The Eastern League Championship series begins today. The Trenton Thunder host the Bowie Baysox in a best of five series. As the sign on the road to stadium says, “The Baysox will play for the championship!”
The Baysox experienced an incredible turn-around as they entered the second half of the season with a 30-38 record. They fought back and improved their record to 46-26 in the second half, for an overall record of 76-64. In the Eastern League, the first half winner plays the second half winner in the division series. On Saturday, the Baysox beat the first half champion Harrisburg Senators to get to this round of the playoffs. Check out the tweets below that document that moment.
Games 1 and 2 of the championship series will be held in Trenton, New Jersey, tonight and tomorrow night. The series will then move to Bowie, Maryland, for Game 3 on Thursday. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be played in Bowie on Friday and Saturday. Games 1-4 will start at 7:00. Game 5 begins at 6:35, if needed.
The Minor League Baseball playoffs are in full swing right now, though its not always easy to tell. In the Carolina League semi-final round, Lynchburg and Potomac are tied at one a piece as the series moves to Potomac tonight. There appears to be absolutely no video, however, of the two games they’ve already played in this series.
Fortunately, other leagues and teams have provided video and there are several games broadcast on MiLB.TV. Here are a few scenes from last night’s Eastern League game between the Trenton Thunder and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (New Hampshire leads the series 2-0):
Earlier this week, the baseball world paid tribute to Home Run Derby, the Bat Dog of the Trenton Thunder who died after a bout with cancer. In memoriam, Ben Hill of milb.com wrote a great piece today on baseball’s bat dogs. The Trenton Thunder announced that they will celebrate Derby Day on January 26th, Derby’s birthday.
Just to cheer us up a little, here is some adorable footage of Gleyber Torres playing with Derby and his son, Rookie:
Thanks for the memories, Derby! May you now get all the dog treats you want!