I stopped blogging for a short time in the winter of 2009-2010. I came back probably stronger than ever, but I left out a few of the features that I enjoyed writing. One of them was the Interesting Sports Destinations feature that I used to write. I just found a few places that were not covered in other segments, but that I felt deserved to be talked about a bit. I would like to re-launch the feature with a look at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory that is located of course in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue reading
What does that mean exactly? Today I was at the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers) game against the Louisville Bats (Reds). Homer Bailey was on the mound for Louisville, and boy did he look good. He struck out 15 batters in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out the side in three innings, and just made the Toledo hitters look bad. I heard his name in the off season thrown around as possibly coming to the White Sox, and after seeing him pitch I wish that he would have done just that. The final score was a laugher at 10-3 with Kevin Barker accounting for four of those runs for the Bats. Apparently I am becoming a Bats groupie. Their stadium is just over the border in Louisville so who knows? The way I have been visiting Minor League Stadiums lately it is a possibility.
Fifth Third Field is absolutely amazing. So amazing in fact that I don’t want to get into it this late at night. I will talk a little more about the park in a future write up.
After threatening to go for years I finally made it to Victory Field tonight. A Triple A club that is 2.5 hours away, and I have never gone. I have been waiting for a weekend series with the Charlotte Knights, but it has not come or I was busy when it did. I decided to go to this game between the Louisville Bats (Reds) and the Indians (Pirates). A future NL Central showdown.
Louisville struck for four runs in the first two innings, then were silent the rest of the game. Two errors in the first inning really set the table up for the Bats, and they did not dissapoint. The difference in the game tough was a 2nd inning Matt Maloney home run. What makes that special is the fact that Maloney was the pitcher. In my only other Triple A game Glendon Rusch was pitching for the Iowa Cubs and hit two home runs. I guess minor league pitchers can hit. Former Sox player Danny Richar was 2-4, but I would rather have Getz right now.
Victory Field is great. I am glad that I finally was able to get here, and now that I know what I am in for I will be back sooner rather than later.