All good things must come to an end, including Opening Day. This evening, I attended the Colorado Springs Sky Sox home opener along with the lovely Mrs. JT and two friends from church. We had very nice seats, as you can see from the above photo. Below the jump is a brief photo gallery from the game. Click any picture to enlarge.
This is the main entrance to Security Service Field. Not quite as impressive as Coors Field. Despite the cold and windy evening, 6,281 people attended, making it the third largest crowd for a home opener in Sky Sox history. By the 6th inning though, it seemed that about half the people had already left. I noticed one gentleman wore an Albert Pujols Angels jersey. Ugh.
Behold Sox the Fox, showboating mascot for the Sky Sox. This is the closest he came to me, passing by once in the early innings.
The die hards that stayed to the end of the game were treated to Friday Night Fireworks.
It was a very nice fireworks show for such a small venue. When the Rockies are out of town on Independence Day this year, their AAA affiliate might be the next best thing.
You might have noticed that I haven't yet said anything about the game itself. That's because there isn't much to say, well nothing positive at least.
What is worse than a 7-0 blowout loss on Opening Day? A 14-0 blowout loss on Opening Day. After both teams went three-up three-down through the first two innings, I thought we might have a pitcher's duel in the works. But the Las Vegas 51s spoiled all that when they scored 11 runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. You can see from my scorecard above that they batted around in the 4th, skewing the nice formatting of the free scorecard/programs that are handed out at every game. We did get to see two homeruns, one a grand slam by Travis Snider.
So much for that new humidor! Still, despite the lousy performance from the Sky Sox, it was an enjoyable evening at the ballpark and a great way to begin the weekend.
As the on-field host/DJ said, the best part about winter is when it ends on Opening Day.