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DrCrawdad
05-24-2002, 04:12 PM
Charlotte Observer 02/24/02

Parque pitches Knights to victory

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/sports/baseball/minor_league/charlotte_knights/3326448.htm

TOLEDO, Ohio - Jim Parque pitched 5 2/3 innings and Willie Harris added a home run to help the Charlotte Knights beat the Toledo Mud Hens 3-1 Thursday.

Parque (2-5) allowed just three hits, including Chad Alexander's solo home run in the third. He walked four and struck out three.

Ed Almonte pitched the ninth for his ninth save of the season. He had two strikeouts.

Harris' solo home run in the eighth put the Knights up 3-1. Harris scored in the first after Joe Crede grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. Steve Morgan followed with an RBI single to put Charlotte up 2-0.

Mike Maroth (7-1) took the loss. He pitched eight innings and allowed three runs off six hits. He walked three and had five strikeouts.

Damion Easley, on an injury rehab assignment from Detroit , played five innings at second base for Toledo. He was 0-for-1 with a walk. It was Easley's first appearance since going on the disabled list on April 17 with a strained left rib cage.

RedPinStripes
05-24-2002, 07:50 PM
:butter
I'm ready dammit!

MisterB
05-24-2002, 07:58 PM
Originally posted by DrCrawdad
Charlotte Observer 02/24/02

Parque pitches Knights to victory

Whoa...time warp :o:

Tragg
05-24-2002, 10:19 PM
Good news.

He's a veteran, a lefty and we might need him.

Keep it up.

RedPinStripes
05-24-2002, 11:00 PM
Hey DrCrawdad, Were you on the score on bores and bernzy Thursday? I heard ya if it was you.

doctor30th
05-24-2002, 11:18 PM
And Jason Dellaero is progressing nicely, in the AA game He pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strike outs.

DrCrawdad
05-24-2002, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by RedPinStripes
Hey DrCrawdad, Were you on the score on bores and bernzy Thursday? I heard ya if it was you.

Yeah, I was on there - albeit briefly.

I bought tickets for the Wednesday, May 23 game when tickets went on sale. I hoped to see one of the ex-Sox Pirate pitchers. I had not sat in the bleachers before, so I decided to buy 2 bleacher tickets. My father-in-law, Bill, is a Cub fan. Bill went along with me. Bill attends several Cub games each season, but he had not sat in the bleachers either.

My bleachers experience?

This may come as a surprise - all in all I had a good time.

We sat in left-center field, in the front row. The fans seated directly around us were into the game. In fact the four “kids” seated behind us were keeping score, as I was. I was impressed that one of the “kids” had a semi-accurate pitch count.

During BP Kerry Wood was shagging fly balls in left field. Wood lobbed one ball just above the basket, which I snagged. That was cool. I’ve never got a baseball at a game before.

For all the hype prior to the game I left impressed. Mark Prior is a pitching machine. Cub fans have good reason to be excited with Prior in their staff.

Talk about the bizarre, me, a Sox fan sitting in the bleachers for my first time during Prior’s fine first start while Garland was tossing a gem in Fenway. I was sure the Wrigley scoreboard operators were screwing up when I saw the zero’s lining up in Boston’s row.

I had a good laugh though when a wasted twenty-something guy screamed at me that the Sox were soon going to be in 8th place. I asked what he meant since there are only 5 teams in the AL Central. As his words began to melt together, he muttered something, “the Sox will finish in 8th place anyway”.

I’m not hyper sensitive and not offended by a curse word. But one of the “K” sign guys couldn’t complete a sentence without dropping the F-bomb at deafening decibels.

The heckling was not only crude but also thoroughly vulgar & homophobic. The leather lungs relentlessly screamed at Brian Giles. They said they had {sexual relations} his wife, sister & mother. The nice personal touch was that someone knew Giles wife’s first name. When Giles hit his HR, I cheered. Good for Giles. The hecklers only descended further with the homophobic taunts, “Giles loves {male unit}”, etc. Showing that they’ve read the NY Post they began spouting stuff about Giles and Mike Piazza. I found it ironic that Cubbie fans were shouting homophobic taunts. So much for the garbage about Cubbie fans being more enlightened than Sox fans.

Towards the end of the game when I lined up to water the trough there was a drunken ‘lady’ in the men’s room. A chant started up trying to get the woman to lift her top. Security was on the way in as I was on my way out. I’m not sure if she gave a free show.

Soon after I got back to my bleacher seat security escorted a young lady out. When the security guard came back to his post, which was next to us, he told us that the lady got ejected because she exposed herself. We missed that exposé.

The same friendly security guard told us that the bleachers average 3 fights per game. So an average of 3 fights, chicks exposing themselves, how come there were no newspaper articles condemning the classless Cubbie fans?

All in all I enjoyed the game. The stuff that happened around us didn’t overly detract from the great game or my enjoyment of it. Of course what helped was that we had a security guard standing next to us and the fans seated behind us were really into the game. Had one of the foul-mouthed drunks been sitting next to us, I probably would have come away with a different view entirely and no doubt puke on my back.

The female mallard duck that was waddling the outfield grass was interesting. I got a laugh too when the fans cheered the duck. That was funny.

I spotted a father and son standing along the back of the bleachers. The little boy was probably about 5-6 years old. Anyway, I gave the little guy the ball that I caught from Kerry Wood. The little guy had such a big smile and his dad told me that the little guy was bugging him all evening for a ball. The father thanked me. I told the father and son to remember that a White Sox fan gave him the ball. I felt good. I’m awaiting my Nobel Prize. It was a pleasant way to cap off a nice night at the ballpark. And I wasn’t entirely disappointed that the Cubs won. ;-)

- DrCrawdad