Thursday, June 26, 2008

At The Game: Birmingham Barons

I was in Birmingham over the weekend for a wedding but managed to get away Saturday night to see a ball game. The Birmingham Barons were hsoting the Jacksonville Suns in a Southern League showdown at Regions Field.

The Barons are probably most famous for being the minor league team that Michael Jordan played for during his attempt to play professional baseball. The Barons used to have pretty cool uniforms but Saturday night they sported some cheesy powder-blue jerseys:

Not too suave if you ask me.

It was Star Wars night which entertained my son to no end.

A very nice stadium and a good game experience except for one minor complaint. They had all these inflatable, jumpy things over in a plaza near leftfield. There is no sign stating that your kid cannot play on them until you buy him a $5 ticket! You only find out once you get right outside the moonwalk (or whatever they call them these days). It would be nice to know beforehand.

The weather threatened but we never got more than a passing sprinkle.

The Barons won the game 2-0. Barons SP Carlos Torres (leads the Southern League in wins, second in strikeouts) shut down the Suns for 8 innings and then turned the game over to closer Jon Link (leads the league in saves) who picked up his 19th save. Then the fireworks began!

More pictures of the game below.


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