Hi my name is Jeff and I will be one of the bloggers covering the Kansas City Royals advance A minor league affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks. While I am relatively new in the world of blogging, I hope to capture the spirit and sense of community that the Blue Rocks have brought to Wilmington.
Right now the Blue Rocks are 6 weeks into their season with a 12-17 record in the Northern division of the Carolina League. This team has been in some really close games but right now the breaks aren’t quite going their way but once they do, the Blue Rocks may be a really special team.
One of the more quirky things about a minor league team is their schedule. For example the Blue Rocks are coming off a 3 game road trip vs the Potomac Nationals (Washington) and tomorrow they have a 3 game homestand versus the Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta) then they head out on the road again for 3 game series vs the Fredrick Keys (Baltimore) and Lynchburg. Got that? Go here for the Blue Rocks schedule to see how quirky their scheduling can be.
But the one thing that goes on while the team is away is the local high school teams use Frawley Stadium for regular season games. This has been a runaway hit with schools, teams, and parents. Getting to see their kids play on Judy Johnson field under the lights is quite special. A game between St Marks High School vs Salesianum High School drew almost 1000 people on a Thursday night. Not bad for 2 of the states’ best baseball teams and it was a good game to boot, with St. Marks winning 9-1 . The Delaware state baseball playoffs will be played at Frawley starting around May 24th so if you’re in the area come check it out here. Also for scheduling information, then click on the tournaments banner.
Also during the month of May during the when the Blue Rocks are in town all games expect for Friday night fireworks are $5 general admission tickets. Also on May 20th vs Myrtle Beach (Texas), the Blue Rocks will host Buddy Hurlock Day. Buddy was one of the team’s most passionate sportswriters but he has come down with a rare form of brain cancer. He hasn’t been able to work and has been under constant medical treatment. More info can be found at BuddysBattle.org.
Again this is an example of how the Blue Rocks have integrated themselves into the greater Wilmington community and as the season progresses I will update everyone on special events happening at Frawley. Oh yeah and I will keep up with the baseball team itself.