Since I’ve been doing the rounds in the Midwest League, I’ve experienced numerous things that, having grown up in a major league town – and one with a domed stadium at that – I’d never experienced.
Most involve the weather.
Believe it or not, I never got sunburned at the Astrodome (Astroworld? Yes – but that’s a different story; many stories in fact.) And, though there was at least one rainout at the Astrodome that I recall, (1) I didn’t have a ticket for that night (I think it was in 1975), and (2) it wasn’t truly a rainout (even though the roof leaked a bit, the game actually was cancelled because of flash flooding that prevented people from getting to the Dome.)
Thus far in 2010, I’ve been at a few games where the rain made things yucky (particularly for a gal with a digital camera) but not unplayable. Once, I got to John O’Donnell while it was raining but with hopes that it would stop – and it didn’t. Another time, I got to Clinton with the rain long gone – but with the aftermath still making the field enplayable.
And then there was Memorial Day and a quick jaunt east on I-88 to Geneva, and Elfstrom Stadium, for the Kane County Cougars hosting Clinton. I saw rain on the radar – and I drove through a good band of it on the tollway. However, at gametime, no rain. There was even an on-field autograph session immediately beforehand.
And, the game got started. Kane County eventually won 7-4, but it took a bit longer than expected.
No, there were no extra innings.
And no, it had nothing to do with the the fact that the combination of the largely-white special Memorial Day Kane County uniform and the ankle shield made this guy look like what one would expect a player on the U.S. national cricket team to look like id cricket was an Olympic sport.
The rain came – and then went away.
It was the first time I’d been to a game that was only temporarily interfered with by rain. Only an hour or so – but, believe it or not, that was enough time for the PA system to blare every song one can think of relating to rain…and then the rain going away. (Memo to whoever makes the playlist at Elfstrom: The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” was a nice touch, but the original version of REO Speedwagon’s “Ridin’ the Storm Out” is much better than the overplayed live version.)
More photos will follow, but here are two more to tide everyone over:
Now that the semester is over, I’m hoping to do some updating (as well as journeying to the stadiums in the Eastern Division), including some nice shots I’ve managed to snag on film with the old Canon AE-1 (the pix are finally starting to come back from the processor; and most are looking nice!)