This is an excellent picture by Paul Ruhter, photographer for the Billings Gazette. Maddox has just pulled another pitch over the right field fence at Dehler Park. Maybe the opposing teams could shift one of their players to the other side of the fence. See the accompanying article in today's Gazette, appropriately titled 3 Not Quite Enough.
Clearly the pitchers were not quite up to their usual best or even average on a steamy 4th of July afternoon after a long bus ride home from Missoula. Almost 4 thousand faithful were on hand to cheer their summer heroes on.
Greg Rachac mentions some controversial plays in his article. The one I wondered about was our center fielder apparently dropped a ball while crashing into the wall out there. It looked like everyone was safe but the base umpire apparently thought he caught the ball before crashing into the wall and held it long enough to be counted as an out. At least that is the only explanation I can think of that would make any sense. And yet our talkative announcer, who usually is only too happy to tell us about all kinds of useful companies and their products, when he could really be helpful, remains completely silent. Why could he not give us ordinary folks that pay him to keep us informed a short explanation, perhaps from the official scorer or even from the umpire if necessary between innings? What say you, Mr Roller?