Last night I was at the Railcats game for their first ever game against the Lake County Fielders. The Fielders are owned by movie star Kevin Costner. It was no movie ending for the Railcats though as they lost 7-3. On the second pitch of the game Fielder second baseman Amos Ramon smoked a ball over the left field wall to give his team a 1-0 lead. The Railcats tied it back up at one, but they would never be that close again. Josh Short also hit a home run that may have been the longest I have seen in a non-Major League game. His shot went off the scoreboard in left center field. That ball was a rocket that still might have been going up when it hit the scoreboard. The Railcats had one last chance at the game with the bases loaded, down 7-3, and Christian Guerrero at the plate. Guerrero worked a full count, then swang at a terrible pitch to end the inning. After that it was just a matter of completing the final innings to make the game official. Continue reading
Today I attended my second Railcats game in as many days. I don’t know if I would have gone, but a free ticket said that I would. I had a seat behind the Railcats bench, but once again the kids were all over the place so I moved to the top of the section. By the middle of the second inning I had seen enough kids walk in front of me for an entire game so I walked out to the outfield terrace. I was going for one of the picnic benches, but the wind was howling out to left so I just hung out on the fence getting cooled off by the wind. The third batter that inning Tanner Townsend pounded a liner that I knew right away had a chance. It came off the screen, and I had my first home run ball! I have been to many games, but never caught a home run ball. Technically I did not catch this one on the fly, but a ball is a ball. This was also the first ball that I have gotten that was in play. I have gotten a couple foul balls this season, but never a fair ball. Continue reading
Today I had the day off so I decided to attend the Gary Railcats morning game at the Steel Yard. It was an 11:00 start, and local schools from all around were in attendance. I usually work so I can never attend these types of games. I decided to take advantage of a rare summer (it was as hot as summer) day off and take the short drive to Gary. One word of caution though. If you want to make it around the stadium or watch the game in peace this is not the kind of day for you. The concourse was the meeting place, and even the Gary police were having a tough time keeping it opened. Continue reading
Tonight I am headed to the U.S. Steel Yard to see the Railcats play the Schaumburg Flyers. This would normally be a trip that I would dread since it looks as though it is going to rain. A couple of things make this a cool trip. One is that Felix Jose is a member of the Flyers. He was considered a very good prospect for a while. All kidding aside though two members of the Chicago Blackhawks will be on hand. One of them is Ben Eager, and the other one is none other than Stan Mikita. They will be signing autographs on the concourse during the game. Stan is one of the beloved Blackhawk players, and it will be an honor to meet him. The Railcats are also giving away 1,500 black Hoosier bats with both the Railcats and the Blackhawks logos on them. Well I had better go wait in line. I want one of these bats!