Every game matters. But let’s be honest – over the course of a 54-game, 2-month season, some home games matter more than others. Opening Day usually leads the way…the pomp-and-circumstance, the energy of the start of summer and a new season, and re-connecting with friends after a long off-season.
The 3rd/4th of July tend to get similar attention. Really, anytime the team lights fireworks, paints the field or gives something cool away, fans respond. The community likes the party, and the Sweets throw some of the best parties in the Valley.
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This next homestand is what defines the status of #SweetsCountry as among the best baseball fans in the WCL – it is all about the baseball. Yes, there are a few promotions (and those will be noted below), but with the club in the thick of an exciting pennant race, and some key players that have performed all season long still working hard for that playoff berth, this is the kind of homestand that screams real baseball fans.
Here are 6 reasons why these 6 games should be filled with Sweets fans:
- We can clinch a spot in the WCL Playoffs: Fans can read about the playoff race here, but the Sweets currently control a 5-1/2 game lead in the South wild card. If the ball bounces favorably in a few other games, the Sweets could very well clinch a playoff berth on our home field in front of big crowds.
- League Leaders: the Sweets feature a few players that either lead the WCL or are close to taking over the lead in some key categories. Cesar Lopez is 3rd in the league in RBI, and is 7 off the lead – a productive homestand could see him challenge for the league. Patrick Caulfield leads the WCL with 29 stolen bases, and he is making a push for 40.
- Your missing out: If you haven’t been to Borleske yet this season, you’ve been missing out. Great tacos from Ime’s. Ice cream from Brights. Cool shade that gives you a break from the heat. Fire pits. It’s been a blast!
- First Visit from Ridgefield: The Ridgefield Raptors – the newest WCL expansion club – are making their first visit to Borleske. As a division opponent, and a team still in the mix for the 2nd half title, the series is pretty important.
- The last time to hear “Oh Canada” this season: the best non-American anthem out there.
- Fireworks, Socks and Fun: It’s O.K. to be a fan that only comes for the promotions. We’ve got you covered throughout the week. Sunday, 8/4 is Kids Day presented by Sweet Basil Pizza – kids 12 and under are free with paying adult. Tuesday, 8/6, Del Taco will have $1 tacos and $3 beers from 6-7 pm. Wednesday, 8/7 is Fan Appreciation Night with fireworks post-game, and Sweets Socks presented by Columbia REA to the first 1000 fans.
For a preview of the baseball, see Roy Elia’s story here.
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