Went to our final AFL game of 2014 today, traveling to Surprise for no surprise, the Scorpions losing another to drop to a league’s worst 10-16. But we don’t go for the wins; we go for the pure enjoyment of Field of Dreams, which it was today.
Surprise, Arizona. Spring Training home of Texas and the World Series appearing KC Royals; fall home this year of the Peoria Javelinas while their home stadium is being refurbished. Things go at a slower pace here in Arizona.
What a joy to see a “ball boy” who was older than me! But gosh darn it – he must have had great bilateral knee replacement surgery because he was scampering all over the place at a very impressive clip.
The announced crowd today was 326 but I kid you not that the attendance wasn’t more than 150. Amongst the “regular” fans, this gentleman down the third base line captured the spirit of the day.
I was expecting to see Pat Gillick at some of the games but did not. I suspect he stayed out of view, not wanting to be spotted in Section 102.
Technology has certainly taken assessment of the game to another level. Well perhaps not across the board. Here is a high tech scout most likely from the San Francisco Giants.
And here is a low tech scout most like from the Philadelphia Phillies.
A take home message from the AFL? Particularly when the crowd is sparse, you have to pay close attention to what’s flying.
… as this couple can attest, when a sawed off bat propellored their way today.
I’ll close with a sequence from Phillies’ 6’7″ prospect Ethan Stewart because there’s a good chance you won’t be seeing him anywhere else soon, followed by a nod to the grounds crew who do such a great job keeping these arid stadia looking great.