It was a made-in-Hartford moment this week as the Yard Goats met the goats in an art gallery on Pearl Street. Call it goat worlds colliding.
Three Hartford Yard Goats players, shortstop Anthony Phillips and pitchers Dave Holman and Troy Neiman, along with Dana Feigenbaum, the team's promotions manager, trekked from their Main Street ballyard to the EBK Gallery [small works] – where a summer exhibition features large-format photographic portraits of, you guessed it, goats.
"I'm just blown away," said Phillips, a rare pro baseball player from South Africa. "Horses – majestic. But goats?"
These goats, photographed by Kevin Horan of Langley, Wa., show strong personalities and each has a name. The players quipped about which animals could play which positions and posed with their favorites.
Holman, of Wichita, Kan., wondered aloud, "if this has something to do with us?"
Yes, it does. "I remembered the images when I was thinking about what to do for the summer," gallery owner Eric Ben-Kiki said. And like the baseball Goats, the goat portraits have been very popular.
Each player took a moment to pose next to his favorite portrait.
"I think it's pretty cool that the whole town has kind of embraced the whole goat culture and a little bit higher-brow version of our team," said Neiman, who's from Los Angeles.
But all good things must come to an end. The exhibit runs through Aug. 29, and the Yard Goats play their last game of the season on Aug. 31.