On Don Spivey Night, Kingsport Mets name press box at Hunter Wright after longtime PA announcer
Aug 1, 2011 at 11:31 AM
KINGSPORT — It was Don Spivey Night at Hunter Wright Stadium on Monday.Hundreds of fans came out to the ballpark to not only watch the Kingsport Mets take on Bluefield in an Appalachian League matchup but also to honor the longtime public address announcer.“Driving up to the stadium and seeing the signs saying it was Don Spivey Night was unbelievable,” Spivey said. “This is truly an honor.“Every pitch I’ve seen in this place has been a pleasure.’’Spivey, who is battling lung cancer, has been the PA announcer for Kingsport since the team moved to Hunter Wright Stadium in 1995.“As a matter of fact, Hunter Wright and I both threw out the first pitches that night,” Spivey joked. “And all I’ll say is that my pitch didn’t one-hop to the catcher.”Prior to the game, Spivey was honored on the field by dignitaries from the city of Kingsport as well as the K-Mets.“Don is such an institution here in Kingsport,’’ said K-Mets general manager Roman Stout. “He has great support throughout the community.“The thing that inspires me about Don is that in spite of what he is going through, he shows up here at the ballpark every night and doesn’t miss a beat.’’Spivey easily identified the source of his inspiration behind the microphone.“It’s all about the kids,’’ he said. “You want them to have a great time at the game. If they do, then they’ll want to come back.”He was also quick to acknowledge his sidekick in the press box.“Eddie Durham and I have worked together a long time up in that press box,’’ Spivey said. “Trust me, there’s never a dull moment.’’For all that he has done for the K-Mets, the city of Kingsport unveiled letters across the front of the press box designating it as the “Don Spivey Press Box.”“When I saw my name up on the press box I was amazed,’’ Spivey said.“I’m literally stunned by this honor.’’Back on the diamond, Bluefield’s Javan Williams drove in the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Blue Jays a 4-3 win.Kingsport’s Cam Maron put his team on top 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth with a home run over the right-field fence.Bluefield (24-17) rallied right back with two runs in the top of the sixth to tie it at 3. When Williams stroked a single in the seventh, Aaron Munoz raced home from second base with the winning run.Maron finished with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI for Kingsport (19-22), which is off tonight. The K-Mets return to action Wednesday when they host Elizabethton at 7 p.m.For the record, former Kingsport mayor Hunter Wright has a different recollection of those first pitches from Spivey and him at the stadium opener in ’95.“While it certainly could not have been called a strike, all I’ll say is that my pitch did not one-hop to the plate,’’ Wright said.