As you might can tell from the title, tonight was Christmas in July at the ballpark. The game was a little lacking tonight, but the between inning games, the sledding on Natty’s Hill, and the nine innings of great gifts given away every inning sure made the night a fun one!
They converted Natty’s Hill into a sled run for children of all ages. Our PA Announcer, Jim Scott did he opening remarks while sledding down the hill tonight. It was pretty entertaining to watch the baseball game and then all of a sudden the “snow blower” turn on and Natty’s Hill would be covered again. In the middle of each inning they would draw a name for a gift. And these weren’t your average gifts either. Lowes donated a Gas Grill and Drill Set tonight. Trek donated a bike. A 30 dollar gift certificate to Red Mango. And the list goes on. So on top of all the usual stuff you also had this as well. And then as you left the ballpark tonight they gave you chocolate. So once again, when it comes to fan appreciation and entertainment, Greensboro baseball was definitely THE place to be.
The Hoppers lost another close battle tonight as the West Virginia Power flipped their circuit at the score of 4-2. Starting Pitcher on the “Winter Wonderland” night was Scott Lyman. He would throw 6 innings, allow 4 hits and two Home Runs. Those home runs were back to back, might I add. He had 8 strikeouts however. He made sure he did his part in keeping Don Moore and his crew up on the “JETS PIZZA K ZONE” busy. Scott would be relieved by Greg Nappo who would pitch two innings allowing no hits and one strikeout. Collin Cargill would be the closing pitcher for tonight. He would allow one hit and no strikeouts. With this loss the Hoppers drop to 14-19 in the second half and currently 5 games back behind first place. With all the festivities surrounding the Christmas in July tonight, I was armed with my trusty Kodak Z5010 to capture the essence of the night. Below are a few pictures from tonight, be sure to click here for all the pictures from tonight as published on the Hoppers fan page on Facebook. Enjoy the photos and as always IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!
Rudolph pulling his sleigh
The kids anxiously waiting for the hill to be white again
Josh Adams sliding into Second
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