BRISTOL – As the summer got under way, the Bristol Blues made their comeback against the Danbury Westerners on opening night on Muzzy Field as fans gathered to support the players on the historic ground.
The Blues are entering 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 and spend time together outdoors in the summer, away from technology, and a positive environment for those who love and admire baseball and sports. to be together for fun,” Lucien said.
Lucian said it made for an affordable night out for families or dates to hang out and experience Bristol.
Each of the Blues‘ home games will feature a theme night, many of which will recognize groups of individuals or causes. The first will feature “Hometown Heroes” on 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 raise awareness of disease prevention and treatment efforts on June 15 and “Community Night” with United Way will take place on June 17. A special evening of fireworks will be hosted by the City of Bristol on July 3.
Military and first responder appreciation events are also scheduled throughout the summer season. Lucian said residents of Bristol and the greater Bristol community are always welcome.
Blues assistant general manager Aiden Reilly said the team had a strong community focus and many of their players were often staying with families in the Bristol area.
“The community is always supportive and happy to see the Blues back in town,” Reilly said. “You’ll see them walking around in blue shirts and saying they can’t wait for tonight’s game or they knew a host family and they can’t wait to see the player.”
According to an age-old tradition, guests are often asked to throw out the first pitch at a Blues game.
“I am excited!” Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano said. “The Blues provide great family entertainment and I’m honored to be able to start their season with a first pitch. Personally, it takes me back to when the Bristol Red Sox played here and developed some of the greats like Wade Boggs, Jim Rice and Fred Lynn.
James Briggs said he was happy to be away and see the Blues play again and had visited Muzzy Field since the Red Sox played there.
“I’ve been coming all my life,” he said of Muzzy Field. “My favorite memory is when I played the queen in her court and the king in her court. It was a softball game and a fundraiser. They were like a pro team. It was the whole team of fair softball against these guys. You were guaranteed to lose.