2010 signifies the third year that IronPigs baseball has been in Lehigh Valley, but last year was the first time I made it to a game. I figured if I'm gonna do it right, I'm gonna go see the Triple A affiliates of the Phillies (Lehigh Valley IronPigs) play their rivals, the Triple A affiliates of the Yankees (Wilkes Barre-Scranton Yankees).
It was opening day of the 2009 season at the award-winning Coca-Cola Park in Allentown and it was still pretty chilly for April (I had to wear my winter jacket to the sold-out game, but good news for tomorrow night's home opener at Coca-Cola Park, the temps should be in the 60s for the game).
Unfortunately, the IronPigs weren't playing so good against the Yankees, so my experience at the game revolved primarily around the food: Aw Shucks, nacho porkers, pizza, hot dogs, beer and a $3.50 bottle of Coke. In fact, I may just go back to an IronPigs game this year just to get another seasoned-and-buttered cob of Aw Shucks corn.
During the food, I watched the game and the between-inning activities to entertain the crowd like the dancing dirt people and the three little kids dressed as piglets racing around the outfield. I also watched the people. Based on what I saw, going to an IronPigs game means different things to different people (and the beauty of Coca-Cola Park is it accommodates everyone).
- For families: A night of good, clean fun.
- For teenagers: A night of socializing without the 'rents.
- For professionals: A night of schmoozing and seeing old friends.
- For 30-somethings: A night of drinking and heckling the poor right fielder.
- For baseball fans: A night of watching their favorite sport.
So, are you going to tomorrow night's home opener of the 2010 season? Luckily, the IronPigs aren't playing the Yankees again - instead it's the Rochester Red Wings (the Minnesota Twins' team).