A Day In The Lehigh Valley
On Tuesday, while the kids were in school, my husband and I decided to play hooky from responsible adulthood, and spend a beautiful day at the ballpark. This was made possible by a promotion called Education Day, held by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. The result of this promotion was a 10:35 start time. Just perfect to get the kids on the bus and make the drive to Coca Cola Park.
When we got there, catcher Lou Marson waved a friendly greeting!
Nah, not really. He was just doing his pre-game stretching.
The IronPigs are the Phillies’ AAA affiliate in the International League. On this day they were hosting the Gwinnett Braves, an affiliate of (duh!) the Braves. I hate when teams give all their minor-league affiliates the same team name as the parent club. Boring! Sure, I know that way there’s no mistaking who they’re affiliated with, but please. The imaginative names are so much more fun, and they have nifty mascots, too. Like FeRROUS:
Fe is the symbol for iron in the periodic table of the elements; ferrous is an adjective meaning “of, related to, or containing iron”. See, this is educational!
For even more knowledge, the IronPigs featured little education nuggets on the scoreboard between innings:
I think there were a few others (I seem to remember one about a curveball curving more in Boston than Colorado), but I wasn’t always looking at the scoreboard between innings. They distracted me with things like the Great Pork Race:
Lest I forget, there was also some baseball being played. Here are some photos of IronPigs starter Rodrigo Lopez and Braves starter Todd Redmond:
IronPigs second baseman Pablo Ozuna made a fantastic catch in short center to rob a Brave of a hit:
During the game, instead of the usual head shots on the scoreboard, drawings from young fans were featured:
Lou Marson is looking a bit Spock-ish, and David Newhan seems to have used a bit too much tanning cream. A very neat idea though, and I’m sure a big thrill for the kids to see their names and artwork up there.
Mike Koplove closed out the ninth to get the save for the IronPigs, who won 3-1.
After the game it was time to head back to reality. Darn! All in all, an absolutely perfect day for baseball. I hope they have more early games like this one. We will be back!
(all photos by me)