Hurray for Opening Day

opening day 004.jpgHeading downstate, I wasn’t very optimistic about this game actually taking place, as all the weather reports called for thunder storms. The baseball gods must have felt generous, though, and after the first three games of the season were postponed from Lansing, the Whitecaps and Lugnuts were finally able to kick the season off in Comstock Park. The sun was shining as I packed the kids kid in the car. The boys stayed back at my sisters due to illness, so I got to spend the day at the ball park with my favorite girl (my daughter, not Avril Lavigne). The weather was sunny as we played catch in the parking lot before the gates opened at 11:00 a.m. When we were finally let into the ball park our sences were overloaded with the smells of popcorn, hot dogs, and freshly cut grass as we recieved out free hats and found our seats. Lily played at the park for a bit before we got in line for autographs on the field at 12:15 p.m. They only allowed about fifteen minutes on the field, so we had to hustle to get her baseball and cards signed. Lily did get to meet the Tigers number two prospect Nick Castellanos and former Major Leaguers Ben Oglivie and Ernie Young. The rest of the day was perfect for baseball, topping low 80’s (a record high for the ‘Caps openers) with a nice breeze for us to enjoy the action.

The game itself was a real pitchers duel, with the Whitecaps winning 13-12 with a walk-off hit in the ninth. Trailing 12-7, they scored the last six runs of the game for the win. West Michigan battled back with a seventh inning two-run homer by Luis Castillo, and a three-run shot by James Robbins to even the score in inning eight. In the ninth inning, Dixon Machado stole second and scored the winning run on a two-out base hit by Rob Brantly. Machado was 4-5 on the day with a stolen base and three runs scored. Brantley went 2-4 with the home run and a two-run double. Bruce Rondon came on in the ninth to close the door and earn the win.

I simply can’t wait for the next ball game we can make it too. Just another month until our trip in May, which will include a Whitecaps game, too.

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Nice pics and it looked like a beautiful day. I’d like to get to a Syracuse Chiefs game this year.

Wow, it looks like you had a gorgeous day! Now if only some of that warmth and sun would stick around here for more than a day at a time.
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

What a gorgeous day! I’m so glad the weather held for you guys. Sorry to hear the boys are sick but I’m sure Lily had a blast. It even sounds like it was a great game. What more could one ask of Opening Day?
This is a very simple game…

Awesome! Nothing like an Opening Day under the sunshine with those you love most in the world! What a great dad you are, Mike!

CubDen-I’d love to see a Chiefs game someday. Maybe on my way to the HOF?
Sue-we lucked out, it was back to 50 degrees the next day
Kristen-with three kids it’s actually nice to get one-on-one time with one of them, and I’ll make it up to the boys somehow.
Jeff-thanks, Jeff. It was a special day.
Thanks all for checking in.

What a pitcher’s duel :) Sounds like a great time. Love the Easter Bunny!

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