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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, and Alaska’s 110-Year-Old Twilight Baseball Game

The state’s most famous baseball tradition is the Midnight Sun Game, played annually on the summer solstice in Fairbanks, home of the Alaska Goldpanners, the world’s northernmost baseball team. First pitch each year is at 10:30 p.m., more than two hours before official sundown; as the sub-Arctic sun ducks below the horizon, the game continues in dim twilight, without the aid of artificial illumination. By the late innings, the sky is bright enough to get wood on a fastball, but dark enough that your Little League umpire would have called it off.

This past Sunday, 90 minutes before the 110th-annual game, long shadows stretched across the ragged AstroTurf infield, where the Goldpanners, a collection of national collegiate talent, were taking batting practice. “One year we hosted a national team from Taiwan,” recalled Ski Marcinkowski, a local who was in the stands selling raffle tickets for the very Alaskan prize of an ATV. “It was a cloudy night, and their coach kept pointing up and saying, ‘Turn on the lights.’” Marcinkowski laughed. “He didn’t quite understand the concept. The lights don’t even work.”

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 28, 2015 at 07:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

ABQ Journal:  Little League’s Antics Spur Uproar

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was unimpressed with Caesar Garcia on Tuesday, never mind the Altamont Little Leaguer’s three-run home run Tuesday in a nationally televised Southwest Regional game from Waco, Texas.
Garcia and his father, in turn, are unimpressed with Strasburg.

Twitter “journalism” at its finest, and further proof that not much of newsworthy consequence occurs in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

frannyzoo Posted: August 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM | 55 comment(s)
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