However, we are back this week with another installment. The rules state that we have to visit the place within the same week as posting about it, so this is actually from Tuesday!
I enticed Brian with the Kraft Singles Tuesday Night Tickets, where you can buy one and get one free if you bring in the wrapper of your Kraft Singles. If you’d like more info, click here. So we rushed home from work to change clothes, only to find that our Kraft Singles were without a wrapper. At some point I guess (since I’m the only one who eats Kraft Singles around here) I discarded the wrapper and left the singles just floating around in the cheese drawer. Oops.
We reasoned that at $6 per ticket, it was probably still worth it to support our team, and we decided to go out to the ballpark anyway! Phew, that was close. What would I have written about this Friday?
So on to The Joe, as we locals like to call it. Officially it’s the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, named for
beloved mayor, who’s been in office since I was born! No seriously, since I was
8 months old. That’s 36 years. Wow. Charleston
And since we are sharing interesting stats, I’ll go ahead and get some other facts out of the way (according to Wikipedia):
· The Joe is also home to The Citadel baseball team, since the campus is right there. And the land once belonged to the school.
· The Southern Conference (which The Citadel is part of) has hosted their last 10 conference baseball tournaments in this stadium.
· It was built in 1997
· And seats 6,000 people
As for the RiverDogs, here’s some fun facts about them:
- They are owned by Bill Murray, who actually comes to a lot of the games. We’ve seen him there, although not this time.
- They are affiliated with the New York Yankees
- They’ve had lots of names over the years, and various affiliations with different teams and leagues:
- the Seagulls, aka the Gulls (1886-1920)
- the Palmettos, aka the Pals (1920-1922)
- the Rebels (1942-1953)
- the ChaSox (1959)
- the Pirates (1973-1977)
- the Patriots (1977-1978)
- the Royals (1980-1985)
- the Rainbows (1985-1994)
And ever since 1994, the team has been known as the RiverDogs. There is your history lesson for this Friday, now let’s get to the good stuff! I mean really, check out the view!
I love The Joe. It’s such a beautiful setting, nestled on the marshes of the
Sunsets are gorgeous here and the weather, with our weird mix of hurricane
threats and shocks from earthquakes three states away, has created a ‘calm
before the storm’ effect that made for an amazing evening to be outdoors. This
was also a double-header since the previous nights game had rain. Ashley River
With beers in hand, we scouted out the 2-hotdogs-for-$3 special that the bartender clued us into, and found our way to the top deck to enjoy the view. Oh yeah, 4 hotdogs later (between the 2 of us) we had Tony the Peanut Man's boiled peanuts as well! Since we had General Admission tickets, we could really sit just about anywhere, and this was especially true due to the lack of crowd to be had. I’m assuming with school starting back and it being a Tuesday that most folks stayed home?
Most folks EXCEPT the entire freshmen class of The Citadel, as well as some upperclassmen thrown in. Although they all cleared out, I’m assuming for a 9pm curfew? There were cadets EVERYWHERE. And at some point there was a cadet tug-of-war on the field that the upperclassmen won 3—0. Poor knobs.
See all those grey figures in the stands? Those are cadets.
We had a little surprise after the first game ended, and just before the second game started, a guy with a clipboard approached us and asked if we would like to be ‘upgraded’ to the Ashley Seats behind home plate! Um, yes please! The only stipulation was that we had to be in our seats before the 3rd inning because the camera would be on us for the whole stadium to see us on the jumbo-tron! Awesome. Oh, and “no gang signs, by the way”. Do we look like the type of people who would use gang signs?
|View from our Ashley seats behind home plate!|
The really funny part of this story is that we thought he said “the