Posted on 12. Aug, 2011 by in All, General Baseball.

Mother Nature and the Montgomery Biscuits

After leaving my self guided tour of Auburn University, I continued South on I-85 towards Montgomery, Alabama. The goal was to see a Montgomery Biscuits game, AA Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.  I had visited Riverwalk Stadium once before, but it was during the off season and always wanted to return for a game.

As you will see in some of the pictures before, the stadium is built on the site of an old train station.   Part of the building used is the actual station, giving it a very historic and old look. I think it adds tons of character to the park.

I arrived way to early to Riverwalk Stadium and could not find much around the downtown park to look at or do to pass the time.  A little tired from the early start on my drive, I laid the drivers seat in my car back and attempted to take a nap in the car.  You can tell by the temperature registering, it was a tough task.

Sweating while sleeping...

About 90 minutes before first pitch I walked up to the ticket window to claim my ticket from will call that was left by the home clubhouse manager.  I had another 30 minutes before the gates were to open, so I sat down inside the old train station on a bench and read my Sports Weekly.  What happened next I was not expecting.

The skies opened up and the rains poured down.  And I mean POURED.  Parts of the mobile concession stands blew across the concourse as I sat and waited. The gates were now open, but it made little sense to get wet, so I stayed try in the outside seating area.  Finally, about 25 minutes before first pitch the rain had stopped and I entered Riverwalk Stadiun.  As is my tradition, I did a complete walk around the park, stopping every few feet to grab pictures of various items.

There was a significant amount of standing water in short right field and around the warning track, but I was assured by the ushers that the field drains well.  The skies looked clear and no more rain appeared to be in sight.  The final stop of my loop around the park was at the gift shop where I continued my tradition of purchasing a team hat.  The Montgomery Biscuits logo is one of my favorites in Minor League Baseball so I was happy to add one to the collection.

I had just reached for my credit card when I heard the cashiers walkie talkie go off.  “Double Header tomorrow starting at 5:30. Game officially canceled.”  My heart sank as I had just driven two and one half hours to see some baseball.  What made it worse was that it appeared the rain had gone, but I guess the field just couldn’t hold all the water it had endured the past 45 minutes.

Thoughts and ideas raced through my heads as I tried to figure out my next move.  The quick decision I made was crazy, but people that know me would of expected it…

Riverwalk Stadium

Team Offices

Outside of the old train station

Inside old train station, just outside the gates

Love this logo...

Buckets of water

View with the tarp on

View down the left field line

Right Field Luxury Boxes

Area behind home plate

Standing water behind first in short right field

Standing water around warning track

Right Field lawn

Left Field party deck

One Response to “Mother Nature and the Montgomery Biscuits”

  1. […] my day off with a great visit to Auburn University, but then struck out trying to attend a Montgomery Biscuits game.  As the saying goes, three is a charm, so I started on another […]

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