Fans return to support Bristol Blues opening day

Published on Thursday, 9 June 2022 18:34
Written by Dean Wright


BRISTOL – With summer getting underway, the Bristol Blues made their return against the Danbury Westerners at opening night on Muzzy Field as fans gathered to support players at the historic field.

The Blues are going into their sixth season at Muzzy Field, Blues Director of Community Development Sarah Lucian said.

“I personally find it so important to have a place like Muzzy Field for families to come to and spend time together outside in the summer, away from technology, and a positive environment for those who love and admire baseball and to be together to have fun,” said Lucian. 

Lucian said it made for an affordable night for families or dates to get out and experience Bristol.

Each of the Blues’ home games will feature a themed night with many of them recognizing groups of individuals or causes. The first will feature “Hometown Heroes” Friday and the next on June 14 will recognize the LGBT community with “Pride Night.” “Alzheimer’s Night’ in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association will bring awareness to disease prevention and treatment efforts on June 15 and “Community Night” with the United Way will be held June 17. A special fireworks night will be hosted by the City of Bristol July 3.

Military and first responder appreciation events are also slated throughout the summer season. Lucian said those in the Bristol and greater Bristol community are always welcomed to attend.

Blues Assistant General Manager Aiden Reilly said the team has a strong community focus and that many of its players are often hosted with families in the Bristol area.

“The community is always supportive and happy to see the Blues back in town,” said Reilly. “You’ll see them walking around in blue jerseys and saying they can’t wait for the game tonight or that they knew a host family and can’t wait to see the player.”

As a time honored tradition, guests are often invited to toss the first pitch at a Blues game.

“I am excited!” said Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano. “The Blues offer great family entertainment and I am honored to be able to kick off their season with a first pitch. Personally, it brings me back to the days of when the Bristol Red Sox played here and developed some of the greatest like Wade Boggs, Jim Rice and Fred Lynn.”

James Briggs said he was happy to be out and to see the Blues playing again and that he had been visiting Muzzy Field since the Red Sox had played there.

“I’ve been coming my whole life,” he said of Muzzy Field. “My favorite memory is when I played the Queen in Her Court and the King in His Court. It was softball game and a fundraiser. They were like a professional team. It was the whole softball team just against those guys. You were guaranteed to lose.”

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