At noon on Friday, I assumed the Bisons opener was a no-go. The skies were charcoal, the rain was intermittent and the temps were chilly. A few hours later, it was 65, things lightened up, and a great time was had by all as the Herd rumbled with the Toledo Mud Hens.
Even this woman from Niagara Falls, who got hit in the back during the second inning, thought the experience was a good one. By the way, the good Samaritan who retrieved the ball after it hit the woman in the back was WGR’s Brian Koziol. Thought he deserved a plug after being a nice guy.
As for the game, it didn’t have much in the way of excitement, although Toledo did hit four bombs — three homers and another that was originally called a homer, then ruled a double — so somebody was providing offense.
• Want to get Western New Yorkers to come to your summer-time event? Sell beer and have live music. The Bisons are the latest to test the phenomenon as they started their Plaza Party on Friday outside Dunn Tire Park. This is a great setup, although the live band that played needs to be on some type of stage. Many on hand didn’t even realize the band was live because of the crowd. Live and learn.
• How is this team 3-6? They’ve got plenty of major-league talent, and their pitching staff was supposed to be one of the best in Triple-A. After the game, Torey Lovullo said he thinks the offense is getting a little passive, but he’s not worried about the pitching staff at this point. We don’t know how that can be true.
• Absolutely packed is the only way to describe the press box. Our buddies Peter and Andrew — the guys from Ultimate Sports Road Trip who have the greatest lives EVER — were just part of the crew on hand. Even Art Wander made an appearance, although he seemed more interested in the Masters, which was showing on the TV near the buffet table. Fun.
• The Bisons announced that they have not re-signed as an affiliate with the Cleveland Indians, meaning the truth about the Indians-to-Columbus rumors is probably spot on. That leads to all kinds of speculation, although I’m going back to my original thought that the Blue Jays will end up here. I realize the organization is poor at stocking its farm team, but it’s too important to not have American League East teams coming through Dunn Tire Park. I can’t stand the Yanks, but I always come by when the Herd meets Scranton Wilkes-Barre because the atmosphere is special.
• The same two teams play Saturday and Sunday, but the weather looks crummy both days.