Last Sunday, the 22nd, our local team, the Pacifics, hosted the Pittsburgh Diamonds on what turned out to be National Hot Dog Day. A local supermarket provided support by offering free T-shirts to the first 250 fans and the First-Base Cafe offered a special “Pacifics Bacon, Mac & Cheese Dog” for sale.
One glimpse of the featured hot dog told me that it was going to be a “different” day and that was confirmed with the pre-game rendition of the National Anthem. A conductor for a local orchestra played an instrumental version of the anthem on an electric violin and the performance was stunning. The hair on the back of my neck stood up as I imagined the wails and shrieks of the recipients of “the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…” that were so vividly communicated through the strings and bow in this master’s hand.
Our team ended up losing 3—2 and it was worth the price of admission just to be at the beginning of the afternoon’s contest and hear the National Anthem.
Here’s a “different” look at the stands filling up before the game.