Beware of foul balls and bad pick up lines at Sovereign Bank Stadium

My friend Kourtney gets hit on constantly.

It doesn’t matter where we go. Bars, restaurants, the gym – men zero in on the girl. And who can blame them? She’s blonde, petite and easy on the eyes.

Anyone that hangs out with her gets used to it, but I was still floored by the very unique way Kourtney got hit on Thursday night.

Jill, Kourtney’s roommate, had picked up some free tickets to a York Revolution game at her new gig at Fox43, so we all headed to Sovereign Bank Stadium for a night of fraternizing with the enemy. (Everyone from Fox43 was very nice despite being our competition, by the way.)

Our bellies full of hotdogs, chips and a couple of sodas, we settled in to watch the game as the sun finally sank behind the stands. That’s also about the time when we noticed that the bullpen pitchers — sitting just a few feet in front of us — couldn’t stop looking in our direction.

As usual, Kourtney tried to play it off. It couldn’t be her, she said.

“Yeah, right,” the rest of us said, laughing.

Then, like clockwork, the ball arrived. Not a foul ball knocked awry into the stands, but a hand-delivered game ball plopped into Kourtney’s hands by a friendly usher. On it was a message, written in a pale blue marker. “Just wanted to say hi! #28 – Stephen :)”

On the back was his phone number. Seriously.

The infamous Kourtney Geers and on-field host Adam McCallister.

Even Kourtney didn’t quite know what had just happened. The girl has been hit on six ways to Sunday, but this was a first. The Fox43 crew around us busted up.

“Tell him to get his head in the game,” someone suggested.

Geers had a couple of her own saucy come backs in mind like ‘I know I’m a catch, but focus on your pitching.’

Not about to miss a chance to instigate, we texted some pictures of Kourtney’s prize to her boyfriend.

“Start a chant,” he commanded via text message. “’Throw it back. Throw it back.’”

Instead we tweeted at the Adam McCallister, the Revs on-field host. He paid us a visit and shared some stories about a visiting player who refused to leave one of the dancers alone. Then he scampered off to lead the crowd in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the seventh inning stretch.

We knew he was up to something when he pointed in our direction from atop the dugout.

“This is dedicated to the fan in Section 3, Row D, Seat 5,” he yelled, before the first bars of the song began. The crowd in the surrounding sections and the bullpen pitchers all turned to stare at Kourtney.

Ahhh, yes. A little embarrassment for the girl that men love to love never hurts. Kourtney turned red and sank into her seat, while her admirer/relief pitcher Stephen Penney went on to surprise us with a stellar inning of pitching.

Kourtney was less than charmed, but I’ll give Penney some points for originality. It was certainly a pick up line that I’ll never forget.

About Emily Opilo

City reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Email me at eopilo@ydr.com or call me at 717-771-2032. Follow me on Twitter @emilyopilo.
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