Wednesday, June 18, 2014
It was a cool and cloudy day with sporadic downpours and warnings of spotted flooding in our beloved Charleston. I voiced timid disappointment throughout the day that I might not be attending the ballgame tonight. But, it's Charleston; situations can change on a dime. Sure enough, a tweet and Facebook post from “The Joe” said it was game on, come on down!
I grabbed the umbrella just in case. Fishburne Street was indeed flooded. Two little boys holding hands with their mom crossed the road ahead of us. She gently chided, “Walk around the mud puddle, boys.” The same exact second she voiced her instruction, the boys' feet left the ground and splashed mom's capri-clad legs. It was clearly a tie. Mom laughed and said, “You got me.” Isn't that The Joe? Play anyway.
Ok, let's find our seats and then go for some brew and chew. The smells — oh,the smells! Green, damp grass, salty marsh, pluff mud, beer, popcorn, peanuts pretzels, hot dogs.
The tarps were rolled off the field and the preparations for pre-game festivites began. The City of Charleston's annual picnic was winding down at The Joe, with Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. announcing that Gary Smith and Gary Smalls were the Employees of the Year. They also threw out first pitches!
When the RiverDog team hit the field, the crowd whooped. The excited kids rushed back to their seats after acquiring signatures from their faves. And so it began — the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the food and the crack of the bat.
Food criers milled about. Tony the Peanut Man performed his song and happy clap dance in front of us. Mascot's Charlie and Chelsea wowed and wooed the crowd, as well as goofed off infield with the visiting SweetRight Brothers. The sun slipped behind The Joe and over the marsh. The night breeze felt great and the field was gorgeous. The crowd really gets into our RiverDogs team.
The game was great. The Asheville Tourists pulled off a win. But really, there isn't a bad night at The Joe, is there? I had a blast watching the crowd as well! Check out the pics. Pack up the family and head for a night of fun!
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