— Matt Nelson
Although the new segments of Ballparks of the Midwest won’t air on KCRG-TV9 until late June and then through August, I’ve started working on them!
Saturday I rode the Cedar Rapids Kernels team bus down to Burlington for a matinée against the Bees. Look for the story on Community Field and also what the road trips are like for minor leaguers this summer!
Like the shirt?
— 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.
I was really here for the visitors
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.
It was enjoyable to check out some of the Twins prospects. Beloit is not a very good team this year. They are currently last in the MWL West Division Overall Standings at 45-69. However they do have outfielder Angel Morales
(Baseball America ranked Morales the Twins 10th best prospect
prior to 2009). Bobby Lanigan
was the starter and Baseball America says he has the best slider of any prospect in the Twins organization.
Also, it was interesting to see Eastern Iowa native Michael Harrington as well as Jon Waltenbury,both of whom I saw play at Rookie League Elizabethton in 2008.
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!