I went out this morning for a quick trip to the store, and dropped some stuff off at Goodwill. A bit of a gloomy start, with very overcast skies. The sun is out now, and the temperatures are heating up. A hot and humid day followed by a warm and humid night...a perfect night for a visit to the BALL PARK!
Ken's company is having some kind of a employee appreciation thing tonight (I think it's the company...could be the PAC) at Coveleski Stadium, home of our Single A minor league team, the South Bend Silverhawks. They're the farm team for the Arizona Diamondbacks. We don't go as often as we should, because it's a lovely park, and we always have such a good time! Minor league parks are so accessible, too. They open up the diamond after the game, and kids can go down and run the bases. Or even adults, if they're so inclined. Although, gee, I can't imagine what adult(s) would be so goofy as to run the bases, tear into home and STOMP on the home plate like they'd just won the World Series or something! I can't believe
I did that someone would do that. We're looking forward to some hot dogs (although I believe they have Philly cheesesteaks there now...mmmm) and beer, and I'm wishin' upon a star that they'll do the produce race tonight.
I can't help it, it just cracks me up every time! I think they usually have a carrot, too. Look at the broccoli! Ha! Is it the Brewers that do the sausage race? There is not much funnier to me than people dressed up like wieners or vegetables and running a race. We may not be lucky enough tonight to see the produce race, but in the great tradition of minor league ball, they always have some kind of shenanigans going on.
Minor league mascots are always great, too. The Silverhawks have Swoop, a hawk (go figure!). Actually, the team is named after the Studebaker Hawk model--they had a Silver Hawk and a Gold Hawk. Some of you might know that South Bend is the home of Studebaker Corporation, defunct since 1963. But it would be kind of silly to have a car as a mascot, wouldn't it?
Anyhoo, I love the minor league mascots. (Tonight we're playing the Quad Cities River Bandits. They thumped us last night, so I hope we'll do better tonight. Not sure what their mascot looks like.) There's an Iowa team whose mascot is something like Mr. Kernel...? I can't remember the team or the mascot's name, but it's really goofy and fun!
Some of you are lucky enough to have major league teams in your cities. We're close to Chicago, so our main team is the Cubs, who are actually doing quite well so far this year. Do the rest of you have a minor league team in your town? What are their names and who are their mascots? Do you go to games often?
Hope you're all enjoying your day!