Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Faith Rewarded

Game 52: Bulls 6, Mud Hens 5 (11 innings)
Season: 34-18
Wrap, Box, Indy Week Story, Herald-Sun Story

To be honest, last night’s game was a bit dull through the first eight innings. Sure, Ray Sadler dove over the bullpen bench railing and was laid out for a while. But then he went back on the field and his next turn at bat messed up the Mud Hen’s Chris Lambert’s perfect game with a homer. But up until the 8th the most interesting thing that had happened was reliever Dale Thayer finding a new kind of “save”.

In the interregnum between the 2nd and 3rd innings a small child “races” Wool E. Bull around the bases, the child taking off towards first and Wool E. heading the reverse direction. This time the child reached first and kept on going. She was motoring down the foul line heading for the right field wall when Dale came out of the bullpen dugout and herded her back to the base path, to the great amusement of all.

We pretty much gave up at the top of the eighth. The Bulls were down 4-2. However, unlike in a previous game, we decided to watch it out from the terrace on top of the Blue Monster. That’s a really cool place to watch a game from, and an especially cool place to watch a Durham Bull (Chris Nowak) launch one right over the bull (that’s me standing under the bull in the video highlights). And a GREAT place to hear the THUMP of Ruggiano’s hit off the wall in the 11th for the win.

Cannot fail to mention the umpiring last night. I suppose it came out OK in the end, but that really wasn’t a homer in the 4th guys. And that really was a foul ball in Toledo’s 9th. And tossing two guys for arguing balls and strikes? What’s with that? They’ll rotate around today. Let’s hope they do better.

Good quotes in the Herald-Sun and Indy week stories.


  1. Those were some of the worst calls I have seen at the DBAP in a long time.

    We were actually sitting near the family of the girl who ran the bases. According to the mother afterwards, the problem was the girl was not expecting Tony the Tiger to be there, and he really freaked her out.

  2. I can understand that. I never did hear just what the heck the tiger was doing there anyhow. Pretty scary guy to those who didn't grow up on the old commercials, I'd think. Hope she was OK.

    Umpiring better today, in that they didn't outright blow any calls. Balls and strikes seemed erratic, though.