Revs clinch playoff berth

Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Andres Perez, Andy Etchebarren, Chris Nowak, Corey Thurman, Michael Hernandez, York Revolution

Revs’ skipper Andy Etchebarren shares words with hometown fans before Sunday’s game as Brooks Robinson looks on in the distance. John A. Pavoncello photo.

There have been some big events and historical marks set at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Still, I’d venture to say the event-filled Sunday would make that list. From the pre-game ceremony including Brooks Robinson to honor Revs’ skipper Andy Etchebarren, to the many fundraising marks announced, to longtime York pitcher breaking his own club record in wins, to slugger Chris Nowak extending his home run marks, to a new weekend-attendance mark being set, to the Revs’ post-game playoff-clinching celebration, Sunday had it all.

To catch up on everything, here’s a quick one-stop shop:

- Click here to read about all of the events from Sunday.

-Click here to check out all of the photos from Sunday.

-Click here to check out a fantastic four-minute video featuring everything Etch. Seriously, if you’re a Revs’ fan, this is worth checking out. York Dispatch photo editor Randy Flaum did a great job of getting pictures and videos from a collection of Dispatch photographers to some fans. The video features a look back on previous championship celebrations, argues with umpires and the words Etch’ had for fans before Sunday’s game.

-Click here to read my Monday column on York second baseman Andres Perez, who has been putting up stellar numbers this year despite being overshadowed by those from Chris Nowak.

For a brief recap, here are some notes from Sunday:

- Etch:  Etchebarren, who is retiring at the end of the season, was honored on the field before the game by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson — both were given standing ovations from the crowd. The team dedicated a plaque to Etchebarren that will hang in the concourse at the stadium. Revs’ president and general manager Eric Menzer also said the club will retire Etchebarren’s No. 8 jersey. It will become the third jersey number to be retired by the club, joining Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 and Brooks Robinson’s No. 5.

- Revs’ marks: Thurman improved to 14-3 on the season to snap his own club record in wins that he set a year ago. Chris Nowak extend his league lead in homers to 34, marking the most homers by an Atlantic League player since 2005. The Revs set a single-season club record for wins (74) this weekend. The Revs also need just two more wins to tie the club record for most wins in a half (41).

- Attendance: With 5,281 fans at York’s final regular season home game Sunday, the Revs set a four-game series attendance record with a total of 21,757 fans.

SUGAR LAND plans:

The Revs will fly out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Monday down to Hobby Houston Airport to begin a six-game series there Tuesday. The series will cap off the regular season for both clubs. York will fly back next Monday morning to get ready for the Atlantic League Freedom Division Series that starts on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Etch’ said he will not travel with the team to Sugar Land, citing that he’s “worn out” and he wants to rest his back for the playoffs. Pitching coach Mark Mason will manage the series in his absence.

Roster move coming?: Etch’ said he’s not sure about the health of outfielder Michael Hernandez, who was pulled from Game One on Saturday with a groin injury. He said he’ll have to check with Hernandez on Sunday night. It sounds like if Hernandez isn’t good to go for the playoffs, York might make a roster move to put someone in Hernandez’s place. The Revs still have three outfielders without Hernandez (Scott Grimes, Brandon Haveman and Jeff Fiorentino). Infielders Chris Nowak and Andres Perez have also played the outfield during their career.

While we’re chatting about the potential playoff roster, Etch’ said Sunday night he’s not sure who his No. 1 starter will be in Game 1 of the FDCS against Lancaster. He’s also unsure of the rotation at this point.

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