2012 Baseball Trip-Game 8: Back in Buffalo

Buffalo Bisons vs. Gwinnett Braves

Coca-Cola Field-Buffalo, NY: After 19 short years, I finally returned to the site of my first Minor League baseball game-Buffalo, New York. Then known as Pilot Field, the improved Coca-Cola Field is not only the nicest park we were at on our trip, but one of the best I’ve ever been to. Buffalo is a big time city, and the Bisons give you a bit of the ‘Major League’ feel to it. Parking is rough, but the site-lines in the stadium were great. The gates opened at 5:00 for a pre-game party, and a chance to watch some batting practice. We were treated with a free concert on one of the dugouts, which was very entertaining. We watched the Gwinnett Braves take some batting practice and enjoyed the music. Out in right field, I was able to catch up with fellow bloggers Danny and Quinn from nybisons. They were doing an impressive job of shagging any baseball within a half-mile of the stadium. Getting these two to slow down for a bit to chat was a challenge, and I wish I had their energy. Both young men were very polite and even visited us in our seats later in the game to talk baseball. The game itself was a good one, and the Buffalo won a close one thanks to two monster home runs by Valentino Pascucci. We sat in the upper deck for this one, and had an awesome view of the action. I’m sure there is no bad seat at this ballpark. The staff and the fans all seemed very friendly, and helped make this game another great experience. We ate some great food, but no beer this time because we had a long drive back to Michigan after the game. Two more games to go in our home state… Final: Bisons 5, Braves 3.

The pre-game concert was great

We were able to watch some batting practice with the Gwinnett Braves

Danny and Quinn from nybisons, and their impressive collection of baseballs

My dad noticed this one sitting under one of the seats while we were exploring the ballpark!

Photos property of Minoring In Baseball

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7 Comments

Thanks for the mention! I hope you enjoyed your trip,
-Danny

Danny-we had a great trip, and it was nice meeting you guys.
–Mike

Nice photos!
Mark

Thanks Mark! It’s a great stadium.
–Mike

Great meting you there Mike! Thanks for the compliment about Danny and I’s baseball collection!! Where did you find that baseball? Danny and I are fortunate enough to live in Buffalo and have such a nice ballpark to go to every week or so. You had some pretty good shots of the field area with your camera. I hope to see you some other time on one of your baseball trips!
-Quinn

Quinn-you do have a beautiful ballpark to visit all the time. We found that ball under a seat up behind home plate. I hope to see you guys at another game, too!
–Mike

That’s weird. Maybe an usher planted that ball in the seats while he was picking up baseballs down the foul line. Or maybe a player threw it there. I have never found a ball behind home plate before.
-Quinn

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