BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues have not played well or consistently at home this season, sporting a 7-7 record at Muzzy Field, including four consecutive losses in the last four home games prior to the All-Star break.
Those defeats featured a bit of everything: a blowout loss, a nail-biting defeat via home run derby and a high-scoring affair with 23 combined runs as the Blues’ frantic ninth-inning comeback fell short.
The club now gets the chance to correct that, with a three-game homestand against the Brockton Rox, Worcester Bravehearts and Westfield Starfires coming out of the All-Star break.
Following a road game Sunday to face the Nashua Silver Knights, the Blues will have three more home games, two against Nashua and one against the Pittsfield Suns.
“It’s exciting. We love playing at Muzzy,” Blues manager Ronnie Palmer said. “I know we haven’t been playing our best baseball here, but it’s fun being in front of the home fans and being at Muzzy. I think it’s the best park in the league and has the best atmosphere in the league.”
Unfortunately for those fans at Muzzy - who have seen a few thrilling victories at home but also some inconsistent play - the Blues have actually played better on the road.
“As far as the outcomes are concerned, hopping on the bus and being structured with our schedule, that’s really kind of paid off for us so far,” Palmer said. “But hopefully after the All-Star break, our legs will be back under us and we can play the brand of baseball that’s made us successful thus far in the summer in front of our home fans, because they deserve it.”
Palmer says he wouldn’t be surprised to see a great turnout on Thursday or over the weekend once the FCBL season gets back underway.
“I hope we’ll get big crowds. I think the Blues have a fan base that is full of baseball savvy individuals and they’re into the game, and I think they enjoy the team,” Palmer said. “The fans that have been out this summer have enjoyed the boys and the opportunity to see them play. It’s a good group of kids.
“There are a lot of things going on in this neck of the woods in New England. There are a lot of pro sports that people have the opportunity to go see. But I think this team is putting in a good brand of baseball.”
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