June 3, 2007 June 2, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Matt Hirsh (Photo: Ashmore)
Headlines: Hirsh Answers Questions…
Top Story – Hirsh Answers Questions: In the first of what is hopefully a series of “Ask The New Guy” pieces, York Revolution P Matt Hirsh has taken the time to answer a fan-submitted question. For more on Matt and his brother Jason, make sure you check out hirshbrothers.com
This will probably go down as the tale of two seasons: One without a home, and then moving into the stadium in York. How much of a toll does it play, not having any home games? You got a taste of what the Road Warriors go through. Do you think a team could every win a championship playing all their games on the road? Does it get you down not playing home games and traveling everywhere?
Not having a home field definately takes a toll on the team. Many have considered us the Road Warriors: Part 2, which is pretty true. We won’t have our first home game until June 15th, so we still have another 2 weeks on the road. The one thing that does get to me a little bit is playing our “home” games at Camden. When we play these games there is a crowd about about 20 or so, which makes it difficult to get motivated to play. The fans are the reason we play the game and when there is no crowd it feels like it doesn’t matter if we win or lose. The road trips aren’t too bad and I guess it could be worse. It’s a good thing that our longest trip is only 5 hours up to Bridgeport. Otherwise, I think if the bus rides were a little longer it would just make it that much more miserable. As far as being on the road and not having any fans, it can get pretty disheartening. We’ve had a few fans at some of our Camden and Lancaster games, which is always nice, but I think once we finally get into our home stadium the fanbase is going to be great. From what I’ve heard it sounds like we’re going to sell out every game.
I think any team can win a championship. I definately think the odds are stacked against you if you play for the Road Warriors because you are constantly on the road and living in a hotel. Not only that, but not having any fanbase makes things just a little bit more difficult. I’m sure there are a few Road Warrior fans out there but they’re not going to outnumber whoever they are playing. I think if the team is good enough and they put it all together, anybody can win a championship, even the Road Warriors.
For me, I doesn’t get to me too much playing on the road a lot. I think of it this way; if we get all of our road games out of the way this early then we’ll be at home the rest of the time. If you look out our schedule, once we open up at home on June 15th, we only have 10 more road trips scattered in between the 3 months of the season; most of those being only 3 day trips. I guess we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak in that once we’re finished playing our “home” games in Camden then we get to be home for pretty much the rest of the season. Also, I think it’s a little easier for me because this is only my second season (first full season) of professional baseball. Other guys who’ve been playing for 6 or 7 years aren’t accustomed to being on the road so much and I don’t think they’re taking to kindly to it. We’re all taking it in stride and like I heard our Manager Chris Hoiles say once, “We’re just going to have to be the best road team in the league.”
We haven’t had the best conditions being on the road and also being a new team to the league, but things are starting to shape up. I’ll admit, at the beginning of the season I thought it was going to be quite difficult to be on the road so much, but now that we’re almost through, it hasn’t been too bad. You can’t make everyone happy and there are few guys upset with the conditions, but you can’t please everybody all the time. I know they’re trying their best to get the field done so we can play some ball and I know that everybody in York will be in attendance that first game we play at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Thanks for the question Jeff.
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Sunday Photo Gallery:
Ramon Castro has a hug waiting for Victor Rodriguez…
The Bears celebrate in the dugout after Javier Colina’s three-run bomb.
Joe Jiannetti, hitting streak record holder
The obligatory Wayne Krenchicki shot
John Pachot in the bullpen…
Keith Reed stretches before the game
Jeriome Robertson makes his season debut…
(All Photos: Ashmore)
I’d Love To Write Positive Things About York, But…: Articles like this one by Jim Seip that tell me that the sod isn’t in, some sections have no seats, the outfield walls haven’t been installed and they have no clubhouse…yeah, not that easy. – Mike Ashmore
The All-Pride Team: The former A.L. team, the Nashua Pride, released their 10th Annual All-Pride team recently. Here’s a rundown:
LF GLENN MURRAY
RF FELIX JOSE
CF MILT CUYLER
1B D.J. BOSTON
2B JOE KILBURG
SS TONY RODRIGUEZ
3B PORK CHOP POUGH
DH BRIAN BECKER
C DAMIAN SAPP
P DENNY HARRIGER – Scott Stanchak