First Minor League Game

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entrance to Coca-Cola Park

I wanted to check out a minor league baseball game, so I decided to go to an IronPigs game in Allentown. It was about an hour drive from where I lived.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are the AAA affiliate of the Phillies since 2008, when they moved to the area from Ottawa. Lehigh Valley itself, is a region in Eastern Pennsylvania. I would pass through it a lot during our family trips to the Pocono Mountains. Also, Lehigh University is where the Eagles have their preseason training camp.

So I got a head start, and drove up to Allentown. I've been to this city a few times, but never really took the time to really see it. One time, I had cousins living here, and went to the amusement park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, a few times.

Coca-Cola Park
Honestly, all I really knew about it, was from the Billy Joel song of the same name. Driving through it now, I noticed how rundown it was.

I got to Coco-Cola Park, and got my ticket through will call. The ballpark looked like it was not in a good area, and the parking lot looked like that of one from an university. It did not seem to belong to the ballpark itself.

I went inside the ballpark, with some time left to look around. I noticed so many advertisements around the park, probably even more than some of the major league ballparks that I've been to. I considered buying some food, but decided against it.

I got a seat directly behind home plate, for only $10. First time ever, sitting this close to the action. I would sit next to some season-ticket holders, who I got to talk to.
postgame fireworks
While not at the level of the majors, it does a certain charm to it. And in this case, I may get to see some players who could become future Phillies stars.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs took on the Charlotte Knights. The Knights took a 2-1 lead, before the IronPigs tied in the 4th inning. It would remain tied, and causing the game to go extra innings. A first for me. The IronPigs scored in the bottom of the 10th inning, as they beat the Knights, 3-2 in extra innings. After the game, was postgame fireworks. It was very short, and I think there were a few duds, as they seemed to have some trouble getting some of them off.

Afterwards, I went to the car, and would have to wait a long time until I got out. It took at least an hour to get out of the parking lot, as it was a chaotic mess. I would listen to the Phillies game in the meantime, as it was a little fuzzy at times. This part was no fun at all, and why I don't drive to games in Philly ever again. When I finally got out, I headed back home.

This was a fun outing to my first minor league game. And hopefully, more to come in the future.

Zagnut66 says:
I went to a Frederick Keys double header once in Frederick, MD (an Orioles affiliate). In the minors they limit each game in a double header to seven innings, so we were only there for about four hours. It was fun.
Posted on: Aug 14, 2013
vulindlela says:
Nice little ballpark, and a good crowd!
Posted on: Aug 14, 2013
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entrance to Coca-Cola Park
entrance to Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
postgame fireworks
postgame fireworks
Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
statue of mascot
statue of mascot
Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
look at all those advertisements!
look at all those advertisements!
Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
view from my seat
view from my seat
more advertisements
more advertisements
IronPigs logo
IronPigs logo
John Mayberry Jr waiting on deck
John Mayberry Jr waiting on deck
scoreboard
scoreboard
Coca-Cola Park
Coca-Cola Park
IronPigs vs. Knights
IronPigs vs. Knights
mascot race
mascot race
postgame fireworks
postgame fireworks
Allentown
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