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Aeros connecting to community

8/22/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Few people realize the amount of work that goes into making baseball an enjoyable sport for the players and the spectators.

The Akron Aeros have a fantastic resource in their batting cages to better their hitting during the game. The cages have a projector that simulates the pitcher of the upcoming game and the ball is thrown at a speed relative to that pitcher.

The coaches make an effort to know their players and know what pushes each individual to do their best.

The press box is full of employees and interns who monitor the cameras, announcers, scoreboard technicians, broadcasters for the radio and reporters for the newspaper.

The Akron Aeros are making an effort to reconnect to the community, under new ownership, in a number of ways, one being social networks. Throughout the games, there is a constant stream of live updates being posted to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Friday and Saturday nights have a firework show at the conclusion of the game, and Sundays are Family FUNdays at Canal Park. The activities that make Sundays full of family fun include the Diaper Derby, which is a race to see which of two selected children can change a baby doll’s diaper full of chocolate syrup the quickest; a Kids Stampede race; Break the Ice, an activity where one child tries to break an ice block by throwing a baseball at it; and many chances to win prizes.

This past weekend, the stadium had an extraordinary turn out, including a sell out on Saturday night (Aug. 17).

The game on Sunday, Aug. 18, had 4,848 fans in attendance. Third baseman Jose Ramirez made a shocking steal from third base to home plate during the third inning, putting the Aeros in the lead.

Brett Brach, the Aeros starting pitcher, pitched six innings and was followed by Trey Haley, Jeff Johnson and Jose Flores. The Reading Fightin Phils’ starting pitcher Jesse Biddle was replaced by Hector Neris and then Colby Shreve. Neris was thrown out of the game for intentionally hitting the Aeros’ Jesus Aguilar in the arm, directly following a homerun by Cedric Hunter. Aguilar was aiming to surpass the record for RBI’s in Canal Park during the game. The game ended in a 4-1 victory for the Akron Aeros.


Editor’s note: The West Side Leader and the Akron Aeros are presenting an opportunity for young, aspiring journalists to see what it’s like to cover a professional baseball team for a day. For every Sunday game through Aug. 25, selected students in fourth through 11th grades will have an opportunity to take part in the West Side Leader’s Journalism Days at Canal Park.

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