Just for fun listen to "I Love Baseball" by Steve Vozzolo and the Rookies. It's a cute and catchy song that you will probably find yourself singing or humming without realizing it. The cutest thing is to hear Kendra singing it - talk about singing from your heart.
So today was my last ball game of the season :( Anthony and I went to Rochester and it was a beautiful day for a ball game. Sadly, Carlos didn't catch today, seemed the coach was letting some of the guys play that haven't been in the game much lately. I did get to see Carlos though :) Chiefs gave it a run, but couldn't pull it out - final score Rochester 6, Syracuse 4.
Molly posted a picture of an avid Rochester fan on the blog wearing happy shorts. That was three days ago...yesterday he wore flag shorts to Syracuse and when I saw him in Rochester today, he was wearing the flag shorts again. No further comment.
We had some trouble figuring out if we were in the right section because the signs are a little confusing and the usher was REAL busy talking with someone. So we went to where we thought we were supposed to be and a woman turned around and told us we were in the wrong section. She assured us that "everyone does that." Funny thing, it was happy shorts's daughter - the one that always accompanies him to the Syracuse games and sits one seat away from him to his left (ALWAYS!).
I suspect she knows everyone in her section rather well and we must have stood out like sore thumbs. I was, however, so grateful for her help.
We find the fans to be quite friendly in Rochester. Maybe that's because we are not obnoxious Syracuse fans, though I can be quite obnoxious...let's just say we used our "company manners." I really was quite low key until Corey Brown hit a home run - just couldn't keep quiet anymore. Then it seems, everyone in our section was interested in talking to us.
The guy behind us on the right asked if we remembered Kenny Robinson who pitched for the Chiefs in 1995 and 1997. He says Kenny was his roommate in college. He also said he was a great baseball player and a great guy.
Kenny played for the Kansas City Royals in 1996 and unfortunately only had a three season career. Sadly, Kenny died in a traffic accident at age 29. In tribute to Kenny, I would like to share what was written about him...
"A package of inspiration, leadership and dynamite since his outstanding youth days with championship Manchester A's teams, he was an aggressive player for any spot on the field and eventually excelled as a right handed pitcher and a spark plug catcher. At Hogan High he became a two-time Beacon Journal Player of the year for great defensive catching, clutch hitting and superb pitching. After a stint at Cleveland State U, Kenny moved to Florida State primarily as a pitcher where he did very well. He played for the Tallmadge Stars, C+P Sales and Crockers during early college years and was drafted out of Florida State by Toronto Blue Jays and had brief stints with the Jays and and KC Royals and although only 5'7" (but 185 lbs), put up some fine numbers as a reliever. In the spring of 1999 Kenny was in Arizona on the Diamondbacks roster when he died in a traffic accident."
Kenny's career statistics: Record 2-2; Earned run average 3.91; Stikeouts 40
Behind us on the left were three fans who had a lot of questions for me about the stadium in Syracuse. It's one of the few they haven't been to (Buffalo too). I bragged about the turf and the new scoreboard.
Kinda cool: Wilkin Ramirez was shown on the jumbotron singing a song - I think it was "his" song that he uses when coming up to bat. He was pretty good too.
Sound effects: "woo hoo" then pause, "woo hoo" then pause. It happened about 6 times and during the pause, the audience copied the woo hoo. It was kinda funny and I might have tried it once or twice myself ;)
Seating arrangements: Woman #1 (speaking to 2 little girls) "go ahead and sit here girls" Woman #2 "those seats are taken" Woman #1 "all of these? is anyone sitting in them?" Woman #2 "yes, they've gone to get food" Woman #1 "well we have seats down there, but we usually just sit anywhere in here" Okay! We were sitting in the 5th row from the field and woman #1 was referring to seats in the 2nd row...why would you want to seat in the 4th row? I have a couple other things I could say about that whole sit wherever you want when you go to a ballgame situation, happens everywhere it seems (except in Louisville!!)
Very sad the Chiefs lost today, even sadder that it's the last game and now we have to wait a LONG, LONG time until baseball season starts up again. But happy to have had an opportunity to see them one more time. It was a nice day for a road trip and like I said earlier, a beautiful day for a ball game.
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