Baysox: Dog day afternoon
The Orioles' eight-run bullpen collapse last night left me so stunned, that I took a wrong turn out of the neighborhood this morning and ended up at Prince Georges Stadium, where the Bowie Baysox are playing the Erie Seawolves.
Now, you might think I came out here to see Chorye Spoone pitch, or even to see Erie manager Phil Nevin, who was one of the greatest players to come out of Cal State Fullerton. If that was the case, I should have showed up on Friday night, when tempers flared during a rain delay and Nevin got into it (verbally) with a group of Baysox fans.
No, I came out today for the team's annual Bark at the Park promotion. Baysox fans were allowed to bring their pooches to the ballpark for an afternoon of fun that featured an appearance by Clifford.the Big Red Dog. The concourse was lined with special booths set up by local animal hospitals, pet food suppliers and obedience schools. It was a classic minor league promotion that drew a solid crowd and a lot of cute pups.
Check out Sabrina (upper right), who actually came to the park wearing her custom Baysox cap, and Monty (left), who thought his dad would enjoy a nice Double-A baseball game.
I'm surprised the Orioles haven't done a "Bring Your Dog to the Stadium" promotion, but they apparently learned their lesson a few years ago when some agent showed up at Oriole Park with Marty Cordova.
OK, that's a bit harsh, but it's a beautiful day to walk your dog and watch a ballgame, all at the same time.
Baysox PR guru Tom Sedlacek offered to issue a press credential for my new puppy, but Bogart isn't quite old enough to sit in the press box yet, so I had to get some writing tips from Clifford (below).
Clifford photo by Tom Sedlacek
Baysox game update: Erie right-hander Brooks Brown held the Baysox hitless for five innings before being replaced by left-hander Ramon Garcia, who did not hold onto the no-hitter for long. Matt Angle bunted for a hit to break it up in the bottom of the sixth. Guess he should be glad Dallas Braden wasn't pitching. Meanwhile, Chorye Spoone turned in a solid start for Bowie, working six innings and giving up just a run on five hits, but the Seawolves went on to score a 4-0 victory.