Mail bag: It’s not the size of the fruit on the kid…

The fruit race is always fun to watch. But is it fair? (Photo by Kate Harmon)

Out of the 11 people who commented and therefore got their names thrown in a digital version of a hat, Adam won this week’s set of ticket vouchers to a future Revolution game.

Sure, it’s luck, but way to go, Adam! We’ll be emailing you about how to pick up your vouchers.

So who’s next? Who else wants free tickets?

Well hold on just a moment. In line with the Atlantic League All-Star break, we’re also taking a week off from the mailbag feature. So the next chance to win those vouchers will be July 15.

In case you’re new here, here’s how it works:

Post your Revs question in the comments section of this blog post. You have until 3 p.m. Friday, July 15, 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 next Saturday: We’ll answer some of the submitted questions, and we’ll announce which random commenter won the ticket vouchers.

So comment on this post, ask a question, and 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 …

Question: What are the names of the REV’s current players that were formerly in the major leagues?

Answer: That, and a whole bunch of other Revs info can be found on our website but here’s a quick breakdown. Keep in mind when I say organization, he didn’t necessarily play a game in the majors. He might have only been a part of their farm teams, but nonetheless part of their organizations.

  • Matt Chico, had stints with the Diamondbacks (2006) and Nationals (2006-11) organizations.
  • James Houser, had stints with the Devil Rays (2006-09) and Marlins (2010) organizations
  • Chris Waters, had stints with the Braves (2006), Orioles (2007-09) and Brewers (2010) organizations.
  • Ramon Castro, had stints with the Athletics (2004) and Giants (2009) organizations
  • Liu Rodriguez, had a stint with the White Sox (1999) organization
  • Travis Scott, had stints with the Mariners (2006-09) and Pirates (2011) organizations.
  • Corey Thurman, had stints with the Blue Jays (2002-03) and Brewers (2006-07) organizations. (Thanks, Emily)

I’m pretty sure that’s it, but if I missed someone, Jim will let me know.

Question: Is there any one section that is better to sit in?

Answer: I wouldn’t say there’s any one section better to sit in, but I’d probably avoid a couple of sections if I had a choice.

Looking at the map (right), you’ll see Sections 1 and 2 are angled toward home plate, giving you a good view of what’s going on in the infield without having to turn your head the whole time. But, if there’s any action to right and right-center field, you really have no idea what’s happening and kind of have to judge by crowd reaction whether a ball was caught and dropped. I haven’t sat in Sections 25 and 26, but I’d guess it’s a similar experience.

Question: The banana seems to have an unfair advantage during the fruit race. Have you thought about giving the grapes a head start?

Answer: The fruit race just might be one of the most popular thing for Revs fans. A bunch of kids wearing fruit costumes running around the bases … what’s not to like?

Not all the participants in the fruit race always finish, like this poor little guy. (Photo by Kate Harmon)

As someone who lost a PBR pounder on a race (oh hush, like you’ve never bet on a fruit race), I’ll tell you.

The banana doesn’t always have the advantage. In fact, after studying the race for about two minutes, the fruit doesn’t play all that much of a factor. You ever hear the old saying, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog?” Well it’s not the size of the fruit on the kid, it’s the size of the kid in the fruit.

Sure, it’s cute seeing four little tykes making their way around the bases, but I’ve been to enough Revs games where not all the participants always finish the race. On the night I did the dollar hot dog night challenge, the banana took off running for home (the wrong way), got about 5 feet, stopped, quit and cried. Poor feller.

What I’d like to see is people a little older do the race. Like, say four high school kids who want to embarrass themselves but at least will make a fun race to watch. Or, even better, four grown men. Or four old ladies.

Actually, if you have ideas on how to improve the fruit race, leave that as a comment and I’ll count that as an entry into the random drawing for the two free vouchers.

 

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3 Responses to Mail bag: It’s not the size of the fruit on the kid…

  1. Emily says:

    How could you forget Corey Thurman? He played for the Toronto Bluejays.

  2. william hanlon says:

    You’re absolutely right, Emily. Good catch. He also did some work in AA and AAA for the Brewers in 2006 and 2007.

    And your keen eye gets you an extra name in the digital hat for our next Revs vouchers drawing.

  3. Adam says:

    Great! Looking forward to a game!

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