LOUISVILLE: The Bats were off yesterday celebrating Jackie Earle Haley’s 48th birthday...Haley, who played Kelly Leak in the classic baseball movie The Bad News Bears, was expected to join the Bats for his birthday party at Slugger Field but no-showed when he found out that he was prohibited from flying around, popping wheelies and doing donuts on the playing surface with his Harley Davidson motorbike…The Bats resume action tomorrow night vs. Durham.
CAROLINA: The Mudcats were off yesterday observing the 128th anniversary of Pat Garrett gunning down Billy the Kid...in memory of the incident, Reds broadcaster Jeff “The Cowboy” Brantley traveled out to Zebulon on horseback to treat the entire Mudcats team to a double-feature showing of Young Guns and Young Guns II…The Mudcats resume action tonight, hosting Chattanooga in the first game of a 5-game series.
SARASOTA: The Reds were off yesterday observing the 40th anniversary of the US $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills officially being withdrawn from circulation...as he does every year on this date, Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman went out to a secret undisclosed location to dig up his giant jar containing several notes of each denomination to make sure it and the money remain intact.
DAYTON: The Dragons were off yesterday celebrating the 6th anniversary of the United States Government admitting to the existence of “Area 51.”...To mark the occasion, Reds Vice President of Scouting, Player Development & Intergalactic Operations Bill Bavasi traveled to Dayton via UFO to treat the Dayton team to moonpies and Martian-shaped cookies baked by Director of Major League Administration Debbie Bent…The Dragons will resume action tonight, hosting Quad Cities in the first game of a 4-game set.
BILLINGS: The Mustangs were off yesterday celebrating Bastille Day...in honor of the occasion, the entire Billings team put on a reenactment at Dehler Park of the storming of the Bastille fortress/prison (equipped with costumes)...Mustangs’ manager Julio Garcia played King Louis XVI while hitting coach Delino DeShields took on the role of Louis-Phillipe, duc d’Orléans…The Mustangs play for real tonight against Orem in the first game of a 3-game series in Billings.