21 June 2011
Mustang Opener Attracts Crowd
Most of the seats were full, the grass berm was more or less occupied, the standup crowd along the left field fence looked about 3-4 deep, and the concourse was moving with people all the time. I didn't stay long enough to hear the announcement about the size of the crowd.
The game kinda' fizzled after the Voyagers scored 4 runs in the 6th inning and the new manager, a Mr Kelly, was ejected for being a jerk to the home plate umpire, a Mr Guttenberger, I think. I hope this was a one-shot deal for Kelly, as arguing about balk calls with the umpires is a fools' game, especially when you use bad words. After Mr Kelly's buffoonery, Homer the Mustang entertained the fans from the top of the dugout.
The score actually ended at 9-4. The fielders looked a little jittery. There are only two errors marked up here on the scoreboard but there were at least two other catchable balls that the scorekeeper was kind to the fielder about. The starting pitcher, Mr Mugarian, pitched 5 innings and looked good. Mr Martinez faired less well in the 6th. Mr Poulk hit a long fly HR to right center. There is a story in today's Gazette as well as a picture of Mr Kelly. For unknown reasons the writer of the Gazette story thought Mr Kelly's
silliness was a good thing. He did not receive a 'rousing ovation.' Mustang fans have a little more taste than that.
All things considered, this wasn't a bad opening night. The Voyagers made a few errors too but they scored more runs than we did. And their manager behaved himself. Same two teams mix it up tonight. See you there.