Super fun day kicks off 2012 season

Not too many fans can have more fun at the ballpark than we did on Wednesday. The sun was shining, and we were more than ready to soak up some baseball. The kids got to spend the day with their Papa, too, as us taking him to the game was park of his birthday present. Not a huge crowd for a noon game on a weekday, so we had plenty of space for us to walk around, watch the warm-ups,  and the kids had to play on the park before the game, too.

Dean Green and Colin Kaline
The new manuel scoreboard and high tech video board bring a lot of character to Fifth Third Ballpark

The highlight of the afternoon, especially for Brian, was the Crash Dash. Each game one lucky kid gets to race the Whitecaps’ mascot Crash around the bases. Lucky for Brian, his number came up and he didn’t fail. We got to hang out down by the West Michigan dugout, then got on the field for the race. Brian darted around the bases like a pro, and left Crash in the dust! He looked great on the big screen, too. Thanks to Lily, because she took some great pics while I was on the field with Brian. I was able to snap a few with my phone, also. I think Brian was pretty happy with himself after his performance, and we were all pretty happy for him, too!

Rounding second!!!

Brian looks so cool up on the new video board! At one point the whole family was up there!

Trevor was busy during the game also, as he caught a stuffed egg (yes, like a stuffed animal, but it was an egg) to give to his sister. He was also given a game ball by Jason Krizan that he is very proud of. Lily, Brian, and I snuck over to the seats that were taken from Tiger Stadium, and sat there for a little bit. Those seats are usual always empty, because they cost twice as much as the others.

The Eyeball Race!

In the game itself, the Bowling Green Hot Rods hit the ‘Caps pitchers pretty hard, nailing 18 hits for the 9-4 victory. Krizan had a good day at the plate for West Michigan, though, he hit a sac fly in the fourth innings for the Whitecaps first run, then walked in a run for an RBI seventh. He had a solo home run in the ninth inning to, but the team was unable to score any more runs. Dean Green extended his six game hitting streak with a bunt single in the fourth inning. He’s now batting .423 with two home runs. On the mound, Josue Carreno took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits.

In all, it was a great day at Fifth Third Ballpark to kick off the 2012 season. We would’ve liked a Whitecaps victory, but had a great time regardless. With the sun shining, a cold beer, the little guy running the bases, Lily’s stuffed toy, and Trevor’s game ball, we all went home happy. We ended the day at Chuck E. Cheese’s, too, just to make it even more fun for the kids!!!

Relief pitcher Nick Avila

Photos property of M.I.B.

6 thoughts on “Super fun day kicks off 2012 season

  1. What a great day! Good job, Brian! Glad he didn’t do any over celebrating when crossing home plate and came out injury free (looks pretty dang cool on the big board too!). Also, don’t think I didn’t notice how the Tigers seem to have a patent on the “Avila” name😉

    1. Jeff-it sure was a great way to get the season going. We have some more fun planned this summer, too. Yeah, it must be nice to have names like Avila and Leyland….funny how the Tigers were the only team interested in these guys…

  2. Oh my goodness, Brian looks like such a big boy now! It’s amazing how much they all grow up in a year. It sounds like you guys had the best time and that’s what it’s all about. Though I have to admit, those eyeballs are kind of freaking me out, he he.
    — Kristen

    1. Thanks, Kristen! Yeah, he’s getting big, and will starting t-ball this summer, even. We had a great time and we also have some fun games planned. The eyeballs are a little freaky, I admit!

    1. Thanks, Quinn. The next games we’re going to are out in New York, so maybe we can catch up with guys in Buffalo. We’ll be hitting a Whitecaps game when we get back into Michigan, too, though. Have a safe trip back.

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