I set off today around noon to check out the National Pig day. There was a long line of folks lined up in the bitter cold wind to buy tickets, some saying they waited as long as 4 hours for the chance to get games they wanted.
Get used to this weather Pig Fans, the Ironpigs have 22 home games scheduled by May 16th. With a heavy home stand early on in the year one wonders if the league is compensating for the high attendance that Ironpig’s fans have accomplished over the past 3 years. Give the other teams a chance to pull in warm weather crowds. Not my main point, but something to ponder.
A few things of note from National Pig Day…
Our good friend Matt Provence was seen cooking up complimentary hot dogs. Per his press release later in the day he noted that 1,494 hot dogs were distributed adding that 6 never made it to the bun. I witnessed his skill with the hot dog tongs and have to say only 6 dogs hitting the deck this morning is an accomplishment.
Another thing I noticed was a set of Ironpig go carts in a plastic wrapped wooden carton sitting on the concourse by section 115. At first glance they appear to be mini-Nascar models both with what looks like a lawn mower engine. I wonder if the Pork Racers will take things to a new level…
Also from the Ironpig’s press release:
·12,000 tickets sold at Coca-Coca Park, via phone and on-line (more expected on-line through midnight)
·1,031 complimentary IronPigs Yard Signs distributed (one per family in attendance that chose to register)
·1,400 complimentary pulled pork sandwiches distributed by Royal Gourmet
·600 complimentary pretzels distributed by Philly Pretzel Factory
·1,150 cups of complimentary Hot Cocoa dispensed
·768 can of complimentary Coca-Cola Products distributed
·4 live pigs available for petting and photos compliments of Ross Mill Farm and Pig Placement Network
Of note today, Chad Durbin signed with the Cleveland Indians.
Also wanted to mention (as we have a diverse fan base out there) that the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club will be holding their 2011 Kick off meeting on Tuesday night at Hampton Lanes.
From their Facebook site:
Scheduled To Appear:
Scranton Yankees – AAA Farm Team of the New York Yankees
Trenton Thunder – AA Farm Team of the New York Yankees
Lehigh Valley Ironpigs – AAA Farm Team of the Phillies – General Manager Kurt Landis & PA Announcer Tim Chorones
Glad to see the local franchises supporting a fan club.
One last thing before I finish for the day.. with the Phillies defeating the Yankees today in a Nationally televised game I really don’t have much to say that you don’t already know so I will share my view of today’s game.