— Matt Nelson
The lesson of the story is, you never know what you’ll see when you buy a ticket at the ballpark.
Having a Monday off from work, noticing that the Kernels had a Nooner, and noticing that they were playing Beloit (MWL affiliate of my beloved Minnesota Twins), I decided to premiere my new “Ballparks of the Midwest” t-shirt at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
The highlight of the day was this bizarre happening in the Bottom of the 7th inning with Alexi Amarista at bat for Cedar Rapids. I can’t do it justice, check out Gazette sportswriter Jeff Johnson’s account here. My scorecard read “?” after that play. Now I’ll know for the next time.
The strikeout, withoutthe actual strikeout, is definetely the most memorable experience of this trip to the ballpark. Gotta love umpires.
Programming Note:The last segment of “Ballparks of the Midwest” airs this Wednesday, August 12 at 6:00 on KCRG-TV9. Check out my visit to Comstock Park, Michigan and the West Michigan Whitecaps. The 5,000 calorie Fifth Third Burger will not disappoint, I promise!