Mayor Kim Bracey and the York County Commissioners presented proclamations to the York Revolution this afternoon to honor the club for winning its second straight Atlantic League championship. The ceremony was delayed almost a month after York won the title on Oct. 2, because most of the players had flights home scheduled to depart the area about 24 hours after the club won the championship.
York manager Andy Etchebarren addressed the crowd of several dozen fans that stretched beyond the sidewalk and into King Street in front of City Hall. The ceremony ended with Etchebarren carving roasted duck and handing it out to fans in recognition of the Revs victory against the Long Island Ducks in the championship series.
News and Highlights:
1. Etchebarren has already begun work on building a club for 2012.
“I’ve made up my mind on some of the guys I can’t bring back, even though I like them,” Etchebarren said. “People have to realize, sometimes you have to let a player go even if they have a good season. You can’t give raises to every player or else your budget gets so high you can’t bring in other players.
“I’m going to have to make some tough decisions.”
2. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson was in town, standing next to Etchebarren for the press conference. Etch introduced Robinson as the “best friend I’ve ever had in baseball.” And he explained how one call to Robinson helped him land an interview in the Atlantic League before the 2008 season.
3. Etchebarren once again joked about his one-night stay in jail in York during his minor league playing career in 1962. The former catcher won a battle against some Princess Street garbage cans that night, but lost the war.
4. It appeared for a short time this weekend that Etchebarren wouldn’t make it to York. His flight from Charlotte to Harrisburg was cancelled. Then another flight to Harrisburg was cancelled. Etch opted for a flight to Philadelphia, and the Revs sent a front office staffer, Andrew Ball, to pick him up. The two men commuted back to York in this weekend’s snowstorm.
Ball will take over some of the duties former Revs director of baseball operations Michael Kirk undertook the last two seasons. Kirk left the Revs to work for the expansion Sugar Land Skeeters. Asked if Ball is a better driver than Kirk, Etch joked:
“Oh yeah, he’s got a better car too.”
5. York general manager Eric Menzer listened to the Revs championship-winning call by Revs play-by-play announcer Darrell Henry while on vacation in Europe. In his first full season with the Revs, Menzer had planned a vacation to Amsterdam long before the Revs clinched a playoff spot.