An apple, a banana, a lemon, an orange and purple and green grapes lined up at first base Sunday afternoon at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Well, actually, six children were lined up there, dressed in various fruit costumes, waiting for York Revolution on-field emcee Adam McCallister to give the countdown to run bases in one of the more-popular between-innings promotions, known as the "fruit race."
McCallister doesn't normally do this, but this time he opted to run the race, too, despite not being dressed as a fruit. A small, blonde-haired boy wearing a lemon costume won the race, but McCallister had a respectable third-place finish.
"I'm going to need some oxygen," McCallister exclaimed to the fans as he walked off the field.
It's moments such as those, though, that McCallister won't soon forget. The Revs' on-field emcee the last three seasons, McCallister is stepping down from the position to pursue a career in real estate.
"It hit me a little this morning," McCallister said of the departure Monday evening before York's final home game of the 2013 season. "Well, it hit me a little bit last night and then I woke up this morning, it hit me. Tonight's gonna be tough."
A 1994 Kennard-Dale High School graduate and York Township resident, McCallister might also be familiar to York County sports fans for his sports talk radio show on 1350 AM (WOYK) that lasted from October 2011 until February 2012. And he's come to know hundreds of other people over the years working as a disc jockey at weddings and other events with his wife.
While the DJ business and his time with the Revs have been successful, McCallister decided to make a career switch to spend more time with his family. He and his wife have four kids at home, ages 13 to 17 -- his two 14-year-old twins, Nikki and Ryan, are from a previous marriage and live with their mother but visit McCallister on the weekends.
"I remember (last summer) Nikki going 'Dad, we want to come down this weekend but we don't want to spend all weekend at grandma's.' That just tore my heart out," McCallister said. "That was when I was like, 'All right. I gotta do something different.'"
While cutting back on DJ events, McCallister earned his real estate license on Oct. 23 and has been working for Keller-Williams Realty ever since. But he's found it difficult to juggle both real estate and his duties with the Revs.
"Sometimes (I'm) in pre-game going 'Hey, I know I gotta be out here but I gotta duck inside the press box for a few minutes and take this call, either to set up a showing or to negotiate a contract,'" he said. "That was the part this year where I'm like 'You know what? If I'm going to be serious about it (real estate), then I need to make this change.'"
Still, McCallister knows he's gonna miss being out on the field and interacting with the fans.
"It's my second family that I've known in the three years I've been doing this," he said. "And we've got some fans that I've grown really close to. Those are the ones I'm gonna miss."
The Revs will hold auditions for a new emcee in February. For more information, contact the club's director of marketing, Staci Wilkenson, at email@example.com.
Returns: Longtime York Revolution starting pitcher Corey Thurman said after his start Sunday that he plans to return to action for the 2014 season.
A year after setting the club's single-season wins mark in 2012 (14-3), Thurman has struggled this year with a 4-13 record and 6.60 ERA in 27 starts.
Meanwhile, the Revs' president and general manager Eric Menzer confirmed Sunday that Mark Mason will return as manager for the 2014 season.
In 134 games through Monday, York is 61-73 overall in Mason's first season as the Revs' skipper.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.