T-Bones

Skydivers entered CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night to launch the T-Bones' regular season. (Fan photo)
Skydivers entered CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night to launch the T-Bones’ regular season. (Fan photo)

With skydivers, motorcycles, a grade school choir singing the national anthem, a speech by Unified Government Mayor Mark Holland and an appearance by the Bonner Springs VFW color guard, the Kansas City T-Bones kicked off the 13th regular season Friday night. And they did it with a 4-2 win over the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Set against a cloudy sky, the game never saw any rain. CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., was almost filled, despite the cooler temperatures Friday night. Attendance was 6,330.

The T-Bones’ performance was notable for good pitching from starter Fernando Hernandez, who went five innings, and great work from reliever Joe Van Meter and closer Kris Regas..

The T-Bones jumped out to an early first-inning 1-0 lead, then fell behind in the fourth inning, 2-1. It was in the eighth inning that the T-Bones finally pulled ahead, 4-2.

Brian Erie reached second base on a hit and a wild pitch in the eighth. Then Ryan Cavan hit the ball to the shortstop, and Erie tied the game on a bad throw to first. Adam Bailey next hit a double to score Cavan. Joe Rapp then singled to right and Bailey scored.

A rally by the Saltdogs in the ninth inning fell short.

A notable addition to this season opener was a new scoreboard at the stadium that highlighted players’ statistics and showed some replays.

The T-Bones had their usual fan-pleasing antics, throwing T-shirts to the audience, giving away chicken salad sandwiches if an opposing player was struck out, dancing to the “YMCA” song, and generally being so entertaining that the fans don’t seem to care too much whether the team wins or loses, or at the very least, the entertainment softens the blow when the fans’ favorites fall behind.

While located in Kansas City, Kan., the T-Bones’ audience gave its greatest applause of the night not to a play by the T-Bones, but to the announcement that the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0.

More of the same fan-pleasing entertainment is planned for Saturday night, when the T-Bones and Saltdogs will meet at 7:05 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. Fireworks are planned after the game. For ticket information, call 913-328-5618 or visit tbonesbaseball.com.

Motorcyclists also roared through CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night to kick off the regular season for the T-Bones. (Fan photo)
Motorcyclists also roared through CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night to kick off the regular season for the T-Bones. (Fan photo)

Motorcyclists roared through CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night to kick off the regular season for the T-Bones. (Fan photo)
Motorcyclists roared through CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night to kick off the regular season for the T-Bones. (Fan photo)

Motorcyclists gathered before the start of the regular season for the T-Bones on Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)
Motorcyclists gathered before the start of the regular season for the T-Bones on Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)

Motorcyclists gathered before the start of the T-Bones regular season on Friday night at the CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)
Motorcyclists gathered before the start of the T-Bones regular season on Friday night at the CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)

The KC Cryptonites were special guests of the T-Bones at the lineup before the start of the game Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)
The KC Cryptonites were special guests of the T-Bones at the lineup before the start of the game Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)

The KC Cryptonites were special guests of the T-Bones before the start of Friday night's game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)
The KC Cryptonites were special guests of the T-Bones before the start of Friday night’s game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)

The Bonner Springs VFW Post 6401 was the color guard for the season opening T-Bones game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night. (Fan photo)
The Bonner Springs VFW Post 6401 was the color guard for the season opening T-Bones game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark Friday night. (Fan photo)

T-Bones' pitcher Fernando Hernandez gave up four hits and two runs in five innings Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The T-Bones won, 4-2. (Fan photo)
T-Bones’ pitcher Fernando Hernandez gave up four hits and two runs in five innings Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The T-Bones won, 4-2. (Fan photo)

More action from the T-Bones' season opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)
More action from the T-Bones’ season opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)

More action from the T-Bones' season opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)
More action from the T-Bones’ season opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)

CommunityAmerica Ballpark has a new scoreboard this year. This was the scoreboard when catcher Brian Erie batted, just before he got a hit and tied the game. (Fan photo)
CommunityAmerica Ballpark has a new scoreboard this year. This was the scoreboard when catcher Brian Erie batted, just before he got a hit and tied the game. (Fan photo)

Some fans carried signs supporting T-Bones' players. (Fan photo)
Some fans carried signs supporting T-Bones’ players. (Fan photo)

Entertainment included dancing to the song, "YMCA," during a break in the action at Friday night's T-Bones home opener at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)
Entertainment included dancing to the song, “YMCA,” during a break in the action at Friday night’s T-Bones home opener at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)

Dancing during a break in the T-Bones' game Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)
Dancing during a break in the T-Bones’ game Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)

More eneertainment during the T-Bones' home opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)
More entertainment during the T-Bones’ home opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)

More entertainment during Friday night's T-Bones' season-opener at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)
More entertainment during Friday night’s T-Bones’ season-opener at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan. (Fan photo)

More entertainment during Friday night's T-Bones season-opener at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)
More entertainment during Friday night’s T-Bones season-opener at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)

Posing with the T-Bones' mascot, Sizzle, at the season-opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)
Posing with the T-Bones’ mascot, Sizzle, at the season-opener Friday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. (Fan photo)

The T-Bones will have free T-shirts, fireworks, and other special promotions coming up in the first five games of the season.

Today, on opening day of the regular season, there will be a free T-Bones T-Shirt sponsored by CommunityAmerica Credit Union given to the first 2,000 fans. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Friday against Lincoln at CommunityAmerica ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Saturday, there will be post-game fireworks scheduled by CommunityAmerica Credit Union. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. against Lincoln.

Sunday, pre-game player autographs will be sponsored by Savers, and special post-game fireworks are planned. The game is at 7:05 p.m. against Lincoln.

Tuesday, there is a T-Bones magnet schedule giveaway by Smile Generation to the first 5,000 fans. The game is at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux City.

Wednesday, there will be post-game catch on the field. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. against Sioux City.

Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618 or at tbonesbaseball.com.

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Opening day roster announced

The Kansas City T-Bones are scheduled to open the regular season at 7:05 p.m. Friday night against Lincoln at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan.

Manager John Massarelli is listing 23 active players on the opening day roster.

Nine players who finished the 2014 season with Kansas City are on the opening day roster including pitchers Casey Barnes, Kyle DeVore, Derek Loera, Jared Messer, the club’s Player of the Year Kris Regas and Joe VanMeter, along with shortstop Vladimir Frias, outfielder Robby Kuzdale, and catcher Brian Erie.

Among the 14 newcomers in 2015, seven have direct ties to Kansas City. Pitchers Aaron Baker and Blake Holovach, infielder Jake Blackwood, who played for the T-Bones during 2009-10, and utility player Nate Tenbrink all are from the Kansas City area.

Pitcher Josh Tols, who’s from Australia, played collegiately at Rockhurst University; outfielder Adam Bailey, who played at the University of Nebraska, lives in Overland Park; and outfielder C.J. Henry played basketball at the University of Kansas.

One player, pitcher Fernando Hernandez, has major-league experience, while Bailey, Frias, Regas, and Tenbrink all have reached triple-A during their careers.

In order to get the roster to 23 players, the T-Bones released pitcher Garrett Granitz and outfielder Jordan Hurtt.

The T-Bones open their 13th regular season on May 22 against Lincoln at 7:05 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

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