Work brought me to Denver this week. The Rockies were on the road, but the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers were home. I made the 1 hour,15 minute drive to Security Service Field after work on Tuesday.
The drive was pretty nice, despite the traffic getting out of Denver. I snapped a pic of the Rampart mountain range while stopped at a light in Monument, CO.
As you can see in the pic above, the sky didn’t look so hot. The forecast just said “overcast” for Colorado Springs, so I was keeping my fingers crossed.
But as I got to the outskirts of Colorado Springs, it was clear that weather would be an issue.
I got to the stadium about 20 minutes after the game should have started. The start of the game was being delayed. It was barely spritzing rain but the clouds looked ominous and there was still an occasional rumble of thunder and bolt of lightning not too far away.
I killed time walking around the stadium. I took this pic from just outside the stadium, down the left field line, as they were taking the tarp off the infield.
There was some decent brush around parts of the outfield wall, so I looked for balls a bit, but found nothing.
The game finally started 1:40 after it was supposed to. I had gotten up early on the east coast that morning, and was debating how long to stay. I really wanted a Pacific Coast League lineup card — who knows when my next opportunity to go to a PCL game would come — so I talked myself into staying the duration, unless there was another rain delay.
There was a good crowd when the game started as it was $2 ticket night.
It did rain on a couple occasions during the game, but never enough to stop it.
Meanwhile, the game proceeded at a fast clip to start, but ground to a halt as the host Sky Sox exploded for 11 combined runs over the 4th-6th innings. Colorado Springs won going away, 13-4.
The game didn’t end until about 11:20pm, and the stadium had largely cleared out by then.
I was determined to get a lineup card, and decided to try the home plate umpire first, then the Sky Sox who were in the nearby dugout and would be in a good mood.
I struck out with the umpire as he ignored me.
I then hustled to the Sky Sox dugout and got there just as manager Rick Sweet was walking back into the dugout following the on-field victory celebration. There were a few other people around, but I was the only one to ask for the lineup card, and he handed it to me. Sweet (pun intended)!
I then ran over to the Rainiers dugout just in case I could grab their card as well. The dugout was empty except for a Sky Sox bat boy cleaning up. I couldn’t see into the dugout to see if the lineup card was still there, so I asked the bat boy. He said it was, hesitated for a split second, then took it off the wall and handed it to me. Double Sweet!
Nothing against the Sky Sox lineup card, because I would have been happy to just get that, but the Tacoma card was an “official” PCL lineup card with some neat watermarks.
I eventually got to my hotel in Denver about 12:30am, which felt like 2:30am ET. As long as a night as it was, I was glad I stayed.
2017: 23 lineup cards (13 dugout/bullpen; 9 “official batting order”; 1 “today’s lineup” card)
Lifetime: 144 lineup cards (100 dugout/bullpen; 41 “official batting order”; 2 “relief pitcher usage”; and 1 “today’s lineup”)