What Is To Become of the Northern League?

Thanks to the wonder of Twitter I learned earlier in the week that the Gary Railcats were headed to the American Association to join a group of teams that used to play under the Northern League banner. Three other teams left the Northern League with Gary to go back to the American Association. They are theĀ Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Kansas City T-Bones and Winnipeg Goldeyes. This leaves a cupboard that was already sparse pretty bare. Is the Northern League done? Four of the eight teams have jumped ship. Two teams the Lake County Fielders and the Rockford River Hawks left the Frontier League last season to come to the Northern League. I would think that the Frontier League might just absorb the four remaining teams into their fold. I have yet to see what will happen there. Continue reading

A Hard Days Night

Yesterday the Railcats dropped the last game of their homestand 5-3 to the Rockford Riverhawks. I got to the game in the seventh inning so I really have no idea how any of the runs were scored. My impression though was that the Railcats seem to have the same bat supplier that the White Sox have. Strangely though I did not go to Gary to watch a baseball game yesterday. Continue reading

Glen Wins Again on Hockey Night

Last night I was in Gary yet again to watch the Railcats take on the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Hockey Night. They called it Hockey Night, but it might as well have been Blackhawks Night or Denis Savard Night. Their were probably more Blackhawk jerseys in the crowd than Railcats. Savard is shown above signing a baseball for me prior to the game. I have always liked Denis. Going way back to when I first heard of him I thought his name was Denise Savard because of the way they pronounced it on TV. It took me a while to get used to the way they said his name. The S on Savard almost sounded like it belonged on the end of his first name. Anyway I am past that now. Savard was known for his Spin-O-Rama move during his playing days. He is known best in his coaching days for getting four whole games into the 2008-2009 season before getting fired. This baseball will go great next to my Stan Mikita ball that I got signed last season. Continue reading

Playing Like a Bunch of Wookies

Last night was Star Wars night in Gary. I had just gotten back from a long trip, but I had to see what kind of people this attracted. As I walked in I saw that the line to meet the man who wore the Chewbacca suit, Peter Mayhew, was not very long so I got in the line. I handed him a ball because I collect them, and he acted like it was a bomb. He is a very tall man, but it looks like his size is starting to catch up to him. He had a lot of trouble getting around. I even resisted the urge to tell him to ‘punch it Chewy’ when he took too long to sign the ball. Continue reading

Finally I Get Paid to Attend a Baseball Game

Last night I was in Gary to see the Railcats take on the Rockford RiverHawks. I went because it was money giveaway night. The first 1,000 fans through the gates received an envelope with money in it. The envelopes contained anywhere from $1 to $100. Do you want to guess what I got? You guessed it. $1. The only good thing about getting to the park early was the fact that they were taking batting practice when I walked in. I walked out to talk to the Railcat superfan in left field, and was rewarded with a home run off the bat of RiverHawk third baseman Evan McArthur.What a way to start the night. McArthur is shown above Continue reading

Railcats Storm to the Win

Today I was bored so I decided to head to Gary to see the Railcats again. They had a Blackhawks day where if you had on a piece of Blackhawks clothing you got a discount on your ticket. They tried to do the anthem like the Hawks do, but did not quite have it going. For one 2,400 people can’t make that much noise outside, and the other is that none of them wanted any part of it. Continue reading