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2013 Baseball Trip-Game 2: A beautiful Knight in Charlotte

Charlotte Knights vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (International League)

knights1Knights Stadium-Fort Mill, SCWell, it was a beautiful night in Fort Mill, anyway. The stadium is located just south of Charlotte. It was a Saturday game, so there was a really good crowd, and again it was good to see so many kids and families. It was also breast cancer awareness night, so the Knights were wearing their pink jerseys that were auctioned off after the game. The Knights had two mascots on hand, with Homer being the boy dragon, but I didn’t catch the name of the female one. The Charlotte Knights cheerleaders/dance team was also on hand, the lovely KnightinGals. Knights Stadium is nothing spectacular, but is good size for Triple-A. It’s a good walk up the stairs from the front row to the concourse. Some fans are excited by the new stadium being built downtown, but most feel it will bring higher prices for tickets and concessions. The current stadium isn’t that far from Charlotte, and has plenty of parking, so I think an upgrade would be better than a new one. We ended up moving from the front row to the upper deck to get a better view of the action, too. There’s not a bad seat in the house, but we love the upper deck. We met some great baseball fans in Charlotte, and it was a great night for baseball.

Hanging out with the lovely KnightinGals, the Knights dance/cheer team

Hanging out with the lovely KnightinGals, the Knights dance/cheer team

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The Knights were sporting their pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness

The Knights were sporting their pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness

knights5knights6The game itself wasn’t much fun for the home town fans, but there seemed to plenty of Red Sox fans cheering the visitors. I guess the Nation really is expanded, because we met plenty of BoSox fans in both North and South Carolina. It was good to see former Whitecap Justin Henry play again, also, for the PawSox. He played in West Michigan back in 2007. Final score: Charlotte 0, PawSox 4.

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Former West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Justin Henry, now with the PawSox

Former West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Justin Henry, now with the PawSox

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We met some great baseball fans in Charlotte!

We met some great baseball fans in Charlotte!

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Logo of the Month: Charlotte Knights

knightsLocation: Fort Mill, South Carolina

Home Field: Knights Stadium

League: International League

Affiliation: Chicago White Sox

Summary: This is actually a very cool logo, in my opinion. And during this coming seasons’ baseball trip, our second game on the schedule will be at Knights Stadium when the Knight take on the Pawtucket Red Sox. This will be my first time seeing both teams. We were in Pawtucket a couple of years ago, but the game was rained out. The team represents Charlotte, North Carolina, but the ballpark is located in one of its suburbs, Fort Mill, SC. From what I’ve read, the ballpark isn’t anything special, but a new one is being built as we speak in downtown Charlotte. There has been some opposition to this, and I’m not sure why, but the new stadium looks like it will be amazing. Too bad we’ll miss that one, but I’m sure we’ll have a great time seeing them this year, too. Baseball in Charlotte dates back to 1901, and the Charlotte Hornets (sound familiar?). The modern version of the team dates back to 1976, when famous wrestling promoter Jim Crocket, Jr. bought the team that was in Asheville, and brought them to town to become the Charlotte Orioles. They were then bought by the owner of the NBA Charlotte Hornets, and named the Knights. They have been in the original South Atlantic League, which became the Southern League, and then landed a Triple-A franchise in the International League. During their affiliation with Baltimore, the likes of Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Curt Schilling played in Charlotte. During their stint with Cleveland, fans were able to watch young versions of Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome. The mascot is a Dragon named Homer, and I’ll do my best to get a photo with that guy. Charlotte looks like a great city, and I am really looking forward to our visit. There is so much else to see and do, also, including the Charlotte Motor Speedway and President Polk Memorial. P.S.: I know this is the second LoM this month, but if I’m going to get through all the teams before my trip, I’ll have to double some of them up!

Official webpage of the Charlotte Knights 

Tickets in the Hand

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The first tickets for my 2011 baseball trip have arrived. Unfortunately, these may be the only tickets I’ll have in my hand before departing. The way ticket sales are now, you usually have to have some sort of printout, or your tickets sent to the Will Call window. The company I usually deal with for Minor League teams is called Ticket Return. It’s a good easy website that doesn’t have huge charges like Ticket Master. A lot of teams use this site, from teams in Iowa to Portland. At least you have the choice to pick tickets up or print them at home. Personally, I like real tickets, and ticket stubs as suveniors. The Boston Red Sox ticket I had to buy through Stub Hub, so I’ll be approaching Fenway this May with two computer printouts in my hand instead of real tickets. That is kind of disappointing to me…I just won’t feel right. Recieving my PawSox tickets in the mail is what you’d expect from this franchise. By the look of McCoy Stadium, it looks like an old time field, and the team seems to do things the old time way. I still have to get tickets for the Fisher Cats and Rock Cats, so we’ll see how their ticket offices work.

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