Hagerstown Suns - Out with the old ...

October 13, 2000

Hagerstown Suns - Out with the old ...

Suns clubhouse sale brings together past, present

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

For a few brief hours on Saturday, it will seem like time will be standing still at Municipal Stadium.

The Hagerstown Suns will be hosting a Clubhouse Sale, baseball's version of a yard sale with old uniforms, equipment and souvenirs being put on the block for clearance. But at the same time, it will also be one of those rare instances where the past, the present and the future will all be in one place.

"A lot of people will have a different reasons for being here," Suns general manager David Blenckstone said. "For some who collect memorabilia, they will be here to get things to collect. For others, it will be sentimental. A lot of people were attached to the players and affiliation over the years."


The sale will be held in the Suns clubhouse, with the doors opening to the public at 11 a.m., following a private sale for members of the Suns Fan Club.

It will offer a piece of Suns heritage, signaling the end of the Toronto Blue Jay's eight-year era in Hagerstown to usher in the affiliation with the San Francisco Giants for the 2001 season. Fans will also have to opportunity to get a look at the Suns clubhouse, the secret place where players disappear to after games.

"After 14 years with Toronto, I had mixed emotions about (the change)," Blenckstone said. "It was something we knew was the best for the franchise, but you build a lot of personal relationships over the years."

The Suns considered having the sale in their front office or out in the stadium parking lot. Instead, Suns management chose to hold the event on some of baseball's hallowed ground.

"This is a rare opportunity for the fans to see the inside of the clubhouse," Blenckstone said. "Back when the Double-A team left, they took all their equipment with them to Bowie. A lot of people would have liked to get some of that stuff."

The clubhouse drips with recent nostalgia.

Against one wall are stacks of nameplates which were sewn on the backs of the players' uniforms. They are arranged alphabetically - from Albaral to Zepeda and Zosky - allowing fans to reminisce about players who have played for Hagerstown.

Each locker is stocked as if the players were still in town. Each stop has all the uniform and hat combinations the players wore, sorted by number. There are four different uniform shirts and two pairs of pants along with three different styles of hats. There will also be warmup jackets and used bats for sale.

The Suns will also have the rest of their t-shirts, golf shirts and souvenirs bearing Toronto colors for sale. Refreshments will be served for the sale which will last as long as there are items to sell.

"We want to give the fan club members the first chance to buy anything they want because they have faithfully backed the team and many of them have become attached to the Toronto players. It's going to be real different next year. This will give everyone a chance to buy a piece of history."

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