Last night I went to the Gary Railcats game against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The game was delayed for an hour and a half by rain. That would have been a boring time, but the Winnipeg bullpen put on an exciting touch football game. It was hard to tell who won, but they were having a blast doing it. They even seemed a little bummed when they had to go back to the clubhouse to dress for the game. This is what baseball should be about. The players were having a blast. They started off just throwing a football around, and it quickly escalated into a game. Not too many underneath routes were being thrown to. Most of the time they were going for the home run ball. I guess if you have the arm and the speed why not? Matt Davis was one of the quarterbacks, and he ended up being the losing pitcher. Did he waste his arm pre game? I am sure someone will have a look at that.
To the game. One word can describe it. Dull. In the first five innings the Railcats had one hit, and the Goldeyes managed to knock out two hits in that time, although they were both balls that should have been caught. It ended up not making a difference, but two pop ups to the outfield that were not caught by Christian Guerrero could have been huge. After nine innings neither team could get across a run. The fans were getting restless. The crowd of 2,823 were waiting for the post game fireworks that were promised after the game. With the delay before the game, and the long game they just wanted someone to win. The team did not matter when the kids were getting restless. In the top of the tenth the Goldeyes got a man on second, and he scored when Railcat second baseman Eric McNamee booted what would have been an inning ending ground ball. Instead of getting in front of the ball he tried to reach across his body to snag the ball. The ball caromed off of his mitt into the outfield. With two outs the runner easily scored from second. Eric was visibly not happy with himself after the play. He would get his revenge though. In the bottom of the inning he singled after Mike Massaro walked to set up the game winner. Both runners scored when Jay Pecci singled to right center field. The crowd was ecstatic. I don’t know if they were happy the Railcats won, or that the game was over. Either way it was an exciting finish to an otherwise boring game.
A couple of players with Major League ties were in the game. The Goldeyes have Dee Brown in left field for them. Dee is shown to the left. I saw Dee play with the Royals when he was with the bigs. He is tearing up the Northern League right now, and is a Northern League All Star. He went 0-3 with a walk on the day, but he hit the ball hard. The other player is Christian Guerrero. Christian is shown on the right. He is the cousin of Angels right fielder Vladimir Guerrero. He has a long way to go to match up to Vlad. He swings at anything just like his cousin, but does not make contact. He was hitting .128 coming into the game. He does swing hard (although akwardly) so if he does make contact I assume it will fly. As I said earlier he also has made some bad plays in the field. A ball to him is an adventure.