Last week found the Big Red crew at Pfitzner Stadium for the shortest home stand of the PNat season: 3 games. Plus, the three were on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a somewhat odd schedule. Most home stands end on Sunday. That isn’t the case as the 2013 season winds down.
When I last left these pages, I related the story of my fractured sternum. It is doing fine and I am hampered only by not being able to lift anything for a couple more weeks. However, the opening game of the set found us dodging foul balls again prompting me to create the attached video. By the end of the game, a total of 7 foul balls came our way and in the 9th inning, one actually landed on our table right next to my seat which hit hard enough to knock a hole through the table.
The Thursday game was a double header and resulted in a typical mid-week game. Friday was better and Saturday ended up quite successful but was very difficult on us.
The finale was Scout night, a Roger Bernadina Shark-a-rina bobble head giveaway, plus had Hall of Famer Denny McClain signing autographs. Unfortunately, the skies opened just as gates opened and it poured. Literally thousands of fans stood around for roughly an hour and a half in the
rain. Also, unfortunately, they weren’t spending any money so our pre-game, normally $400-500 on a good Saturday, was less than $50.
Once the game started, that changed and we got slammed. Our totals for the night were near what most Saturday’s do, only those sales were crammed into about 2 hours. As a result, we had trouble keeping up with funnel cakes and had long waiting lines for the first time this season.
Still, another very successful home stand.
Sunday sees Big Red starting a 6 day stand followed four days later by the last 6 dayer of the season. Playoffs will follow as well as the start of our football season. Reports to follow.