B.A.T. attends the South Atlantic League All-Star Game
B.A.T. Director, Erik Nilsen attended the South Atlantic League All-Star game in Hickory, NC on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. Enjoy the summary of his experience below!
I arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina at 8:00 am and was immediately greeted and picked up at the airport by Hickory Crawdads Intern, Jay Johnson. Jay, a current student at the University of North Carolina was very excited to be interning for the Crawdads this summer and liked being a general intern because he could get experience doing a number of things involved for a Minor League Baseball team.
After getting dropped off at the Crowne Plaza, I only had a couple of minutes to settle in before heading to the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon at the Crossing at Hollar Mill. I sat at a table with 3 South Atlantic League All-Stars – Trey Mancini, Mike Yastrzemski & Kevin McGowan. Mike (Grandson of Carl Yastrzemski) & Trey are prospects of the Baltimore Orioles while Kevin plays for the New York Mets organization. The 4 people that were inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame were George Murphy, Luther Beaver, Charles Young & Randy Ingle. CLICK HERE to learn more about each member of the 2014 South Atlantic League Inductees.
At 3 pm, Eric Krupa, the South Atlantic League President was so kind to give B.A.T. 15 minutes to present to the South Atlantic League Team Presidents and GM’s. It was the first time that many of the GM’s actually heard about B.A.T. and they were so thankful and gracious to hear that there’s a safety net for full-time benefits eligible employees in Minor League Baseball. After following up with each GM after the meetings, I’m happy to report that they all have passed along the B.A.T. flyer to their staff to further deliver the message.
As for the game, the players did not disappoint! The game actually ended in a 4-4 tie through 10 innings. They ended in 10 due to a pre-determined rule that the All-Star event wouldn’t go beyond 10 innings. CLICK HERE for a recap of the game.
In closing, I got to meet two additional players from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization on my way back to the airport. Both Reese McGuire and Eric Weiss learned about B.A.T. for the first time.