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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)


Friday Night Fish Fry

In what has become a disturbing trend so far in this season for the Phillies, starter Brett Myers gave up 3 runs to the Marlins in the first inning tonight on a 3-run homer to Dan Uggla. Cripes, guys, what’s with all the long balls? I’m getting a little tired of it, as I’m sure pitching coach Rich Dubee is, too.

The Fish retained that 3-0 lead through eight innings. Things looked bleak for the Phillies heading into the ninth, as Ryan Howard was retired to start things off. But then Jayson Werth doubled, Raul Ibanez walked, and Matt Stairs singled to drive in a run. Lou Marson walked to load the bases, but then Eric Bruntlett struck out. Next up was Jimmy Rollins, who walked to force in another run, making it 3-2. Shane Victorino picked an opportune time to have his bat awaken, as he then hit a grand slam to give the Phils a 6-3 lead. Chase Utley would add a solo shot of his own for good measure, to make it 7-3.

Ryan Madson took over in the bottom of the ninth, and though he allowed a walk and a double, he retired the side with no further scoring. Phillies win!


No crotch shots in today’s newspaper – darn! Two worthy captions for yesterday’s photo were submitted, they appear below.


“No, if you cover it up like this no one can see the stain”

– OR –

“Hey, get that away from my best friend!!!”

Thanks to Julia of Julia’s Rants for the first one, and Stanley of Phillies Red Pinstripes for the second. Thanks for having some fun with me!

(photo by Steven M. Falk/Philadelphia Inquirer)