To have that many people turnout and wish you luck, so many of them wearing stickers, or asking for lawn signs, really provided a nice motivational boost.
The night started off with a BBQ in the picnic pavilion in right field. By 6:30 p.m. we were cramming them in.
The nice part of the picnic is that they send some players over to chat before the game. I think that most people attend these games because of the great job the franchise does in bringing family events to the people. It was nice to see the guys that are fighting for a career before our eyes each evening stop by and say hello.
For awhile, it looked as if we may witness history. The ValleyCats held the Aberdeen Ironbirds hitless for almost 7 innings.
Of course I had to take the blame on jinxing it, as seconds before the first hit I mentioned it to someone who happened to be walking by. The no-hitter was broken up in the bottom of the seventh with two outs on a little dink over the shortstop.
In the end the crowd cheered loudly for Troy native Joe Mahoney, the good guys won the game 2-1, and everyone in the party had a great time. On a night like this, how could you not.
Thanks to all those who came out to support my re-election this evening. The turnout was remarkable, and the knowledge that I have so many people standing behind me is always great to see.