On Monday evening, the Manchester-based New Hampshire Fisher Cats played in front of 7,057 fans. It was Memorial Day, and it was beautiful – my wife opened every single window in our apartment while doing some spring cleaning.
On Tuesday evening, the Fisher Cats welcomed the Portland Sea Dogs to town. Always a good draw, the Sea Dogs on this occasion brought a little something extra – rehabbing Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz (now known in the local media as “future Hall of Famer John Smoltz”; it’s weird that his candidacy was cemented by the fact that he made a rehab start in New Hampshire). Nearly 9,000 fans – more than last year’s Eastern League All-Star Game – turned out on another bee-yoo-ti-full night for baseball.
On Thursday evening, the American Defenders of New Hampshire (nee Nashua Pride) were scheduled to play their Can-Am League season opener at Holman Stadium. It rained all morning, into the early afternoon, and when I stopped by the box office just after three o’clock to buy tickets, was told that the game had been postponed. It continued raining into today, until just an hour or two before game time. If the pushed-back opener was played this evening, surely the weather was bad just long enough to convince scores of potential fans that it was NOT a beautiful night for a ballgame.
A doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow starting at four o’clock. It’s probably going to snow.