An all-new York Revolution souvenir store, the First Cap Team Store, will open the season with the team, and even be open for Fan Fest. Tracy Blosser (above) fills the shelves on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Bil Bowden photo
Before we get to all the events of Saturday…York traveled to Southern Maryland on Friday for its fourth exhibition game of spring training. The Revs defeated the Blue Crabs, 6-5, to improve to 3-1 this pre-season.
FAN FEST: The York Revolution’s annual Fan Fest event is set to take place on Saturday at Sovereign Bank Stadium. In preparations for the event, the stadium this week has been getting somewhat of a facelift. The team’s new logos were being replaced this week pretty much anywhere the old logos could be found. Perhaps the biggest change are to those above the front gates, where the old display included action shots of Revs’ players surrounding the old logo. Team officials were set to be putting up new stickers throughout the park later in the week, and the team store should be ready to go by Saturday. (Check out the pictures of the re-furbished store here). Upgrades to the store included new carpet, paint, and shelving – apparently some of the shelving is designed by a local company operated by the man who last year worked as the Revs’ mascot, Downtown.
As far as the schedule of events for Saturday, Fan Fest will include a country music show and an appearance by a special celebrity guest. The event is presented by Great Country 107.7 WGTY.
The day will kick off at 10:15 a.m. with a free concert on the Brooks Robinson Plaza featuring Mountain Road, a York County band which was a finalist in WGTY’s contest to play at the York Fair this past summer.
Former American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina will then greet fans with a question-and-answer session following the Mountain Road show. That will begin at 11 a.m. on the plaza and last until 11:15 a.m., when she will hold an autograph session with fans until noon. Alaina will be unable to perform because she has a show later in the day in Harrisburg.
While the autograph session is going on, a group of Revs’ players will officially debut the team’s updated uniforms for the 2012 season on the plaza, featuring the new color scheme of navy blue and gold. Players will also model new-look Revs’ merchandise for the upcoming season.
Before Saturday’s game, the Jason Aspito Home Run Derby fundraiser will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m., which will benefit the Penn State York baseball program.
Aspito is the Revs’ all-time home run leader who is now the Penn State York head coach. He will also be a member of the Central League/Susquehanna League all-star team. Aspito will take 30 swings, and fans will be able to pledge an amount of money of their choosing per home run that Aspito hits.
Aspito: Aspito played for York for a part of the 2007 season and all of 2008 and 2009, clubbing a total of 42 homers over that time. He retired from being a pro player after the 2009 season and has spent the last couple years playing in the local Central/Susquehanna League while also coaching the Penn State York baseball program. The Nittany Lions haven’t faired so well in either of the two seasons under Aspito – they’re currently 3-15 with four games left on the schedule.
When I caught up with Aspito earlier this season, he said the money raised Saturday will likely go towards funding a trip down south next season for PSY. He said most of PSY’s opponents are able to get games in earlier in the year by playing in warmer weather climates down south, such as when York College traveled to Georgia in late February to begin its season. PSY didn’t start this season until late March. It’s interesting that Aspito is set to take part in the game on Saturday, too, considering PSY is set to play a double-header at Penn State Brandywine beginning at 2 p.m.
Other notable players: Aspito isn’t the only former player with minor league experience who will suit up for the men’s all-star team on Saturday.
Former Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers player Travis Hake (Susquehanna, Conrads) will also be participating in the game as part of the men’s league all-stars. Hake, born in York and a Brogue resident, played in the Susquehanna League for three different teams after a stint in the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system. He went to be the only former Susquehanna League player to play for the Revs in 2007, and also spent two season with the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2005 and 2006.
Former Revs’ pitcher Shawn Hedrick (Susquehanna, Red Lion) pitched for York in 2009 and 2010, combining to start five games, allowing 16 earned runs over 26.2 innings (5.41 ERA) with a 1-3 record.
Former Barnstormers pitcher Austin Hinkle will also return to York for the first time since 2010. A Hempfield High School grad, Hinkle had a stint in the Tampa Bay Rays’ farm system until playing for the Barnstormers for the entire 2010 season. That year, the righty went 0-2 with a 5.76 ERA in 29 relief appearances, striking out 33 batters over 45.1 innings of work.
Infielder Trent Kline (Central, Mount Wolf) is a West York High School grad who played a couple years at Division I South Carolina before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2007. A catcher in the Giants organization, Kline reached High Class A San Jose in 2009. Infielder Todd Meyer (Central, Pleasureville) is a former York College ballplayer who pitched a couple seasons in the minors for the Montreal Expos (sic Washington Nationals) in 2002 and 2003.
Men’s league roster: The game between the Revs and the Central League/Susquehanna League all-star team is set to start at 1:15 p.m. This is the first meeting between the local all-stars and the Revs since 2009. In that first meeting, the Revs rolled to an 18-1 triumph over the local stars.
Tickets for the game are $3 for Revs’ season-ticket holders and $5 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at the Apple Chevrolet Ticket Office or at YorkRevolution.com. With every ticket purchase, $1 will benefit the Susquehanna and Central leagues.
York Revolution right-hander Corey Thurman is set to start for the Revs on Saturday. Following is the 31-player roster for the local all-star team. Each player is listed with his team and league:
Brian Bossum, Central, Jefferson; Andy Clemens, Central, Manchester; Kyle Cook, Central, Mount Wolf; Jay Enoch, Susquehanna, Red Lion; Shawn Hedrick, Susquehanna, Red Lion; Austin Hinkle, Susquehanna, Red Lion; Jason Kelly, Central, Manchester; Jake Schoelkoph, Susquehanna, Hallam; Chris Stoudt, Susquehanna, Windsor; T.J. Thomas, Central, Stoverstown; Jarrod Yecker, Central, Mount Wolf.
Ryan Meyers, Central, Glen Rock; Mark Schauren, Susquehanna, Columbia; Justin Seitz, Susquehanna, Hallam.
Logan Allison, Central, Manchester; J.W. Beshore, Central, Stoverstown; Anthony Ferrell, Susquehanna, Conrads; Travis Hake, Susquehanna, Conrads; Trent Kline, Central, Mount Wolf; Dustin Kuhn, Central, Dover; Eric McNeil, Susquehanna, Red Lion; Todd Meyer, Central, Pleasureville; Jason Seitz, Susquehanna, Hallam; Rick Thompson, Susquehanna, Windsor.
Jason Aspito, Susquehanna, Red Lion; Mike Austin, Susquehanna, Jacobus; John Benchich, Susquehanna, Hallam; Brian Crimmel, Susquehanna, Jacobus; Steve Gentile, Central, Jefferson; Aaron Meyers, Central, Mount Wolf; Austin Rickrode, Central, Dover.
Rod Seitz, manager; Chad Kennell, coach; Tim Poff, coach; Jeff Barkdoll, coach; Tim Brenner, coach.