It's all about team camaraderie for Blues' Arnone

Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:04
Written by Serenity Bishop


Baseball is not just about the competition for Bristol Blues outfielder Griffin Arnone. It’s also about the brotherhood and team camaraderie that goes into the success of a winning organization.

Since Arnone began playing sports at a young age, he said he always loved the team atmosphere. As a three-sport athlete, also playing football and hockey, sports provided him an opportunity to be social.

He said he remembers falling in love with the game of baseball after going to Yankee Stadium with his dad as well as being able travel around New England and play on a team with his friends. He said that same feeling that he had going to the ballpark when he was young is the same feeling he gets playing this summer with the Blues.

“We have a really great group of guys and it feels like all of us just want to show up and have fun together,” Arnone said. “I think that’s what baseball is really all about. It really makes guys want to go to the ballpark. Enjoying each other’s company and playing the game that we all love. I think that’s one of the main reasons why we’re having a successful start to the season.”

He said baseball is an interesting sport because while you’re working as a team defensively, you’re also able to have success individually when you’re at bat.

So far this season, Arnone is second on the team in hits, runs, RBI and stolen bases. He also has a batting average of .279, which ranks fifth on the team. He said he attributes his success this year to him and his teammates pushing each other to succeed.

“With summer baseball your looking to develop and have some success offensively and defensively and that’s what I’m really trying to do to improve my skill for the future,” he said. “I’m trying to impress guys with what I can do with my athletic ability and what I can do as a baseball player.”

He said he also attribute his success to the atmosphere that Blues organization has created. Prior to the start of the season, Arnone only knew a couple guys from their time previously playing for the New Britain Bees and Vermont Mountaineers.

He said the atmosphere makes things like getting on a four-hour long bus ride worth it

“We have a great owner and a great staff that supports us.” Arnone said. “The atmosphere is really great and we have a lot of really great fans. All of these things put together make it a good experience for the players. I know everyone on the team is really thankful for the fans and our owner.”

He said from the start the Blues organization has always made them feel welcomed and prepared.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more,” he said. “There’s nothing I could be upset with.”

Posted in Newington Town Crier, Bristol Blues, Newington News on Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:04. Updated: Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:06.