Sioux Falls Stadium, Sioux Falls, SOUTH DAKOTA
State number: 37
States to go: 13
Number of games: 1
First game: July 8, 2016 (Sioux Falls Canaries 18, Winnipeg Goldeyes 9)
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There are many, many ways to get a low score on this website.
I’ve been places where there is no local feel. I’ve been places where the crowd was disinterested. I’ve been places that were out of control with their promotions.
I will admit that I am not predisposed to enjoy independent-league ball. I have trouble keeping track of the narrative and can’t quite get behind the bigger stories involved. I’m sure that if I knew the ballplayers, I would have a better sense of this, but since the majority of the players are out of affiliated ball and (save for a few) won’t be getting back in, the narrative isn’t exciting to me. I respect the ballplayers for making money doing what they love, yes. And they’re better at baseball than I am at most things. But I can’t follow the story, and I like stories.
The canaries weren’t doing any favors here, either. Their program had literally nothing on their opponent!
And on this night, the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Winnipeg Goldeyes were not
And then came a hilarious blooper.
My buddies went out to get a beer. They’re beer snobs—they have been known to call American commercial beer
Turns out that they each went to a spot and were looking up at the list of beers, when the person behind the bar said “You know, Miller Lite and Coors Light are free.”
“Because of your wristbands.”
My friends were not wearing wristbands. But they gave them free beer.
I cannot even believe that this happened. Apparently, they wandered into a group setting without being stopped, and then managed to get a free beer. But when the whole ballpark feels a bit disinterested,
The game became so draggy and so crooked-number-y that I didn’t fight very hard when the suggestion was made that we abandon it in the 8th inning and head back for some Quickword competition. And, again, if I’m the one bolting a baseball game, it’s a pretty serious problem.
So I hope that Sioux Falls has turned it around. Seem like some nice people there in South Dakota, and athey deserve a better experience—a less apathetic experience—than I got on that night.
REGIONAL FEEL: 3/10. I do not remember anything here. The view is of a suburb that could be in any of the 50 states.
CHARM: 2.5/5. There is nothing charming about cash grabs.
SPECTACLE: 2.5/5. Don’t remember much here.
TEAM MASCOT/NAME: 2/5. Canaries? Really? Maybe there’s a local reason I don’t know. Here is Cagey, the chief canary.
AESTHETICS 2.5/5. Not much of a view, and the concourses were really unattractive.
PAVILION AREA: 1/5. One of the most unattractive I have ever seen, and they wanted money.
SCOREABILITY: 0/5. No visiting team rosters, no interest in what happened on the field. Scoreboard regularly wrong. The baseball was tertiary to the experience, and the experience wasn’t even much.
FANS 3.5/5: Fine.
INTANGIBLES 0/5. The baseball was horrible (errors, walks, nobody getting anybody out) and the experience was both expensive and disinterested. Not a very good night, I’m afraid (although I still like baseball).
BASEBALL STUFF I SAW HERE:
Pretty much everything one doesn’t want to see. Nobody could get anyone out. Twelve walks, a catchers’ interference, several errors, a hit batsman, passed balls…ick.
JC Linares hit two home runs for the Canaries, a grand slam and a two-run homer.