It’s not any kind of a secret at all that I love baseball. I also have a growing love of minor league baseball. Three quick thoughts about why: inexpensive; live baseball; raw talent.
Last night I got to combine my love for baseball, fan loyalty for the NY Mets, and an evening out with my family and good friends, and head over to the lovely Joe Bruno Stadium to see the Mets single-A affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones play the local Astros single A affiliate Tri-City Valley Cats. I’m happy to report that the Mets farm hands out did their MLB parent, taking the set 8-3 (see the play-by-play here or read the story here). We’ve enjoyed several Valley Cats games this year, it’s a fun night out.
Maybe the most fun part of last night’s game was paying my $7.35 for my e-ticket and getting to sit in the front row adjacent to first base (and the visitor’s dugout). That means a field-level view of the game, and of two buzzed-about players – Brooklyn’s Ike Davis and Tri-City’s Phil Disher, both first basemen. There are a number of excellent players on the Cyclones! I wasn’t disappointed, and even nearly got my camera smashed by a hit that bounced off the wall in front of me (and stayed in play for Davis to field right in front of me). That was awesome! No, I didn’t get a picture… can you say ‘deer in headlights’?!
Here are a couple of shots I did get of those two at work – Valley Cats in white, Brooklyn in gray – you can click for a larger view.