Sunday, July 01, 2012

A night at the ballpark

Friday found Madame X and me in Des Moines, where that night we took in an Iowa Cubs game. We received some special perks in consideration for my writing an article on Red Faber for the team's annual yearbook. Ellen and Adam joined us to round out the foursome.

The evening included owners' tickets in the front row at Principal Park (thank you, Michael Gartner), where we were closer to home plate than the pitcher was.

During the second inning, Deene Ellis, long-time radio voice of the I-Cubs, interviewed me about Red, whose last two seasons of minor league baseball were in Des Moines (1912-13). 

It was a fun game. It included a massive home run by the Cubs' Josh Vitters -- all the way over the Cub Club in left field, where we had enjoyed dinner -- dominant pitching by Iowa's Rodrigo Lopez, one ejection and even a bench-clearing non-brawl. After the home team's 7-0 victory over the Astros' Oklahoma City club, the I-Cubs hosted their Friday Night Fireworks.

We won't be in the front row the next time, but we're looking forward to another summer evening of pro baseball in Des Moines.

Dinner in the Cub Club

Texting a photo to a friend, to PROVE we had great seats

Madame X, Ellen and Adam

Our new camera does well with high-speed action. The ball is a blur as it reaches the batter.

The beginnings of the confrontation between the teams. Oklahoma City RedHawks Manager Tony DeFrancesco (No. 11 in red) left the third-base coaching box to confront an Iowa infielder after an Oklahoma City batter was hit by a pitch.

Not much going on. Probably half the players wondered why they were out there.

Oklahoma City RedHawks Manager Tony DeFrancesco gets in his last words on the long walk to the clubhouse door in the left field corner. Of course, the Iowa fans let him hear it the whole way.