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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Charlotte Knights

The Knights (AAA White Sox) have a really nice stadium in the middle of Charlotte. I can't imagine what it must be like trying to get to a game on a weekday, but after driving around the stadium twice (through a bunch of roads that were being worked on and half shut down) I found a parking garage fairly close by that was actually reasonably priced (only because it was a weekend).

The park is surrounded by giant buildings and it makes for some pretty fantastic views once you're inside, although the park itself is fairly generic. As a modern stadium, its suitability for a daytime game isn't exactly high. The majority of the seats are baking out in the sun and everybody was crowding anyplace they could find shade.

On the other hand, it was both Girl Scout and Princess day. I'm not sure I've ever seen so young girls at a ballpark. When I first walked in, there was a line that went almost around the entire stadium. As I was walked to the far end of the stadium, eventually I saw that at the far end were all the Disney princesses and the girls were lined up to get pictures made with them. And God bless the women playing the princesses because they kept looking happy and smiling the entire time. I even saw one of them basically get mugged as she knelt there and a young boy slammed into her with a hug around her neck so tight there was no way she was breathing. She kept smiling the whole time. As the youngins say, much props.

Sorry there ain't better pics, folks. I had a space cadet moment and forgot my camera so these are all from my 4 generation back iPhone.

The game itself was pretty good. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA Phillies) got 2 runs in the top of the second off two homeruns back to back. Charlotte took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a three run homer by Zavala. The Iron Pigs evened it back out in the top of the fifth with yet another homerun. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, the Knights did something weird and actually pushed two runs across the plate through actually moving runners across the the bags without a single homer. You know - the kind of play which used to make baseball interesting and has almost completely vanished from the game. The Knights did the same thing again in the bottom of the seventh when Peterson scored on Escobar's single. In the top of the ninth, the Iron Pigs rallied a bit to put one more run in, but it wasn't enough and the Knights won 6-4.

Next weekend: FC Cincinnati, Louisville Bats, & Bowling Green Hot Rods.

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