July 2, 2011: Potomac Nationals vs Wilmington Blue Rocks


Color Guard and Potomac Nationals
Starting Pitchers:
Chien-Ming Wang (#38, 2.57) vs Elisaul Pimentel (#25, 4.07)
Final Score: Nationals – 14, Blue Rocks – 1

What are the elements of a beyond-awesome minor league game?  How about a rehab appearance by an experienced major-league pitcher? How about players wearing jerseys that are as far as you can throw-back?  How about an awesome giveaway item?  How about a dominant offensive performance that included 4 home runs by the home team?  And how about fireworks to top it all off?

P-Nats Civil War throw-back uniform
Saturday night Ashley, Drew and I all attended the Potomac Nationals “History of Baseball Night”, which featured Abner Doubleday Bobbleheads, players wearing throw-back uniforms in the style of 1860s/Civil War soldier teams, and an excellent color guard in period dress (which means an all-wool uniform).  We had fantastic seats – front row of the field box, right next to the visiting team dugout, which allowed us a good view of Wang as he pitched, and into the P-Nats dugout.  The best part – these seats cost us $14 apiece and included seat-service for concessions so you don’t have to miss anything.

Wang pitches
Wang pitched 4 excellent innings, and it was fun to see the Taiwanese media and all his fans watching with rapt attention to every move of his arm.  It was also great to see the hot young players (particularly Hood and Peacock) doing great things for the offense – hitting home runs and just playing excellent ball.  Since minor-league games tend to be more experiential, enjoy a few more pictures.

Uncle Slam JAMS

In-game Trike-race
(full album from this game can be seen here)

Vote Michael Morse to the All-Star Game in the FINAL VOTE: http://atmlb.com/l1pGE4


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