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Fan Fest will be Saturday, April 21: Revolution vs. Susquehanna/Central All-Stars (and some stuff about spring training.)

Here’s some news and notes regarding the Revolution’s annual Fan Fest, which this year will be on Saturday, April 21:

  • The Revolution will play an exhibition game that day against the “York County All-Stars,” a collection of players from the Susquehanna and Central Leagues, to be chosen by each league.  The manager of the team is TBA.  This is the second time we’ve had this matchup, at Fan Fest 2009 the Revs defeated the York County All-Stars by the score of 18-1.  Among the highlights were Red Lion ace Shawn Hedrick starting for the opposition, and Hedrick would join the Revolution later in the season, making his professional debut as a 34-year-old rookie at Sovereign Bank Stadium.  Hedrick pitched admirably as a spot starter when the Revs rotation was nicked up by injuries.  He made four starts for the Revolution in 2009, and one more in 2010.  Glen Rock’s Fritz Allison also hit a monster double to center off Rick Bauer in the first inning, but it was pretty much all Revs from there.  Bauer would later leave the Revolution to finish ’09 in Taiwan, but the former Oriole also pitched in the big leagues for Cleveland a season prior in ’08.  Allison did play 37 professoinal games for Elmira in the Short-Season New York-Penn League in 1994, after signing with the Marlins as an undrafted free agent that year.  It was his only professional experience.
  • Hedrick still plays for Red Lion in the Susquehanna League, and former Revolution outfielder Jason Aspito is his teammate.  Aspito joined Red Lion after retiring from professional baseball after the 2009 season, when he also became the head baseball coach at Penn State-York.  Aspito was with the Revs beginning with the inaugural 2007 season, and his 24 home runs in 2008 was a single-season franchise record until Chris Nowak hit 25 last season.  Seeing that Aspito is the most experienced professional player in either league, there’s a good chance he and Hedrick will face their former squad in this exhibition game.  Aspito was a pro for 10 years, after being drafted by the White Sox in 2000, also spending time with the Angels, where he reached Triple-A in 2006.
  • Tickets for this game will be $5 for the general public, and $3 for Revolution season ticket holders.  Start time is at 1 p.m., and the Sovereign Bank Stadium gates will open at noon.  $1 of each ticket sold will go back to the Susquehanna and Central Leagues, so support your local baseball team by coming out.
  • The manager and the rosters will be announced at a later date in a press release.  Stay tuned for that announcement.
  • Fan Fest will also include a party on the Brooks Robinson Plaza as in years past, which will include a TBA country music show presented by WGTY.  It will be family friendly fun as usual!
  • The Revolution will be reporting to York on Friday, April 13 to begin spring camp workouts.  Between then and when they depart for Sugar Land on April 24 to open the season, they’ll have a handful of exhibition games including Fan Fest on the 21st.  Of course Lancaster will be on the exhibition schedule, and probably at least one game with Camden or Southern Maryland as well.  Sugar Land will actually be spending the week in York to train, so they’ll have nearby competition for exhibition games as well.  There will likely be at least two Revs-Skeeters matchups during spring training week.  The exhibition schedule will be posted online soon.  There won’t be an admission price for any exhibition games other than Fan Fest.

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