Farewell Mr. Buehrle

Mark on Opening Day last season

This blog is usually about events that I have attended live. Every now and then though something happens that I feel the need to write about. Today one of those events happened. Today Mark Buehrle signed with the Miami Marlins to join his former manager on the team. I really enjoyed watching Mark pitch during his time with the Sox. The picture above tells you all you need to know about the guy. Here is was Opening Day, and he was walking around with his glove on his head before pitching. He was always loose and fun to watch. Maybe they will let him slide around on the tarp in Miami.

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Should I Be Here?

I love the modification to this helmet

This was the question that I kept asking myself today while I was watching the Gary Railcats exhibition game against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. I was hustling to get to the stadium in time for the 11:00 start this morning so that I could see the first pitch. I found a great parking spot right next to a player who was in his car. Right then I started wondering what was going on. I walked up to the ticket window to get a ticket, and none of them were open, and nobody was manning the front gate. I walked in and saw that I was the only fan in the stadium. Have you ever been to a movie that you were the only one in? It is a weird feeling, but they eventually turn off the lights, and you have nobody looking at you. At the game today the players for the Goldeyes were talking to me about being the only guy in the stadium. I really started to wonder if I should have been there. Of course a few more people showed up, but the number never got above 15 fans in the stadium at any one time. The odds were good for me to get a ball. Continue reading

Silverhawks Drop the Ball on Opening Night

The home team bullpen home plate on the 'dirt'

Tonight I was able to attend Opening Night at Coveleski Stadium. I was excited to see some of the additions to the new park. They have started a dramatic overhaul of ‘the Cove’ to make it a little more fan friendly. Just a couple of weeks ago the Hawks tweeted a picture of the field that was completely covered in dirt. Tonight it was covered by field turf. The first thing that I noticed though was that the warning track was a dirt color, but was also field turf. I was wondering what kind of warning it would be if it does not feel any different? Maybe they have done something so that you can feel it. It is still weird to watch a baseball bounce on the ‘grass’ and see the black splashes as it hits. Continue reading

This Week’s Promotions (4/11-4/17)

I primarily do this for myself, but thought that if I am looking all of this up why not publish it? I cover mainly the teams in my area (Sox, Cubs, Silverhawks, Railcats). I also do try and get most of the Midwest League promotions as well as anything that I find of interest. Here are this week’s promotions.

Monday 4/11:

Beloit Snappers – Opening Day and schedule magnet giveaway

Bowling Green Hot Rods – Opening day and t-shirt giveaway

Burlington Bees – Opening day and magnet schedule giveaway

Cedar Rapids Kernels – Opening night and Magnet schedule giveaway

Kane County Cougars – Opening day and post game autographs with team

South Bend Silverhawks – Opening day and $1 night

West Michigan Whitecaps – Salute to the most boring day in history

Chicago White Sox – Wall calendar giveaway

Tuesday 4/12:

Cedar Rapids Kernels – Magnet schedule giveaway

Lexington Legends – 34 cent hot dog night

Chicago White Sox – Frank Thomas bobblehead

Wednesday 4/13:

Cedar Rapids Kernels – Magnet schedule giveaway

Toledo Mud Hens – Schedule Magnet giveaway

Chicago White Sox – Wall calendar giveaway

Thursday 4/14:

Cedar Rapids Kernels – Magnet schedule giveaway

Toledo Mud Hens – Schedule Magnet giveaway

Friday 4/15:

Fort Wayne Tincaps – Jackie Robinson Night

Iowa Cubs – Opening day and fireworks

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Miller Lite seat cushion giveaway

Chicago White Sox – Jackie Robinson Day and calendar

Saturday 4/16:

Columbus Clippers – Opening day and AAA Champions hat giveaway and Opening Day parade

Iowa Cubs – Bob Feller bandana giveaway and magnet schedule

South Bend Silverhawks – team logo ball giveaway

Chicago White Sox – Rally cap giveaway

Sunday 4/17:

Fort Wayne Tincaps – Post-Game Autographs

Iowa Cubs – Mike Quade jersey shirt giveaway

South Bend Silverhawks – Team autograph session

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Brewers Sunday

Chicago White Sox – Pre game autograph session for kids

Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians Opening Day Photo Gallery (Part 2)

When I was writing part one earlier I really did not think that I had too many decent pictures from the actual game Friday. The seating is great to watch the game, but if you want to sit down low and take a picture it is almost impossible. The way the seats are aligned a head is almost always in the way. I did manage to get a few in though. Here are the pictures from during the game:

 

A secret that can only be shared between two Cabrera's

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This Week’s Promotions (4/1-4/10)

Well it is the start of another baseball season so the weekly promotion feature must start as well. This first one will be a little longer as I will cover about a week and a half as the season starts. I primarily do this for myself, but thought that if I am looking all of this up why not publish it? I cover mainly the teams in my area (Sox, Cubs, Silverhawks, Railcats). I also do try and get most of the Midwest League promotions as well as anything that I find of interest. The first couple of these will be filled with opening day promotions. I also have nothing for Monday the 4th. As always if you know of anything that didn’t make it on here let me know. If you know of a promotion for next week leave a description in the comments section. Here are this week’s promotions. Continue reading