In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees take on York to open their second franchise season one year to the day from their inaugural game. First pitch at 6:35 PM! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The Bees open the 2017 regular season by taking on the same opponent in the same venue as they did to open up their inaugural season one year ago. Last season, York was victorious in the season series. This is the first of 20 meetings between York and New Britain this season, and the first of 10 at New Britain Stadium.
TICKETS: BUY HERE | Available at the New Britain Stadium Box Office | Call 860-826-BEES
PROMOTIONS: It’s Opening Day presented by Advanced Physical Therapy! The first 1,000 fans through the gates will take home a Bees magnetic schedule courtesy of Advanced Physical Therapy. It’s also Friday, which means it’s Fat Tire Friday and Foul Pole Friday! Fans will have a chance to participate in weekly Fat Tire giveaways, and if JAMES SKELTON, this week’s designated player, hits a home run off of a foul pole, one lucky fan will win $50,000! After the game, stick around for a postgame fireworks extravaganza!
The Bees: The New Britain Bees begin the 2017 regular season after concluding spring training play on Monday, April 17. The official roster was announced yesterday, as well as the starting rotation. Casey Coleman, who has MLB experience pitching with the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, will get the nod for the Bees to make his first opening day start of his career.
The Opposition: The York Revolution ended last season at 76-64, taking home the Freedom Division crown in the first half. In the postseason, they went swept by the Sugar Land Skeeters in the first round.
Key to the Game- This time, it’s real: Now that spring training has ended and each player has gotten their share of playing time in, the regular season begins now. Each game has its own significance and weight, from opening day to the last day of the regular season. Look for the Bees to start out strong, set the pace early, and strive to keep the pace going throughout the entire season.
Bees Buzz: The Bees have 14 returning players on their roster this season, as well as many new faces, including several with Major League experience…Jon Griffin is currently 4 home runs away from 100 in his professional career…Jovan Rosa is currently 2 hits away from 800 in his professional career, as well as 1 double away from 200 in his professional career.
About the New Britain Bees
The New Britain Bees are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, playing all home games at New Britain Stadium. Opening Night is tonight, April 21st against the York Revolution, with first pitch at 6:35 PM. Tickets for the 2017 season, including Season Tickets and Mini-Plans, are available by calling 860-826-BEES (2337), online at NBBees.com, or by visiting the New Britain Bees’ Front Office.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.