Minor League Baseball's Labor of Love
Barbecues, beach days and baseball. What more is there to Labor Day? As grills were fired up across the nation and the aroma of hot dogs and burgers filled backyards everywhere, clubs across Minor League Baseball took a moment to acknowledge the day in which employees are honored by taking
Barbecues, beach days and baseball. What more is there to Labor Day?
As grills were fired up across the nation and the aroma of hot dogs and burgers filled backyards everywhere, clubs across Minor League Baseball took a moment to acknowledge the day in which employees are honored by taking off from work. In other words, MiLB celebrated Labor Day by laboring, even if it was just on social media accounts.
Here's a sampling of what the day was like for clubs that didn't have to suit up.
When you smell food on the grill 👟👟— Brooklyn Cyclones (@BKCyclones) September 6, 2021
And someone asks how many hot dogs you want 🌭🌭
Happy Labor Day🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/PXrQr2tu5r
Happy Labor Day #laborday2021 pic.twitter.com/MTMcvyCvve— Midland RockHounds (@RockHounds) September 6, 2021
Relax and enjoy your #LaborDay ‘Pigs fans! 🥓 pic.twitter.com/YvfOq6TE7p— Lehigh Valley IronPigs (@IronPigs) September 6, 2021
Happy Labor Day! #DiveIn pic.twitter.com/pKNuzatC2W— Great Lakes Loons (@greatlakesloons) September 6, 2021
There was baseball to be played, though. The Triple-A West took the field (as it does every Monday when all the other circuits except the complex leagues are off) and not only played meaningful games with postseason implications, but also supplied fireworks two months after the Fourth of July's independence celebrations.
A shot at sole possession of first place. Earn your stripes. pic.twitter.com/NVeTljHjLU— Tacoma Rainiers (@RainiersLand) September 6, 2021
Bees start Labor Day off with a BANG🎇 pic.twitter.com/mdd3BYt3A4— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) September 6, 2021
Still, some tried to dodge their responsibilities for the day:
Trying to hide from my boss on #LaborDay like... pic.twitter.com/Mc92lNb9xt— Homer the Dragon (@CLTKnightsHomer) September 6, 2021
Others used the opportunity to shine in front of loved ones:
LJ HATCH!!!— Albuquerque Isotopes (@ABQTopes) September 6, 2021
Playing in front of friends and family, the Kansas native connects on his first career Triple-A home run! Hatch's blast comes immediately following a solo homer by Brian Serven, so back-to-back jacks put the Isotopes up 4-0. pic.twitter.com/on7ks16F4d
But one thing is for certain. With 10 Triple-A teams taking the field and putting on their hard hats for nine innings, there was no shortage of entertainment.
Offense put in some work on Labor Day 💪 pic.twitter.com/EXtvunmuJL— Salt Lake Bees (@SaltLakeBees) September 6, 2021
There were grand moments:
THAT'S A GRAND SLAM‼️— Round Rock Express (@RRExpress) September 7, 2021
Elier Hernandez clears the bases and the #RRExpress pull ahead 7-0 in the 4th. pic.twitter.com/Mmr2mlleqV
Moments that brought back our youth:
Little League Home Run ALERT @GosukeKatoh | @MiLB pic.twitter.com/ZYcgL8KqtX— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) September 7, 2021
And a subtle reminder that there are people who have a lot tougher jobs than working in baseball as well:
Happy Labor Day to all the new mothers out there! pic.twitter.com/2zA38glIfb— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) September 6, 2021
Fireworks lit up the night sky in Texas to mark the end of the day's slate,
Goodnight El Paso! https://t.co/SZck11eTU6— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) September 7, 2021
Which points out one last fact. Although the days continue to get shorter, there is still lots of play left to look forward to:
We hope you’ve had a good Labor Day!— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) September 7, 2021
We’re extremely grateful for all of our hard-working employees.
After this day off, we’re ready for our final home games of the season at @ParkviewField from Tuesday-Sunday 🍎⚾️ pic.twitter.com/zZFTyU86VF
Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobTnova24.