to the Old Ball Game!Over the weekend, we went to our first minor league ballgame on the eastern shore. OK, we confess to not really being sports fans, but we can’t turn away something that’s FREE and involves a road trip. And, did I mention that we like free – always works for us – how about you?
We got the free ball game tickets from the nice folks at the local library last week. Our trip was to see the Delmarva Shorebirds play the Lexington Legends in a home game. The tickets were FREE, but there was a $3 parking fee at the Chicken Bowl in Salisbury, MD – OK so it’s official name is the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (father of Frank, grandfather of Jim). It’s the home field of the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Class A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The team began in April 1996 as a Montreal Expos affiliate and became an Orioles affiliate in 1997. The team is in the South Atlantic League playing 140 games each season: 70 at home, 70 on the road. Since 1996 the Shorebirds have been crowned champions twice – in 1997 and 2000.
Perdue Stadium opened in 1996 and as of 2009 has hosted 3,563,036 fans; largest single season attendance was 324,412 in 1997. First ball was thrown April 17, 1996; Shorebirds played Columbus and won 4-2.
After scoring no runs through the first eight innings, the Shorebirds got two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning for a 2-1 win over the Legends who scored first in the third inning
Here’s the Pitch . . .
Swing Batter Batter SWING . . .
Got on 1st Base . . .
Shorebirds Won - 2-1 bottom of 9th