2013 Baseball Trip-Game 8: A Driving Tour of Asheville

Asheville Tourists vs. Greenville Drive (South Atlantic League)

ash1McCormick Field-Asheville, NCI just want to start off by stating that I loved this game. I love McCormick Field, and this should be on every baseball fans bucket list. Another downtown stadium, so parking is a little rough. That, however is the about the only thing you’d have to worry about. The stadium is located on a large hill, or mountain, I guess, which make for some nice scenery. The whole setup of the stadium is nice, with the concourse and gift shop in a nice setting. Part of the concourse is limited by part of the mountain, also. Our seats were great, as we got the dugout suites right next to the home team dugout. This luxury comes with snacks, drinks, and a chicken dinner from Bojangles’. We really felt we were treated like royalty! It was a day game which saw some buses of school kids enjoying the game also. This helped make for a great atmosphere, as well as the loyal regulars of McCormick Field. Another unique aspect, is that one lucky fan gets to deliver the game ball via a zip line. It was fun to watch, and must have been a great experience for that fan! The fact that it was a day game make it a little warm for us, but I can only imagine how awesome a night game would be here. The home team put on a great show, and I also got my first South Atlantic League game ball. This honestly rivals Durham for the best game on the trip. You can also see McCormick Field at the end of the movie Bull Durhamwhere Crash hits his record breaking home run.

Me with Mr. Moon. The moon out in the daytime, hhmmm...

Me with Mr. Moon. The moon out in the daytime, hhmmm…

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A fan delivers the game ball on a zip line. One of the coolest things we've seen.

A fan delivers the game ball on a zip line. One of the coolest things we’ve seen.

ash6ash7The game itself was a good one for the Tourists. When we saw the Drive a few days before they looked like a pretty solid hitting team, but Asheville hurler T.J. Oaks seemed to keep them of the kilter all day, as he went seven innings and only gave up the one run. The Tourists took the game over with a huge seven run fourth inning. It seemed like they were pounding doubles off the wall left and right. Second baseman Juan Ciriaco seemed to be the player of the game. Not only did he toss me the game ball, but he went 3-5 with an RBI. Rosell Herrera also pitched in, going 2-5 with a pair of RBI’s. Final score: Tourists 8, Drive 1.

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Finally! My first South Atlantic League game ball!

Finally! My first South Atlantic League game ball!

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The mural you might have seen in 'Bull Durham'

The mural you might have seen in ‘Bull Durham’

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I think the Tourists newest uniforms are pretty cool

I think the Tourists newest uniforms are pretty cool

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6 Comments

Nice Mike! Those killer dugout box seats sure made for some killer angles and close ups on your photos. Glad your trip is going well!
– Kristen

Kristen-yeah, the dugout seats rocked! Why not get the best when you’re only going to be there once? That old stadium is awesome, too…almost 90 years old!
-Mike

People forget about the scenery in ball games. I think for me, that’s really part of the whole fan experience. Now I have to watch Bull Durham again.

Yeah, the scenery was great. I wanted to get to a Tennessee Smokies game (Cubs AA), but couldn’t fit it in. Their stadium is built into a mountain I hear. Watch the end of Bull Durham, McCormick is in there!
-Mike

Great post! Thanks for stopping by Asheville and for all of these awesome photos. Posting this to our FB page now.

That’s great, thank you very much!
-Mike

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