The Grand Prairie AirHogs baseball team played the Amarillo Sox today at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie. What was funny about the event was the AirHogs chose to wear their black jerseys. Now anyone in Texas can tell you if you are out in the hot Texas sun, that’s the last color you want to wear in the direct sunlight.
The pitching coach for the AirHogs agreed. Let’s listen to Coach Thad Markray of the AirHogs:
The Grand Prairie AirHogs had runners on base in eight of nine innings on Saturday night, including runners in scoring position in seven frames. However, 13 men were left stranded on the bases and the AirHogs were only 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position, as the St. Paul Saints held on for a 5-4 win in front of 2,495 at QuikTrip Park, clinching the AirHogs’ first series loss of the 2011 season.
I had the chance to catch up with Coach Ricky VanAsselberg after the game and these were his comments:
I would imagine these little guys had a blast at the park. It was a big deal for them.
And let’s not forget the Grounds Crew and Sgt. Buddy keeping the field looking so good!
As always, it was a good game, and I had a blast at the old ball park.
After the game there was a fireworks show, and then I sort of captured the mood after it was all over and fans were leaving the park. We fans need to be out at QuikTrip Park every night, to witness things like this: See you there!
The good news is that the Grand Prairie AirHogs are in first place in their division. They had just come back from a road trip and a 9 game winning streak. That’s the baseball side of things. The entertainment side of the game is equally as important.
Watching great baseball is fun. But let’s face it, we fans like to eat at ball games right? We also want to have fun at ball games as well. I’m just saying, for the money, I don’t know how to beat a fun night at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.
What lots of folks don’t realize is this is a business, like everything else. There are players out there that are real people, with real families, along with real dreams and desires, just like you and me. I get the feeling sometimes that because baseball is a game, that we fans don’t stop to consider that this isn’t a serious proposition for these players. If they (the players) don’t produce, they could be sent elsewhere. That’s not a knock on the AirHogs, that’s sports in general. I go to many ballgames in a season, and I see how much the players give of themselves.
And you know who else gives a lot of themselves at ball games? The staff and contractors at ball games. Watch this.
You see this young lady here in the video?
She’s an intern for the AirHogs. That means she doesn’t get paid directly from the organization. She is working on her Master’s degree from a local college, and gets educational credit for her volunteer work.
There are so many people involved to put this grand show on night after night. You might think this would take lots of money to go see a game right? Look at this.
Sooooooo much for sooooo little.
So let’s recap here.
1. A quality baseball team that is in first place in their division.
2. A beautiful ball park that is in the shade when game time rolls around. Did I mention there is a swimming pool in center field? (It’s called Porter’s Pool because Greg Porter was the first player to hit a home run in the pool).
3. Just about any kind of food and drink you need. Yes, a beer and a dog is standard here. Peanuts and cotton candy too.
Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of this.
The National Football League and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit over Super Bowl XLV tickets, saying reimbursement offers to displaced ticket holders were legally adequate.
“These offers were made to be accommodating to the NFL’s valued fans, but in fact, they exceed the amount to which any of the ticket holders is entitled,” lawyers for the NFL and Jones said in a court filing today.
I guess I don’t understand the defense that the NFL and Jerry Jones are using. It sounds like they are saying that they replaced the ticket holders expense for the original seats that they purchased.
The fans, seeking to represent other ticket holders in a class-action, or group suit, accuse the league and Jones of breach of contract, breach of faith and fair dealing, fraud, deceit and concealment and negligent misrepresentation.
Lawyers for the league and Jones said in an earlier filing that they offered to pay 3,296 fans a total of $4.5 million to $9.3 million.
“The motion filed by the NFL is nothing more than a Hail Mary pass,” Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a phone interview. “Unfortunately for them, it is going to land on the ground.”
About 475 fans weren’t seated and watched the game on video screens. Another 2,821 fans were relocated to new seats, or were delayed outside the stadium, according to court papers.
The case is Simms v Jones, 3:11-cv–00248 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas).
It sounds like some fans weren’t even given seats inside of the stadium. What sort of reimbursement is that?
I wish I could just embed these videos, but you know, they belong to Major League Baseball and they don’t like to embed their videos, but if you will hit the links you can clearly see the difference on about the same kind of play to end the ball game in each game last night. First, here is the spectacular grab by the Giants Right Fielder Nate Schierholtz :
There is just something magical about the Opening Day of baseball. This past weekend was the opening day for the Grand Prairie AirHogs, and there was much to see and do as we old baseball dogs reminisce about baseball everywhere.
Aaahh yeah, the sounds of fans at the park, people standing in line to buy tickets, little baseball players in all shapes and sizes, coming to the park to enjoy baseball!
A brand new team brings new hopes and new dreams of having a championship caliber team here in Grand Prairie. There are still some great players from previous teams here.
So do yourself a favor. Get out to QuikTrip Park as soon as you can and enjoy the fun, the food, and some great baseball. Live the dream!
Hello sports fans. It’s Sunday and spring has sprung! One sure hint that spring is here is the annual frustration that is March Madness. Now I could be all macho and come on here and tell you I am doing great in my bracket contest in my league , and that I had the results planned all along, but I would be lying. The truth is, I am indeed in first place, but I have no idea what I’m doing. (UPDATE) As sure as I had this planned for a nice article, I fell in to second place. At any rate, I’m certain this makes the other 105 other people with brackets in my league go insane. Oh well, it’s fun to win when you have no idea what’s going on.
Happy birthday today to Cousin Bill Harris in Memphis Tennessee. Hope you and yours have an awesome day today and get ready for me to come visit in about a month. I’m starting to make plans now.
Can’t wait to go see all my new found Tennessee relatives and go see Beall Street! Have a great day peoples.
I know this because my new allergy problems are letting me sneeze the mornings away. But let’s put that aside for a moment. The good thing with spring is the annual arrival of the great game of baseball again.
With the arrival of baseball comes the dreams of sitting in right field with peanuts a dog and a beer enjoying the glorious sunshine and heat.
It’s also the time to request media credentials for various ballparks and Texas Motor Speedway as well.
I plan to expand my presence at local sporting events to give you, the readers of my blog, the unwavering support that you deserve for your patronage here. It’s going to be awesome!
My plans include press credentials for the Grand Prairie Airhogs, the Frisco Rough Riders, and dare we say Texas Rangers? I can try right?
It appears CBS has refuseses to air a commercial that addresses the stalled contract talks between the NFL owners and players.
The 60-second commercial was set to air once Saturday after the 2 p.m. kickoff of the players’ All-Star game on CBS’ College Sports Network — the day before the Super Bowl.
CBS is one of four networks that combined to pay the league $4 billion a year for television rights to air the game, and union officials have implied the ad was yanked because of the networks’ ties to the NFL.
“We’re totally annoyed and irritated that we’re not allowed to use the time we’ve been allotted during the game,” George Atallah, assistant executive director of the players’ union, told the New York Post of the ad, which he was informed wouldn’t run because of “the content.”
Company insiders told the Post that CBS’ executives decided to reject the spot — estimated to cost about $60,000 — because it “crossed the line of fairness.” A source said the channel was nervous about having to “air the owners’ views as well as the players.”