Mail bag: We have our first winner

Lori is taking home the free Revs tickets this week.

If you didn’t win this week, cheer up. This will be a weekly event at Inside Pitch. You ask questions, and our resident strong man from Youngstown — Will Hanlon — will pick the winners at random. (Good questions, bad questions, superb questions: He doesn’t care.) And if you have a problem with his selections, did we mention he’s from Youngstown?

Before we answer this week’s questions, remember we’ll be giving out more free tickets next week.

But we have to make you work for them. Our new weekly feature — the Inside Pitch mail bag — relies on YOU, dear reader, and if you participate, you’ll get a chance to win two vouchers to a future York Revolution home game. Here’s how it works:

  • Post your Revs question in the comments section of this blog post. You have until 3 p.m. Friday, June 8, to submit a question. Posting your comment is your entry into a random drawing for two vouchers to a future York Revolution home game.
  • Check back on the blog on Saturday: We’ll answer one of the submitted questions, and we’ll announce which random commenter won the ticket vouchers.
  • So comment on this post, ask a question, and impress Youngstown Will. You just might win some tickets.

Be creative with your questions: Something you’re curious about, our insight into the team, predictions for the season or trivia that you haven’t been able to answer. Questions with a “yes” or “no” answer aren’t any fun, and the better the question, the more likely we are to answer it! Check back each Saturday to see the latest delivery from the mail bag. We’ll keep it going until we run out of tickets or you run out of Revs questions. And now some answers …

Last week’s questions:

Question: Whatever happened to the “little person” the Revs were trying out that one past spring training?

Answer: The Revs shortest player, Dave Flood (pictured above) — who is also known as “Dave the Dwarf” — returned to the Tampa area after his failure to make the 2009 Revolution squad. He went 0-for-3, striking out three times despite standing just 3 feet, 2 inches. He joined the Revs as an experiment to see if little people could be useful in baseball, primarily at drawing walks. He’s the only Revs player that was ever wheeled onto the field in a grocery cart.

Flood was featured in a story on dwarf tossing in April’s Huffington Post. The man still likes the spotlight.

Question: What has been the Revs most memorable win and why?

Answer: Revs 1-0 victory in Game 5 of the 2010 Atlantic League Divisional Series against Somerset. York had never won a playoff game before that season, let alone a postseason series. York manager Andy Etchebarren declared before the season that he was going to “take out” two-time defending champion Somerset. And that ruffled some egos. Yet the upstart Revs managed to pull off a win and would go on to bring home the first of two league championships the following week.

Add in the drama of a prolonged scoreless draw. Add in a wild, late-game bunt by James Shanks that led to a throwing error that eventually resulted in the game’s only run. Add in the circus-like atmosphere of Josh Pressley‘s first game back in York after his father’s ejection for screaming at Etchebarren in Game 2. Add in the York fans’ chants of “Who’s your daddy?” during every Pressley at-bat (a tradition that finally died down this year). Add in the fact Etchebarren was just days away from undergoing back surgery for pain that had sidelined him for parts of the season. All of that made it the Revs’ most memorable game.

Question: What team will win the War of the Roses this season?

Answer: Seriously? I have to answer this question? Seriously?

York.

If you want some Lancaster love, start talking to John Walk. He eats Rally Roni for breakfast. At least that’s what I hear. And I could have sworn I saw him rattle a cowbell at Clipper Magazine Stadium once.

Question: Did the Revs make a push to sign Nick Schumacher from last year’s team?

Answer: Yes, but he had signed a contract in the American Association in 2011 that included a club option for 2012. Sioux City picked up the option.

Question: Do the fans inspire you to play better?

Answer: They inspire me to write better. Or is it write gooder?

Question: Any streakers at the park yet?

Answer: DownTown has been known to let his — or is it a her? — blue fur fly. (Thank God no humans have tried it. Seriously, have you seen York fans?)

Question: If the Harrisburg team were to move, thus allowing the Revolution to … become a farm team for a MLB team, would the Revolution jump at the chance (to become affiliated) or remain in the Atlantic League?

Answer: The Senators aren’t going anywhere, even if they decided to remodel their ballpark on an island that repeatedly floods. (Hey, there’s some good taxpayer money at work. Can we just throw some money directly into the Susquehanna next time?)

That said, York will never have an affiliated team as long as ODP owns the Revs. Just look at ODP’s track record. They own four teams — plus operate another — in the Atlantic League. They’re arguably the best group at building stadiums and planting teams in all of independent baseball. And some would say they’re the best in minor league baseball, period. The Atlantic League might as well fold if ODP left.

And remember, ODP knows how to run both types of franchises. They owned and operated several affiliated franchises in the 1980s and 90s. Yet, they haven’t returned to the affiliated ranks.

Question: If the losing continues, will the Revs ditch their new uniforms and wear the old ones to “reverse the curse”?

Answer: No. But an exorcism isn’t out of the question.

Uniforms cost money, holy men not so much.

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16 Responses to Mail bag: We have our first winner

  1. Sarah m says:

    What other names were considered when selecting the team name? We love to yell revolutioooooonnnn but what could we have yelled?

  2. Deb Reed says:

    Since the All Star game will not be held in York this year are there any plans for some buses to take fans to the game. Should be people interested since the All Star game was really nice in York last year.

  3. Mark Damon says:

    While we are aware of the many team records, does anyone know which fan has attended the most Revolution games?

  4. Cassie Sarago says:

    Does the ballpark plan to add seats on top of the leftfield wall like Boston has?

  5. Jessica Macek says:

    Where is Youngstown?

  6. Mike M says:

    How long had plans been in the works for York to get its very own baseball team?

  7. Jerri Zimmerman says:

    I am a die hard Rev’s fan however is it just me or have they lost some of that Zip, energy, sometimes when they come out on the field I feel like they may be depressed I want to see them come out FIRED UP!

  8. Amber says:

    Any fun events planned at the stadium this summer? Besides games that is.

  9. Chrissy Sparks says:

    We are new to the state and area and havent been to a game yet…Do you guys ever have a big family fun day?? Or do you guys have a kids club?

  10. Barb Anderson says:

    Does DownTown have a girlfriend? Philly Phanatic has Phyllis, shouldn’t DT have a main squeeze?

  11. Erika Sentz says:

    What does the Revolution offer to draw Students in to the games?

  12. Teresa Arredondo says:

    Who is the rev’s biggest rival and what is their record?

  13. Carrie says:

    What is the Revs favorite team to play and why?

  14. Tom says:

    Do teams in the Atlantic League have a salary cap? and what do the top players earn a season?

  15. Matthew Kessler says:

    The Revs have not been around for long, but since their inception who is your all-time favorite player and why?

  16. Adam says:

    Why the new uniforms and logo design? What has been the reaction to the redesign?