The ballgame in Lansing viewed by one person--me
by, 09-05-2009 at 12:15 PM (1286 Views)
We just finished up a three or four game series in Lansing depending on how you view it. There were three official games of which we took two out of three, and then there was a fourth game that was, for the most part, invisible, except for the Whitecaps starting pitcher, Casey Crosby.
Casey pitched four innings, receiving a no decision in a 5-0 win in a simulated game. I know he gave up one hit, and hit one batter, and I know he struck out a few, but the only stat I saw recorded was pitch count, so do not know all the details. I believe that it is the only win I have ever witnessed by the Whitecaps in which no pitcher received a win nor a loss.
It was an interesting game to watch. Casey was told whether he was facing a righty or a lefty (or he asked if he wasn't told). The pitching coach, as acting umpire, kept track of the count. I believe this is the only game I have ever witnessed in which the umpire stood behind the pitcher rather than the catcher. Casey threw four innings and 15 pitches per innning, and then sat down for five minutes. Later, I saw him charting in the stands and asked him what the score of his game was. He told me the team won either 5-0 or 5-1 (can't remember which he said). Pitching coach said that there were two solo home runs hit by the Whitecaps in that impressive no decision outing by Casey.
He still has a bandaid wrapped around that offending finger that is keeping him out of games. Here is hoping he is back for the playoffs.
All season long, when I have gone over to Lansing for games, their on field host, Kevin, and I have had fun kidding back and forth with one another.
It should not have surprised me when he had me come on the field for the seventh inning stretch on Wednesday night to lead the crowd in "Take me out to the ballgame". He introduced me as the Lugnuts number one fan (oh well, those who really cared, knew better). When he asked me, I said, "I don't have to sing 'Lugnuts' do I?" he replied "you can't sing 'Whitecaps'." so we compromised on the original "home team." Now, I have sung "root root root for the Whitecaps" since I moved here in 1998. When I got to that point of the song, I almost sang "Whitecaps", so there was this brief pause before I managed to sing "home team."
A small group from the Whitecaps were there and laughed about my near blunder after the game, but gave me a standing ovation--oh wait, they were already standing so that probably doesn't count. One of the Lugnut players congratulated me after the game on doing such a nice job on the National Anthem. I was laughing about that with one our radio guys the next day and he agreed that I did a nice job on the National Anthem........uhhhhh......