Last night The Lioness and I attended the home opener for the San Rafael Pacifics baseball team against the Pittsburg Diamonds. The Pacifics were the back-to-back champions of the independent Pacific Association last year and that makes them champs in three of the last four years.
They came into their first home game of the year with a 2-4 record. The competition this year is tougher and the Diamonds have proven to be as hard as their name suggests.
San Rafael was down by one run when they came up to bat in the first inning and in short order they took a 3—1 lead. Rookie Brent Gillespie hit a Grand Slam home run over the right field fence and after one inning the home boys were up 7—1.
The game was by no means a blowout. Pittsburg rallied repeatedly to stay within reach, but from the seventh inning onward it was an all-Pacifics game. They won 18—8, setting a franchise record and tying the Pacific Association record for the number of runs scored in a game.
You might say that last night’s win was the icing on the cake. In the pre-game festivities the team passed out championship rings and player awards for last season. The mayor of San Rafael was there with a brief welcoming speech and proved that politicos can get to the point and stop talking. In keeping with the Only In Marin theme, Grateful Dead guitarist Phil Lesh led the singing of the national anthem.
We got home at 11:30 pm and were grateful that we didn’t have to get up and go to work in the morning.
This was a common sight last night as another Pacifics player crossed home plate.
I used the Penny lens/Aristotle film combination in the Hipstamatic app to take this photo.