Steve Frey

It was an All-American type of night in Pulaski. The Yankees provided the fireworks on July 3 during the game, beating the Elizabethton Twins 4-1, and then offered additional fireworks in a magnificent show of light and sound after the game ended.

Yes, this was an Independence Day celebration to remember.

There was an old-fashioned pie-eating contest between innings. Not sure if they were All-American apple pies or not, but the two children competing gave it their all and devoured most of their individual delicacies. There was also a hot dog eating contest, with a group of people gorging on tasty franks in a match worthy of the Nathan’s Famous competition at Coney Island.

Also included in the price of admission: a competitive game, great ballpark food at fair prices, and talented young players giving their all while providing incredible displays of hitting, base-running, fielding, and pitching—the whole enchilada. But most of all, there was a sense of community. The Yankees broke another record with 4,869 in attendance that evening, and even though that is a massive number for a Single-A team, Pulaski never loses its sense of community closeness.

The Yankees and owners David Hagan and Larry Shelor continually make improvements to Calfee Park, and the last time the standings came out, the park was a finalist for Best Rookie League Ballpark in America. Oh, yeah, in another set of important standings, the Yankees just happen to be battling…

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