Another segment I hope to bring you on a weekly basis is Way Back Wednesday. This will be a look at old games, players, stadiums visited, long HRs, or anything else I desire really.
Today I want to take a look back at my 32nd Birthday. My niece and nephew were in town, so the three of us and my Dad went to the local minor league baseball game.
The Pensacola Pelicans play in the independent American Association. The Pelicans play at Pelican Park, which is also home to the University of West Florida Argonauts. It’s a nice park on the campus of UWF, and the baseball is definitely worth watching.
The game the day before got suspended due to rain, so we got there in time to see the end of game 1. The Pelicans finished off the Shreveport Sports 8-1 in game 1, and went onto win game 2 4-1 for a three game sweep.
The baseball action was good and exciting, and being there with my niece and nephew was a blast. Everything under the sun was eaten from hot dogs, to nachos, to cotton candy. It was a junk food free for all. During the game we won one of the between inning giveaways. We won because Katrina’s ticket number matched the winning number. The prize was supposed to be a free car wash from a local business, but they didn’t have that when my Dad went to pick up the prize. Instead they gave him a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant which turned out to be even better.
Part of the greatness of minor league baseball, especially independent ball, is the access to the players. After the game the players line up to sign autographs for anyone who wants one and they do it with a smile on their face. So after the game, we watched as Nicholas and Katrina both lined up to get a few autographs on the football the team gave away prior to the game.
Overall it was a great time. I enjoyed being with everyone at the game, and let’s face it, I had fun because I was at a baseball game. I love going to Pelican games. The atmosphere is always great, and the action on the field is second to none. So if you are even in town, drop by and check out a game. You won’t be sorry.