Bisons fans are starting to shuffle through the ballpark as we update “The Dish” from our broadcast booth. Don’t tell Duke, but folks sitting in his chair and having a great time putting on the headset and practicing their home run calls. Feel free to drop by and say ‘hello’ as you pass by the booth and pick up the Bisons’ TV (or print one here!) and radio schedules.
Here’s a quick hits version of some of the fun:
- FREE Russer Hot Dogs on Midstate Bakery Rolls and Coca-Cola Soft Drinks
- NEW TEAM LOGO Gear available in the Batter’s Box Gift Shop
- 2 LIVE Shows from Children’s Music Entertainer Glenn Colton (12:15pm/1:30pm)
- Show Your Spirit with Brush of Class Face Paintings
- Test Your Skills in the Bisons Batting Cage and Radar Gun
- Swing for the Fences on Nintendo Wii Home Run Derby
- Take a Spin on the Bisons Prize Wheel to Win some Great Prizes
- Get an Inside Look at the Bisons Home Clubhouse, Press Box and Party Suites
- Classic Bisons Trophies and Artifacts
1:27 p.m. – I haven’t been able to take a break! A long and steady line of fans dropping by the booth to say ‘hello’ and talk about what’s ahead in 2009 for Buffalo!
3:12 – This one is headed for extras! A HUGE turnout and many were dressed in Bisons’ blue. No way this party shuts down on time with the number of people still at the yard. Thanks to everyone that stopped by the booth to say, ‘hello’ and talk about the season ahead. I ventured out of the booth just once and saw Pettibones was packed and heard the same was true for every stop along the way. Kudos, once again, to YOU – the Bisons fan.
3:57 – Crazy numbers… no word on the actual number of fans today but I learned there were 1,050 – yes one-thousand fifty – hot dogs ingested between 11:07 a.m. and 2:56 p.m.
~ Ben Wagner
One thing that Bisons fans will notice right off the bat at Family Fun Day Open House is the new color of the homerun line on the outfield wall and foul poles! Buffalo is paying homage to the orange foul poles that stood at Shea Stadium. The Mets lay claim to the only non-yellow foul pole color honor in the Big Leagues. I’m privy to seeing MANY parks in the minors and seen all colors of the rainbow down the lines, but this new look will be a first for the Bisons’ fan.
Come downtown and get look behind the scenes, grab some goodies and look at the new merchandise while you’re at it during your visit to Coca-Cola Field. We’ll be here updating “The Dish” throughout the festivities.
Today is the Bisons annual Family Day Open House (Noon- 3:00 p.m.). FREE to the public.
We’ll be updating “The Dish” throughout the event from the pressbox AND also visiting with fans for the Season Preview Show that airs tomorrow on WWKB-AM 1520 from 5-6 p.m.
~ Ben Wagner
Long-time Bison Jason Cooper scored the Herd’s only run. The outfielder was 1-2 on the day, scoring on a doubleplay off the bat of first baseman David Wabick. Outfielder Fernando Martinez finished the game 1-4 while third baseman Shawn Bowman was 2-3. Buffalo pounded out 12 hits in the loss.
The Bisons are now 0-1-1 in their 11-game exhibition schedule.
There are just 20 days until the Bisons open the 2009 season on Thursday, April 9 against the Pawtucket Red Sox (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).
~ Ben Wagner
We’re headed back to Buffalo for the Family Fun Day Open House at Coca-Cola Field tomorrow (Details: Click Here). Over the past week, we’ve been able to see first hand the impressive display many of the players made that have a chance to end up on the Mets opening day roster. The one that has made the biggest splash in St. Lucie has been Nick Evans, who by all accounts prior to camp starting was slated to be in Buffalo.
After making an immediate impact in his debut last May, he arrived to Spring Training on a mission and has continued the torrid pace all the while forcing Mets brass and manager Jerry Manuel to think about keeping him around for at least the first week of the regular season. Adam Rubin of the NY Daily News chronicles how Evans’ performance and perfect timing have worked in his favor. NY Daily News article: CLICK HERE!
If you haven’t been able to tune into our Sunday Season Preview Shows on WWKB-AM 1520 (5-6 pm): 1) Why? 2) You’ve missed some great information about who could be with Buffalo. Don’t worry though, they’re archived on Bisons.com and this Sunday we’ll have a lot of the fun from the ballpark and talk about the recent roster developments. Feel free to send your questions and comments to email@example.com for this and future shows.
~ Ben Wagner