheads, Wilfredo Gimenez– Jupiter Hammerheads, Noah Perio– Jupiter Hammerheads, Ryan Fisher– Jupiter Hammerheads, Austin Barnes–Jupiter Hammerheads, Josh Adams– Jupiter Hammerheads, Austin Nola– Jupiter Hammerheads, Matt Smith– Jupiter Hammerheads, Ryan Reiger– Jupiter Hammerheads, Ryan Goetz– Jupiter Hammerheads, Isaac Galloway– Jupiter Hammerheads, Aaron Senne “In the City”– Jupiter Hammerheads, Adam Conley– Jacksonville Suns, Marcell Ozuna– Jacksonville Suns, Danny Black– Jacksonville Suns, Rand Smith– Batavia Muckdogs
Don’t forget to click on your favorite player to link up to see the latest news, stats, and more! If your favorite player is not listed please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to locate that player for you. Thanks!
This was the scene outside the gates tonight. To those of you that know about this, I would like to know your thoughts, please comment below. To those that do not know, the Babe statue was stolen last July. For the full article, found at greensborosports.com click here. Tonight, the man that stole the statue was court ordered to stand outside the ballpark with a sign publicly apologizing for stealing the beloved mascot and statue. To some, it proved its point. To others, it was a joke. Comment below and let me know your thoughts.
Besides the media spectacle that was outside the gates, there was also a ballgame. A ballgame that would consist of a home run smash by James Wooster, lots of pitching errors (their’s and ours), and a huge rally in the eighth to eventually win the game for the Grasshoppers. The Hoppers would be down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. To those that have been paying attention during this series, it seemed like the same story, different night. However, the Hoppers had another ending in mind for tonight. In a fairytale movie like fashion, In the bottom of the eighth, Wilfredo would single out to right field. Ryan McIntyre would then be walked, advancing Wilfredo to second. Then, Ryan Reiger would single to load the bases! Matt Smith would be intentionally walked, forcing a run to score! STILL NO OUTS, Brent Keys would get a strikeout. Austin Barnes would send a sacrifice fly out to the outfield, as Ryan McIntyre scores. For those not keeping track, the score was now 6-4. Only need two runs to tie. Those two runs would come in next as John Shultz would send a double out to right field bringing in the tying two runs. The man of the night was none other than JOSH ADAMS! Josh Adams would step up to the plate, with two strikes and two outs, he would double again bringing John Shultz home. For a rally finish of 9-6. Hoppers prevent the series sweep as they pull the cord on the West Virginia Power.
Starting on the mound tonight was Charlie Lowell. He threw 5 innings, allowed 7 hits, 5 runs, and 1 home run. With no strikeouts. Brad Mincey would come in and relieve him throwing 2 innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run. He would sit down as Kevin Cravey would come to the plate to close the night. Kevin would throw the final 2 innings, allowing no hits and the lonely strikeout of the night.
With the Hoppers victory tonight, they improve to 15-19. The Hoppers are also 5 games behind first place. Be sure to click for the full recap and box score. Also, don’t forget to comment below about the man that stole the Babe statue. Was it a good idea or bad idea? What are your thoughts? All picture taken from tonight can be found here on the HoppersFan page on Facebook!
And as always, IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
The theme tonight was Halloween night. Being that it was Friday the 13th and the stadium is located right off Elm Street it had all the makings for a cheesy horror flick. And in some ways it was rather cheesy. You could catch pirates, clowns, pimps, and even waldo (If you could find him…) walking around and taking in the game. The names on the scoreboard were even put to a cool halloween background .
Looks like Spaz found Waldo!
Austin Brice was the starting pitcher on the mound tonight. He would throw 5 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and 5 strikeouts. He would be relieved by Kevin Cravey who pitched one inning and allowed 1 hit. Daniel Oliver would then come in to pitch 2 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 strikeouts. Next up would walk Greg Nappo who would throw 1 inning and three straight strikeouts for a combined total of 10 strikeouts. That’s a lot of K’s on the board for Don Moore and his crew at the “JETS PIZZA K ZONE”.
