Archive for April 13th, 2009

Potomac Nationals at Lynchburg Hillcats – 4/10/2009

My son was on spring break last week, so it was a perfect time for us to take in our first game of the season. Since the Braves flew the coop in Richmond, Lynchburg is the nearest minor-league town to ours, and we go there often. This time out, I was excited to see the Pirates’ top new prospect, former Vanderbilt star Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez went 0-5, but knocked in a couple of RBIs. The Hillcats beat the Potomac Nationals 14-7 to start their season undefeated. Here’s what it looked like from where I was sitting.

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Jester-dude who made balloon animals/hats/stuff. My son was very skeptical of his schtick.

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Jack with the innovative new Lynchburg Hillcats foam claw. He’ll never go back to the plain old foam finger now.

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This young lady was the hottest concessions worker I’ve ever seen, but she messed up my order bad. That’ll teach me – always buy snacks from the old guy who’s been there a thousand years.

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Fans are always welcome to chat or nab a signature. We sat along the third base line, right next to the home dugout.

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National Anthem time. Even on cloudy days, like this one, the sun always seems to come out at this moment.

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Alvarez at third. He made a couple of fielding errors, but he’s a rook, so we’ll forgive him.

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Alvarez at the plate. He’s not the most patient hitter I’ve ever seen, but then again, it was his second pro game ever.

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I bought a funnel cake at this stand. I hadn’t had one since my grandparents took me to Silver Dollar City when I was a kid. I figured, if it’s good enough for the cop, it’s good enough for me. Of course, I ended up with powdered sugar all over my clothes when the chilly wind kicked up.

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With our apologies to Dippin’ Dots, Jack and I happen to believe that the simple sno-kone is the ice cream of the past, present, and future.

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Southpaw dancing on the dugout. We got a new appreciation for the dangers of mascotting when he slipped in a rain puddle and went down. But he was a trooper, and he finished his set.

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As night fell, it got colder, though the temperature never fell below 65 degrees. The wind was pretty cutting, though, so I bought jack a Hillcats-model blanket to cover up with. For those of you about to call social services, his lips were blue from the sno-kone, not the temperatures.

That’s our first trip. Very soon, I hope to make it to Salem, VA, where they’ve recently become affiliated with the Red Sox. They’ve stashed some great prospects there, including Ryan Kalish and Che-Hsuan Lin, and I want to get there before one of them is called up.

This Week in Bobbleheads Week 2

Now that opening day has come and gone, the smell of baseball is firmly entrenched in our senses and the promotions will start to pile up.  As the schedules get busier, so will I in reporting all there is to know about the hobby of bobbleheads week by week.  Ok here we go:

Detroit Tigers 4/13/09 Miguel Cabrera – First 10,000 fans – The AL HR champ in 2008 will add to his laurels with his 2nd Tiger prize.

Lehigh Valley Ironpigs 4/16/09 Shane Victorino – First 3,000 fans – The “Flyin Hawaiian” made a quickie rehab stint here as part of his 2008 World Series year.

Houston Astros 4/17/09 Lance Berkman – First 10,000 fans – In the 2009 version of his bobblehead, Berkman sports a puma glove on his right hand, giving props to his nickname “Big Puma”.

Seattle Mariners 4/17/09 Ichiro Suzuki – First 20,000 Fans – The annual tribute to this 2 time WBC MVP.

Minnesota Twins 4/18/09 Joe Mauer Bronze Statuette – First 10,000 Fans – He may be on the DL at present, but he is still regarded highly enough to be in bronze.

Pittsburgh Pirates 4/18/09 Ryan Doumit – His first solo act as a collectible figure after a prior feature as a triple threat bobble.

Toronto Blue Jays 4/19/09 Lyle Overbay – First 10,000 Fans – Seems to have decreased playing time with the addition of Millar, but still a fan favorite in collectibles.

These posts will continue weekly through0ut the season.  Be sure to check out The Only Accurate Bobblehead forum in the hobby today at http://thetruebobbleheadboard.yuku.com .  If you see something that needs to be brought to our attention, such as adding dates or filling in missing dates, let us know there not to mention come to trade with us.

PS I will be attending the Victorino giveaway on 4/16 making the trek to Allentown shortly after the Yankees home opener at the new palace.  Come find me and say hello.