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Reyes-ing my spirits
Last night was Star Wars Night at the local baseball park. Why they do it in mid-June, and not May The Fourth when it should Be With You? No idea.  But this year's was especially attractive since they promised a full-game rehab appearance for Jose Reyes, one of my favorite recent former Mets. He signed two off-seasons ago with the hideous Miami Marlins, who traded him after one season to Toronto. Coincidentally, the Bisons also traded this past winter, replacing the Mets as their major league team with the Blue Jays. So when it was time for Jose to rehab after a nasty early season injury, the big boys didn't send him to Brooklyn or Binghamton as the Mets always used to do with their recovering stars:

Jose was jere.

I waffled about going last night, but ultimately passed. The game was a near sellout when I had to decide, and an online ticket would have been over 30 bucks by the time the convenience fee and processing fee were added in. (They now let you save two bucks by printing the actual ducat at home, but big whoop.) Plus, the game was a 6:00 start, and the yard would have been full. Besides, I've never seen quite the allure of having Darth and Obi-Wan sabering each other in the stands; they did it at the Fenway game I went to last summer, and it all seemed out of place.

So, instead, I opted for today, when I knew I could just walk up as usual and get a seat 20 rows behind the Bison dugout for all of 13 bucks.  Plus, early on, I had run of the place to get even closer to the boys as they warmed up, and even after the game began. (Not many Rich Products executives are using their Row A through R season seats on a hot Sunday in June.)

Also, unlike the deal at the Mets' ballpark, ushers are very live-and-let-live about where you actually sit. I never even looked for where my seat actually was; I spent roughly the first three and final two innings several rows closer to the field, and the middle innings under a roof overhang so I wouldn't be totally toasted out there.

It enabled shots like this:



That's Jose getting his pregame running in.  Ah, but no fielding practice: Reyes was only DHing today, so I only saw him the four times in regulation he came to the plate.  (Yes, he's wearing Number 1, not 7; no idea why.)

All of them were exciting, though. He almost beat out a routine grounder to first as the Bison leadoff hitter.Here he is, coming back to the dugout after that:


He then reached on an infield hit in the fourth (then Buffalo's first baserunner) and almost tried to stretch it to a double. He followed that by trying to steal second four times, all four being fouled off, before finally taking off on a hit-and-run that almost ended with him landing safely on third.  He ended the appearances I witnessed with a nasty comebacker to the pitcher that would have been a hit if it hadn't line-shotted right into the dude's glove.  When he went down in the ninth, I headed out; the game was still a scoreless tie; it didn't end until bottom 14, when another old Mets pal, Mike Nickeas, doubled and then scored after Reyes's pinch-hit replacement laid down a bunt and the Durham pitcher threw the ball away.

But Jose helped keep it going that long- 2 for 5, in an ultimate winning effort. And he'll be back for one more rehab appearance here tomorrow night!

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Yet those weren't the only experiences of being out at a game on a beautiful day.

Before the game, there was lunch. And the highlight of the new Blue Jay affiliation isn't a major upgrade of players (they traded a lot of the AAA-level players to get Reyes and others at the major league level), or of talent generally (Toronto's and the Mets' AAA affiliates have roughly the same records so far), or of media presence (we can't watch Blue Jay games on local or cable television)- but we have a new staple at the concession stands.   Yes, I give you....



poutine.

It's more a Quebecois thing than Ontario-ish, but America's Hat is all the same down here, eh?, so this lovely mess of fries, cheese and gravy certainly hit the Canadian spot.  Once and only once, though. I washed it down with a Buffalo brewery craft beer and that was it for the rest of the game.

Now you might think that, to balance out that health hideousness, the team would now allow Celery to take a winning place in the daily Chicken Wing race held mid-game. They made us think it might be today. But, as with every previous appearance, Team Green came up wanting:



I did see kids with Celery plushies in the stands, and she apparently is getting her own bobblehead later this year, so there's still hope:)

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canadiandiamond From: canadiandiamond Date: June 23rd, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmm, poutine.
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 23rd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I occasionally miss working Bisons games. Do they still play the Stones' 'Start Me Up' & 'Don't Stop' at random points in the game?
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: June 23rd, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't catch those. Gotta make room for the Call Me Maybes of the day, yaknow.

Buster was about two rows from me at one point. I thought of calling out "crash cart, stat!" to see if they still have an EMT in there.
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 24th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I doubt it-- Sabretooth paid better so he'd switched to that right before I left. No idea if Gene's still in there...
digitalemur From: digitalemur Date: June 23rd, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's poutine at your ballpark? You lucky dog, you!
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