The game was tied at zero until the bottom of the fourth inning when an inning full of errors happened. The Hoppers would come in to score 6 runs that inning. Batters to cross the plate were Aaron Senne, Ryan Reiger, James Wooster, Tony Caldwell, Austin Nola, and Terrence Dayleg.
With all the costumes and scary figures around tonight I guess Friday the 13th was just too scary for Hagerstown. Hagerstown would never lead in this one. Hoppers take the win easily 7-2. With tonights win the Hoppers move to 8-14 in the second half and only 6 games back! The Hoppers are back in action tomorrow night facing the Kannapolis Intimidators. And as always… IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!!
(Note: All players names are linked to their MILB profile so you can keep up with all your favorite Hoppers!)
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When I left the house tonight, I honestly thought the game would be rained out, maybe even a delay or two. However, not even a drop of rain fell during the three hour affair in Greensboro. The weather remained dreary and humid with an on field temperature of 86 degrees.
You could say tonights game was a GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS deal.
Good News: Rand Smith had three hits on five at bats. Two which occurred in both the eighth and ninth inning while trying to start a rally.
Bad News: With tonights loss, the Hoppers dropped to 6-13 and are currently 8 games behind the first place Hickory Crawdads
Bill Hass had the privilege of speaking to Manager Dave Berg tonight and captured Berg’s opinion in the latest Bill On Baseball entry:
“It will be a big difference,” manager David Berg said of getting players back. “The first half of the season we were healthy. I don’t know if we had a position player on the DL. The second half has not been kind to us in that regard. Now we’re adding the guys who got us to where we were.”
And with those additions back to the roster and the acquisition of Austin Nola I definitely think we’ll be back to where we were in no time at all! So with all that said, IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
Click for box score and full recap of tonights game. As well as, all names and teams have been linked to their milb profiles so you can keep up with all your favorite players! You can also check out Bill Hass’ Official Blog by clicking here
With an on field temperature of 102 degrees at the first pitch, to say it was hot was an understatement. Spaz always does a seat upgrade during every game promoting LAZY-BOY recliners. He has dubbed this “the best seats in the house”. These “best seats” consist of four recliners at the top of the seating bowl behind home plate. Tonight, the “best seats in the house” clearly was out in the SUNBRELLA zone located in right field. Sitting there underneath umbrellas with an ice cold Mountain Dew, a great friend, and baseball. What’s better than that? Yeah. A win would’ve capped it off, but when you have secured the northern division playoff spot, I’m okay with just enjoying games for the sake of enjoying them.
Tonights game was enjoyable from a Hoppers standpoint as well. I got to witness Austin Barnes slam his 4th home run tonight! Which I love seeing guys like that perform well. Aaron Senne and Austin Barnes hit homers tonight. Both great guys doing great things in the diamond. Tonight was Aaron’s 3rd homer in four nights. That is quite the accomplishment! Hoppers were facing the Hickory Crawdads, which coming into tonight were 7-2 in the second half, and are currently in first place. Needless to say, the heat wasn’t the only struggle our boys were going to have to overcome.
Pitchers tonight were the newly acquired Scott Lyman, who pitched 5.2 innings, allowed 8 hits and four strikeouts. Greg Nappo threw 1.1 innings, allowed 3 hits and 4 strikeouts. Nappo would be relieved by Jose Rodreguez would pitch 1 inning, allowing 1 hit and 1 strikeout. Brad Mincy then came up to finish off the night, allowing 2 hits and no strikeouts.
The big hitters of the night were, Aaron Senne with a two run homer to right field. Austin Barnes slamming his homer in the bottom of the ninth. Aaron Senne went 3-4 tonight and Austin Barnes went 4-1, with his home run being his lonely hit on the night. Ryan Goetz also went 3-1 on the night. Hoppers fell to the Crawdads to a score of 11-4. With this loss the Hoppers drop to 4-5 in the second half standings and currently three games back. Come and check out your Hoppers tomorrow for another scorcher. Temperature tomorrow is predicted to be around 105. Maybe, it’ll be just hot enough to steam some Crawdads. As always, this is Jordan Stowe, and IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!