High five > Fist pound.
The Vipers return home tonight to play seven games in six days. There are a lot of reasons for fans like you and me to attend these games.
Before the GBL season started, I took a look at the schedule and tried to determine what, in my mind, would be a good start to the season for the Vipers. I figured that winning 5 of 7 at home, and then going .500 on the road would be a very good start (maxing out expectations), and the Vipers have beaten those wild expectations by one win.
This is a good baseball team, ladies and gentlemen, let’s show up in support for this home stand.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
The Vipers host the defending GBL Champions, the Orange County Flyers, and will be looking to exact some revenge for last season’s last-inning championship loss. Also, the Vipers will be looking to keep the Flyers’ record perfect. The Flyers are 0-8 to start the season. You have to marvel at their consistency.
If you like free stuff, Friday is free Vipers keychain day, or so I’ve read.
Saturday’s game is a double header, which means two seven-inning games in the GBL. A Koala from the Calgary Zoo will allegedly be throwing out the first pitch. This I have to see. Mark Okano and Teryy Mermer are former Flyers, so let’s see if they really stick it to their old team this weekend.
Friday’s game starts at 7 PM, Saturday’s double-headers start at 5 PM, and the Sunday afternoon series-ender begins at 1:30 PM.
MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
The standings can’t change enough from now until Monday for the St. George Roadrunners to be anything but a first place team in the South Division. If the Vipers take care of business on the weekend and maintain their lead in the North Division, this series could be for the top spot in the league overall.
St. George just did Calgary a huge favour by sweeping Chico, but don’t expect Calgary to lay their swords down in return. This should be a very good, hard-fought series.
Youtube self-searcher A.J. “Mr Magician” Valentine will be making his triumphant return to Calgary for this series. Mr Magician is having a great season so far after being traded to the Roadrunners from the Scorpions for 25% of future considerations. He’s batting .390/.519/.756 with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs as June 5th.
Monday is “ViperPod Speaker Giveaway Night,” whatever that means. I’m curious.
All games for this series start at 7 PM.
BOTH of these series are the only times that Calgary will host these teams at Foothills Stadium during the entire regular season. If you want to see the teams from Orange County and St. George – now is your chance.
LASTLY, Yuki “Hey” Matsumoto is on the inactive list with a slight concussion. He left the field in an ambulance during a game on May 31st at Yuma after being struck under his catcher’s mask by the bat of Yuma Scorpion Carlos Arroyo. The Vipers agreed to terms with C Buddy Morales to fill the gap. Here’s wishing Yuki – who was fast becoming a crowd favourite even during limited work during home games – a quick and full recovery.
UPDATE: I wrote this post last night, and restrained from posting it until this morning on the off chance that the OC Flyers defied all odds and actually won a game… and not only did the Flyers win, I forgot to check before this morning’s post went live. Such is life; time for the Flyers to start a new losing streak.