A REPRESENTATION of the jersey Rochester’s Red Wings will wear May 26 when they bear the name of Hop Bitters, a throwback to 1879 and 1880.
Graphic courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings
ROCHESTER – Every Thursday that the Rochester Red Wings are home this season they will be known as the Plates for that day’s game. When Rochesterians enjoy their plates, they need something to wash it down. Enter the Hop Bitters. On May 26 the AAA team will give tribute to Rochester’s brewing history by harkening back to the city’s baseball nickname of 1879 and 1880.
This will be the first name to be honored by the team over the next few seasons, as the Red Wings have not always borne that appellation. Over the next few years the Red Wings will pay tribute to those clubs that called Rochester home through the years and various leagues.
The organization’s team became the Red Wings in 1929, but professional baseball in Rochester heralds back to 1877.
On Saturday, May 26, the Wings will take the field as the Rochester Hop Bitters, a team that represented the city in the National Association in 1879 and 1880. The night will be a celebration of 19th century baseball, while the uniforms will put a modern spin on the 140-year-old name. The 2018 Hop Bitters logo pays homage to the tradition of brewing in the Rochester area. This year Genesee Brewery celebrates its 140th anniversary and the Greater Rochester area is also experiencing the renaissance of craft beer production.
Hop Bitters merchandise will be available at the Red Wings Team Store in Frontier Field for the first time on May 26 when the gates open at 6 p.m. There will be a limited number of caps (fitted and adjustable), T-shirts, jerseys, and pint glasses available and once they are sold out the merchandise will be retired for the season.
The first 1,000 adults (21 & over) on May 26 will receive a Hop Bitters pint glass courtesy of The Cooper Cheese Brand. Also. to be served for the first and only time that day, will be a specially crafted Hop Bitters Brew made by Genesee Brewery. It will be available in limited quantities at the Genesee Brewery portable stand on the first base concourse across from the Red Wings Hall of Fame.
Fans can expect an old-time feel to Frontier Field during the game. Instead of using a public-address system, batting introductions and in-between inning announcements will be made from on top of the dugouts, there will be on-field 19th century base ball (back then baseball was two words) demonstrations from members of the local Rochester Live Oak and, as was the custom then, bugs (how fans were known in the 19th Century) will be asked to return all foul balls to the dugout (prizes will be awarded to all attendees who want to play along).
Game worn autographed jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the Red Wings Community Foundation. Those interested in bidding should download Live Source in the App Store or Google Play.