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:

ferrous.jpgFe 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)



  1. crzblue2

    I love the drawings from the young fans! Pabrlo Ozuna! I remember him! I love the creativity used when selecting the minor league names. Iron pigs is a good one! I would love to spend a day like that… but I do make it to San Bernardino for a game every year on a weekend though and they are night games. too hot there.
    Our minor league teams are:
    Albuquerque Isotopes
    Chattanooga Lookouts
    Great Lakes Loons
    Inland Empire 66rs (San Bernaridno, CA)
    Ogden Raptors.

  2. rrrt

    Julia – oh yes, we most certainly need a day away now and then! Yeah, the pork race is pretty funny! Pigs, pork, makes sense. The Reading Phillies have racing vegetables, which isn’t nearly as fun.
    Jane – I wish they’d have one of these games every week! Kids or no kids, a day off is a wonderful thing!
    Emma – here I’m going to be educational again. IronPigs was chosen as the team name to honor the history of the Lehigh Valley in the steel industry (i.e. Bethlehem Steel). Pig iron is the name for the raw iron used to make steel. Switching the order to IronPigs allows for a metal pig as a mascot. They held a contest to name him – Ferrous was actually one of the suggestions I submitted, but so did 200 or so other people. The winner was then chosen by random drawing, and it wasn’t me. 😦

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