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Archive for November, 2011

Remembering 2011: DeMark Hoping a Few More Lessons Will Lead to the Majors

In case you missed an issue of the “York Revolutionary Times” this past season, we’ll be re-running columns by staff writer Ron Gardner here on the blog on Tuesdays.  In our second installment, Ron takes a look at pitcher Mike DeMark and his pitching mentor, Matt DeSalvo.  The two were college teammates at Marietta College in Ohio, only to be reunited years later with the Revolution.   


Sugar Shock

This is an artist’s rendering of StarTex Power Field, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters.  Disregard the videoboard however, as it’s come out that the actual video board will be eight stories high and in the shape of Texas.  That will make it easy to describe outages, i.e. “uh-oh, we have trouble in El Paso, or Dallas just went dark,”  and so on and so forth.  But I digress.  Believe it or not, the Revolution are just five months away from playing in the inaugural game at StarTex Power Field against the Skeets on April 26.  Construction is on time and going smoothly, and the Skeeters recently posted this photo gallery on their website.  It’s coming along quite nicely.  It’s been real, Road Warriors.

-Paul Braverman

Remembering 2011: A Friendship Born of Mutual Respect

In case you missed an issue of the “York Revolutionary Times” this past season, we’ll be re-running columns by staff writer Ron Gardner here on the blog on Tuesdays.  In our first installment, Ron takes a look at the bond formed between Corey Thurman and Chris Walker, despite spending far more time as opponents instead of teammates. 


Liga de Beisbol Dominicano

Lorenzo Barcelo is currently starring for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League (photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

One final stop on our Caribbean winter tour, the Dominican Winter League, which in talking with players is held in the highest regard of all winter leagues it seems, just ahead of Venezuela.

This is also where Dominican native and Revs righty Lorenzo Barcelo has shined this winter.  (more…)

Tickets make great stocking stuffers at Black Friday event

In case you haven’t yet heard, the Revolution are holding a special one-day ticket sale this Black Friday, November 25 in the Apple Chevrolet Ticket office at Sovereign Bank Stadium.  Other than purchasing season tickets or a partial season plan (which you can do by the way by calling 717-801-HITS), this Friday will be the only chance to purchase Revs individual game tickets before they go on sale for good in February.  Starting midnight on Wednesday, there will also be a temporary link on the homepage of to purchase tickets to any home game for the 2012 season.  That link will be active through the end of “Cyber Monday” on November 28.  Here is the full rundown from… (more…)

More winter ball

R.J. Rodriguez photo courtesy of Joe Doll

Well I believe it’s time for another tour of a winter league.  First an update on Revs currently in other leagues that we had looked at previously… (more…)

Eric Menzer named Central PA’s most powerful person in sports

Eric Menzer presents 2010 Atlantic League MVP Scott Grimes with his championship ring on opening day 2011, as Peter Kirk looks on.

The Central Penn Business Journal has compiled a list of the most powerful people in the area in a variety of categories.  Revolution President & General Manager Eric Menzer has been named Central Pennsylvania’s most powerful person in sports.

Here is the article on Menzer from CPBJ.

Here is the full list of the most powerful people in Central PA, if you’re interested.

2012 home game times announced

The Revolution have announced the start times for their 2012 home games.  As in 2011, nearly all Monday through Saturday games will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Sunday games will begin at 5 p.m., with the exception of the two Sunday home dates in Septmeber, when the Revs will play at 1 p.m. on 9/2 and 9/16.  Fans should also make note of the following special 11 a.m. game times…

Wednesday, May 2:  Baseball in Education Day #1
Thursday, May 3:  Baseball in Education Day #2
Wednesday, July 11:  Camp/Senior/Business Person’s Special
Saturday, September 15:  Game one of a day-night doubleheader.  Game 1 is at 11 a.m., Game 2 will be at the usual 6:30 start time.  The games are separate admission. 


(Coach) Keoni joins the Pirates

York Daily Record Revolution beat writer Jim Seip is reporting that former Revs infielder and fan favorite Keoni DeRenne has accepted a minor league coaching job with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  This news comes on the heels of recently retired Vince Harrison also joining the minor league coaching ranks with Pittsburgh, the organization where his brother Josh is projected to be the everyday Major League third baseman in 2012. 


Re-live the Revs’ championship clincher this Saturday morning

Sports Radio 1350 WOYK is re-airing the Revs’ 2011 championship clincher this Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until noon.  Start your weekend off by tuning in to re-live one of the greatest days in Revolution history, with the full three-hour broadcast being aired commercial-free.  For our out-of-town listeners, you can tune in on and search “York Revolution” to access the audio stream.  Enjoy!

My first movie review

I’m going to take a crack at this for the first time here on the blog.  I don’t know what I’m supposed to critique, or if I’m supposed to give it a number out of 10, or what they normally do, and I know there are folks that watch movies and review them for a living… what a gig.  But I went to see Moneyball for the first time this weekend, and I… (more…)

Atlantic League Baseball > High School Soccer (UPDATE in the comments, justice has been served!)

The other day York Daily Record Revolution beat writer Jim Seip complained via twitter that too much time has passed since my last rant on the blog, (click to enlarge):

Well, I hope this counts Seip:  The Perry Hall High School boy’s soccer team in Nottingham, Maryland had the rest of their season cancelled for celebrating a playoff win on a last-minute goal with the Berney dance, perfected by Corey Thurman and company before each of his home starts during 2011.  Yes you read that correctly, they were removed from the playoffs for Movin’ Like Bernie.  Obviously, high school soccer in Maryland is not governed by Atlantic League commish Joe Klein, a fellow resident of the Old Line State, Free State, Little America and America in Miniature (yes, I looked it up, and apparently those are all of Maryland’s nicknames).  Klein showed no aversion to “Movin’ Like Berney” when he visited for a Thurm start, and I even think I saw him laugh at it once even if he didn’t realize it was a hip-hop craze sweeping the nation.  I mean, we’ve all seen Weekend at Bernie’s I and II multiple times right? 


Looking even further south…

Ramon Castro is the lone current Revolution player in the Venezuelan Winter League

Time for another winter ball update, this time a few coordinates to the south and the Venezuelan Winter League. (more…)

Behind the scenes at Revs’ celebration

No doubt one of the highlights from yesterday’s celebration at City Hall honoring the Revs for their 2011 Atlantic League championship was the surprise visit from Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, who stood alongside his pal Etch during the ceremonies.  But what stood out to me from yesterday was seeing the interaction between the two as former teammates from the greatest era in Baltimore Orioles history. (more…)