Minor Entertainment


Had been looking forward to taking in a Lakewood Blue Claws game, the “A” level affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, who are more competitive than their major league counterparts.  Aside from putting a better comparative product on the field, there’s the family entertainment.  Take for example Irish Heritage night, though we got there too late to be among the first 1500 fans to get the free green Irish special edition cap.  I think I know why they may have run out.






Was looking forward to seeing the Phillies heralded pitching prospect, the recently turned 19 year-old Sixto Sanchez, but he bumped up to the high A level in Clearwater.  Oh well, Mickey Moniak would surely be worth a look.  After all, the Phillies used the #1 overall pick in the draft last year to nab Moniak.  I couldn’t figure out Mickey’s stats were so pedestrian in basic A, but after watching him his struggles at the plate and in the field attest to a young ballplayer riddled with doubt and uncertainty.  Baseball can be a humbling game, and hopefully it isn’t an omen that when I typed in “Moniak” in the subject line of my email, Apple auto-converted it to “Minimal”!



Oh well … good think there’s always face painting and other family entertainment to take your mind off a tough game.  It’s almost enough to tempt us to go back for Beer Yoga Day at the Ballpark!






Archimedes was a famous Greek polymath, well-mown for his discovery of the relation between the surface and volume of a sphere and its circumscribing cylinder.  The Blue Claws don’t have an Archimedes, but they do have Arquimedes Gamboa whose name gives him an edge.  This is in contrast with other names that don’t exactly inspire confidence.


There were a few height mismatches at the ballpark, one between the BlueClaws manager who wasn’t able to see eye-to-eye with the home plate umpire.


Another mismatch was the gentleman in the seat in front of me.  Funny how when I purchased the tickets online, there was no mention that my seat behind on the first base side, a few rows above the Blue Claws dugout, came with an obstructed view!


But, all in all, a beautiful evening to be out at FirstEnergy Park!




About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to Minor Entertainment

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Please don’t let Moniak be a bust !

    • The odds don’t appear to be in his favor. The high majority of ultimately successful major leaguers don’t struggle in A ball for an entire season as badly as Moniak, particularly when they are a #1 draft pick. Hopefully the kid is just putting too much pressure on himself, and he’ll figure it out.

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