5-23-09 Consol Energy Field

With the Pirates on one of their longest road trips of the year, and the second closest MLB team, the Indians being out of town, I decided to head to Washington.

No, not Washington DC, Washington PA.  Its a small town about 40 minutes south of Pittsburgh.  I actually spent four years of my life in this town while I attended Washington and Jefferson College.  Its a great town and a really nice area.    The minor league team there is the Washington Wild Things.

I attended this game with my wife, and we arrived in the parking lot around 4:40ish, and batting practice was already under way.  The plan was to snag my first career minor league baseball.  I had attended only a couple minor league games in my life (once in New Britain CT, and twice in Altoona PA).

When we arrived, we were surprised to see one of PNC Park’s regulars sitting beyond the outfield wall.  His name is Dan, and he is also a season ticket holder for the Washington Wild Things.  He was able to give us some helpful pointers about the ballpark, food, etc.

Anyway, there wasn’t much competition, like at Major League games.  I stood beyond the outfield fence and just waited.  I could’ve even just sat down and waited.

The view to my left.
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The view straight ahead.
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Check out the amazing cross aisle that I had behind me.  (We asked for the best seats and were given handicapped seats). 
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A few pictures from the game:
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100_1422.jpg100_1421.jpgThe balls that I snagged: (do not count in my season totals.) 
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I marked them ML 1 and ML 2, for minor-league 1, 2.  I do something similar with my spring training balls, marking them ST 1, etc.  For real game balls, I just put the number. 

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5 Comments

Erik –

The Ernie Banks photo was pretty cool. Ya gotta love Minor League Ballparks. I worked in minor league baseball for the past 12 years and even when working you find it hard not to run after a ball!

John
Baseballs 4 MADD
Major League Ballhawk
http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com

Hey, it’s a good way to pass the time until your Pirates get back home. Thanks for posting pics of the baseballs. I’d never seen Frontier League balls before. That reminds me… I’ve got to snap a photo of a Big West ball from here at UC Irvine.
~Matt
http://bloggingboutbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Erik…

That’s a pretty cool day. I liked the entry.

Leigh

Wow. That ball says Wilson on it haha. So weird. Anyway, it’s good to see you got to a game, Erik. I was thinking about attending a Minor League game that plays 15 minutes from where I live earlier this month. It never happened because of rain, but the summer is amongst us, so who knows? Lol, snagging at minor league games. I can’t ever imagine doing that every night hahaha.

– Donnie
http://donnieanks.mlblogs.com/

i drive past this stadium alot when driving from morgantown to youngstown. its not minor league though, isnt it technically pioneer league.

http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

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