Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple A affiliate of the Phillies), is one of the nicest minor league ballparks I’ve been to. There really isn’t a bad seat in the stadium, unless the temperature is nearing 100° outside. Then you’d at least want to have a seat in the shade. My seat was not in the shade, so things got hot pretty fast. The next time I order tickets I’m going to remember to ask for seats in Section 104 and up. According to the usher that was working in my section, the game was a complete sellout. I saw a bunch of empty seats though. Those people either decided not to come because of the heat or were in attendance but hung out in the shade.
The IronPigs played the Buffalo Bisons (Triple A affiliate of the Blue Jays) on Sunday. Former Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown currently plays for the Bisons. So does first basemen Casey Kotchman. Kotchman played with the Angels for awhile, and then went on to the Braves. He bounced around with a few other teams, before signing a minor league deal with the Blue Jays. I remember his rookies were a big deal in 2002. David Buchanan pitched for the IronPigs, and I got to see Darin Ruf. Future Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford was also playing. They say Crawford’s fielding has been good, but his work at the plate could use some improving.
One way to get out of the sun was to visit their Majestic Clubhouse Store. Compared to last year, it wasn’t stocked as much. They could’ve been running low on merchandise because of the doubleheader they played the day before. Either way, I picked-up a new Coca-Cola Park t-shirt and a few lanyards. With the Little League World Series coming up in August, I’m going to need those lanyards to store pins. One of the lanyards has a Star Wars theme to it, while the other is covered in bacon.
For lunch I had a cheesesteak. I’ve eaten hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, and pretzels at games before, but never a cheesesteak. It was really good. I finished it off with some chocolate ice cream. Out of all the ballparks I’ve been to, I think Coca-Cola Park has the widest range of different food options.
The next minor league game I’m scheduled to attend is in Harrisburg on July 9th. That evening the Senators will be unveiling a life-sized bobblehead of Cliff Floyd. Cliff Floyd is scheduled to be there, and fans will receive a replica bobblehead.
The IronPigs ended up losing 5-3 in 10 innings. While going through the gate I received a set of BBQ tools as a giveaway.
Remember this dude from the Angels?
Darin Ruf (batting) A.J. Jimenez (catching)
J.P. Crawford leading off 1st base