Due to a rain out last night the Altoona Curve and New Hampshire Fisher Cats played a doubleheader tonight. On a whim I decided to go. The promotion for the evening was an “Alex not Elvis” Presley figurine.
Since I was at the ballpark early I perused the program while I waited for the game to begin. I find it interesting that profane or offensive language is a prohibited item. There are separate listings for signs and “Guest Conduct” that seem to cover this.
The first game was probably the best-pitched game I ever saw in person. Both starters threw complete games (in the Eastern League doubleheader games are only 7 innings long), and Altoona starter Phil Irwin threw a 2-hit shut out. The Curve won 1-0. The game only took 1 hour and 33 minutes to play.
After the first game a storm rolled through, causing a delay of the second game. The game began with light rain falling. Altoona got another great effort from their starter and won 8-1.
The family of Altoona Curve right fielder Adalberto Santos was sitting near me. It was great to see how excited they were to see him play. He went 0 for 3 in the first game, but then went 2 for 3 in the second game. In his last at-bat he hit an RBI triple to right center, then scored when the next batter singled. The game might have been a blow out–and the runs were rather inconsequential–but there were some happy fans in the stands.