Sunday, May 03, 2009

We made our first visit to McCoy Stadium this today. J., R. and I were joined by The Hey and his daughter and Bismo and his son for the Pawsox first ever Star Wars Day.

Yes, that's right. Two of my favorite things in the world, baseball and Star Wars. Could it get any better?

Well, I don't think it could. We arrived just after 12 and were greeted by local members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, Star Wars costuming groups. There were stormtroopers, clone troopers, Jedi, TIE fighter pilots, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia, among others. I got lots of great pictures of the kids with the characters, which will be posted on my Facebook page in the next couple of days.

The quality of the costumes was incredible. You can tell these folks do a lot of work on these things and really care about the quality and detail.

After taking a bunch of pictures, we made our way into the ballpark. The Pawsox are having a "kids eat free" promotion, so we got the kids coupons and grabbed some lunch, then made our way to our seats.

The game itself was a classic pitchers duel. Clay Buchholz started for Pawtucket, and Brad Penny should be looking over his shoulder. Buchholz went 5.1 innings, giving up no runs and two hits and regularly touching the mid-90s on the radar gun. Whatever Buchholz was missing last year, he seems to have found it again.

The starter for the Guinnett Braves was nearly as good, as Charlie Morton went 7.1 innings and only gave up one run. The run came on a dropped Chip Ambres pop-up, allowing Sean Danielson to score the game's only run. The Pawsox went through three more pitchers before it was over, but came away with their third 1-0 win of the season.

A great ballgame, some Star Wars and good company (including visits with some old high school friends who work the beer stands at McCoy). It just doesn't get much better than that.


At 7:53 AM, Blogger Brian said...

They are the Gwinnett Braves. ;-)


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