Monday, July 20, 2009

Play Ball!

We went to an Intercounty Baseball League game on the weekend at Labatt Memorial Park here in London, Ontario. Labatt Park is the "oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world", with a history dating back to 1877. It's a great place for a baseball game, right downtown, but you really don't feel that it's that close to the city's core.
These few photos tell a little about the intensity of play, and the big-on-family atmosphere the club promotes.
Oh, the London Majors (in white) did win over the Kitchener Panthers, 8-7.

I had to look twice at the catcher's mitt to see the ball neatly caught tight in his glove.

As part of the family theme, every couple of innings there would be some kind of little competition, candy toss or relay. This was a base running race, where a slew of kids started off between home plate and first, and ran all the way around the outside of the diamond, back to where they started.Somebody did pick out a winner, although I'm not sure how! But they all had fun ...

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