Baseball the Right Way: Grumpy Gets an Eye-Opener
Grumpy just got back from Buffalo, New York, and doesn’t feel at all grumpy. Indeed, he feels ecstatic given his baseball experience there.
He and his good buddy Billy Wags attended a Triple “A” (International League) Buffalo Bison’s game on Saturday night and came back feeling invigorated – their faith in the game they love was restored.
Why might you ask?
Well, hell’s bells, this was like the baseball experiences Grumpy remembered from his past; wholesome and old school. Everything about this adventure confirmed that baseball IS still “America’s Pastime.”
This baseball experience included a fun night of great entertainment at an exceptional value. Now that’s what he calls OLD SCHOOL!
Grumpy and Billy watched a fantastic ball game between Pawtucket and Buffalo that ended with a Bison win on a walk off homerun, no less. Grumpy and Billy were joined by 10 000 other fans, who whooped it up, cheered and stayed in their seats right to the final home run walk-off dinger.
COST: The old guys parked one block from the beautiful Coca Cola Field facility at a cost of a mere $5.00. Their tickets on the first base side (close to home plate) 18 rows back cost $13.00. Beer was $6.00 for a tallboy can and food was reasonably priced and the gastronomical variety was AMAZING!
If this was a Blue Jays game at the Skydome the boys would be paying at least $50 + for the same seats – $10.00 for a SMALL beer samplers and $7.00 for freaking hotdog and, if taking the train from Aldershot Station – add another $20.
Here’s the kicker: EVERY DOLLAR YOU SPEND AT THE BALLPARK CAN BE IN CANADIAN FUNDS WHICH IS TAKEN AT PAR!
EVERY DOLLAR YOU SPEND AT THE BALLPARK CAN BE IN CANADIAN FUNDS WHICH IS TAKEN AT PAR!
AT THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE YOU ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY ON YOUR TRANSACTIONS.
Grumpy wasn’t Grumpy because he paid under $30 for the Bison experience whereas Blue Jay games can cost him as much as $100.00 + per person or more.
FAMILY ATMOSPHERE: The entire baseball experience in Buffalo is set up for FAMILIES. There were moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas with kids in tow. The family sitting behind us had purchased 17 TICKETS – taking up nearly two FULL rows. There were no DRUNKS, no obnoxious behavior and no nonsense.
Last week the Phenom attended a Jay’s game in Toronto and told us about a guy sitting in front of them who was so drunk he slept through the ENTIRE GAME. You see, because of the outrageous prices at the Dome these young dudes pre-drink before they get there.
If been there, I’ve experienced that – not to mention the swearing and obnoxious behavior. If you happen to find yourself in the wrong section at the dome, it might just seem like the “mosh pit” at a head-bangers rock concert.
This is not fun!
KIDS AND COMMUNITY COME FIRST: The Bison baseball experience is ALL about kids, community and families.
This particular night was –CELERY BOBBLE HEAD NIGHT!
Yes, you read that right.
The Bison’s were celebrating one of their many mascots and the kids were just over the top about this.
Celery you see is one of many mascots at the ball park. There is Chicken Wing, Hot Wing, Carrot, Blue Cheese as well as two Bison characters (Buffalos) keeping the crowd active and involved.
Every other inning a video was played about Celery and her special night, particularly in terms of how she was preparing for the big mascot race. (Celery, to this point, had 0 wins in the many running races contested this year.) She was the definite underdog and the kids and families just ate this up.
The Buffalo News described the big race this way:
“A crowd of 10, 127 came for Celery Bobblehead Night and were crushed when their favorite stalk got plummeted to the ground by Chicken Wing and lost the nightly race to the Wing and went winless!”
The crowd went nuts. The kids went crazy! A good time was had by all!
As Globe and Mail columnist, Jeff Blair, once said on the FAN590, “How can you not support a minor league team that has a celery stalk as one of their mascots?”
Only one inning later the fans went ballistic again when Catcher Mike Nickeas hit his pinch hit walk off home run to cap a three run ninth, giving the herd a 5-3 win over Pawtucket. It was Nickeas’s first home run in over a year.
THE FACILTY: Coca Cola Field is a state of the art – top notch– ballpark. Sitting in any seat you are on top of the action and the video scoreboard is one of the best I’ve seen ANYWHERE!
AND, THE FIELD IS ALL NATURAL GRASS AND LOOKS AS PRISTINE AS A GOLF COURSE.
Baseball purists rejoice!
Listen friends, this is great competitive baseball to watch and many prospects were part of this game.
Pawtucket featured the Boston Red Sox infield of the future with Jonathan Diaz (2B), Xander Bogaerts (SS) and Will Middlebrooks (3B). Highly rated prospect, Jackie Bradley Junior (OF), is also a player on this team. And, Jose Contreras was pitching on his rehab stint from the big club.
The Bison’s featured some familiar Blue Jay players and prospects such as Anthony Gose, Munenori Kawasaki, Andy LaRoche, Mike McCoy, Kevin Pilar and Moises Sierra. Grumpy and Billy didn’t see them play but pitchers Ricky Romero, J.A. Happ, David Bush, Chad Jenkins, Chien-Ming Wang and Brad Lincoln are all art of the Bison’ team.
To top all of this off the guys and their Good Wives had a pre-game supper at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery just ONE BLOCK AWAY. This three storey restaurant is an excellent place (reasonable) to sit down for a scrumptious meal and a beer (Craft Brewed on Site). This eatery was made famous as a popular hangout during the World Junior Hockey Championships.
BOTTOM LINE: If baseball is your game and you live in Southern Ontario give the Buffalo Bison’s a close look. Head down the QEW for a game because you won’t be disappointed. Go online and book those tickets now.
Anything that takes the Grump out of Grumpy has got to be good, right? He’s got his Celery Bobble head right beside him to remind him of that!
BTW: There are 18 home games left this season. There is plenty of time to retrace Grumpy and Billy Wag’s excellent road trip!
REMEMBER: The Pearl Street Grill and Brewery