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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Take Us Out . . .

to the Old Ball Game!
shorebirds logoOver 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 theperdue stadium (3) Chicken Bowl in Salisbury, MDOK  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.
fans in stadium (4)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 . . .
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Swing Batter Batter SWING . . .
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Got on 1st Base . . .
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 Shorebirds Won - 2-1 bottom of 9th
winning team (5)

winning team (1)

12 comments:

Grenville T. Boyd said...

BUT what about the 'free' rootbeer floats in the $6 cup?????

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

But , don't forget to mention that there were the unlimited refills, so we had a few :-)

OldBikeRider said...

I am not a baseball fan, but I think sitting in a minor league or college ballpark on a nice evening is a really nice way to let Micky's hands go around the face of the watch. We don't go often, but is worth the three bucks or so to get into our minor league park in Roanoke. And I even caught (or was it found) a ball at the VT English Field...

OldBikeRider said...

Oh, yeah - good photos too!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I love Baseball but it´s a tiny sport over here so I seldom gets a chance to see it.

Isn´t it funny that free usually means spending lots of money :-) :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Anvilcloud said...

Ah, a reminder of the Expos. I was able to get to Montreal to see one game before they folded.

possum said...

Christer brings up a good point... how much did that FREE game cost you?
Lets see, Perdue is 60 miles north of here, thats 120 miles, $1.64 a gallon... Parking $3, Rootbeer float mug, $6, so the float was FREE???? Nah, it wasn't free until about the 6th or 7th refill... How many hotdogs did you eat? ETC, ETC,ETC.
I LOVE free stuff!

Montanagirl said...

Nice set of photos.

Ginnie said...

I could almost hear them singing "Take me out to the ball park...etc." Sounds like a nice old fashioned outing!

Chris in the Emerald City said...

Very nice photos, indeed. My office is just across the big parking lot from a minor league field, so if my balcony door is open, I can hear the music, announcer, and crowd on game days. But then it has been over 100F most days, so no open door. =[

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

OBR, we did have a fun evening at the game for a total cost of $9 - $6 went for the root beer float which was to raise funds for local charities and the refills were unlimited - as long as you held onto your mug! The photos were fun to take - part 2 comes next!

Actually, Christer, we didn't spend that much money. The gas back and forth was the biggest expense.

Possum, WOW - you get gas for $1.64/gallon - tell us where you go cause it's more like $2.64. We only had 3 refills of the root beer floats and no hot dogs (or any other snacks) cause we ate an early dinner, so the float was dessert. So it wasn't free, but FUN!

Thanks, Mona, for the nice comment.

Oddly enough, Ginnie, they didn't sing that song, but read the end of the follow-up post tonight for more about that tune.

Hey Chris - yea no open door when temps get that high and they are near that here on the VA eastern shore. The temp was not oppressive at the game on Sunday night.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Over here in Sweden a gallon of petrol costs around 6,7 US dollars :-) It´s much the same all over Europe :-) :-)
Christer.

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