Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Top 10 reasons to come out to RAP this weekend

The sun is setting on the season
The WCL season is winding down and entering its final days, so you might want to wander down to Royal Athletic Park this weekend to take in a HarbourCats game one last time. The Bellingham Bells will be taking on the ‘Cats in a three-game set that starts on Friday, so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, come on down to the old ball yard and take in some of the action. 

With apologies to David Letterman, we present our Top 10 Reasons to Come Out to RAP This Weekend:

Alex Real.
He’s cooled off at the plate of late, but he’s still seventh in the league in hitting with a .342 average. This guy alone is worth the price of admission.
The weather forecast is for continued sunshine, but this glorious summer won’t last forever and the winter rains aren’t that far off. Take advantage while you can and grab one of the many sunny seats at RAP this weekend.
Alex Calbick.
I know, I know, he plays for Bellingham. But he too is worth keeping an eye on. The Burnaby, B.C. native is third in the batting race and he is within striking distance of the league leader, Wenatchee’s Connor Spencer. Although this is Bellingham's first-ever visit to town, Calbick has already played in Victoria this summer – he went two-for-three with an RBI in the WCL All-Star Game.
Seriously, who doesn’t like fireworks? On Saturday night, there will be a fabulous fireworks display following the completion of the game. The first two fireworks shows got rave reviews, so we’re expecting the third and final show to be just as good.
John Schuknecht.
The younger of the two Schuknecht brothers has been on fire at the plate recently. He became the first HarbourCat to register a five RBI game when he hit a pair of homers to left field at RAP on August 1st. Come on out and see if he can do it again.
Spinnakers Beer.
For those of drinking age, a trip to the Spinnakers kiosk during the game is a must. What goes better with baseball and sunshine than a frosty beer? OK, maybe a hot dog -- but let's not split hairs.
Bryan Conant.
We’re holding out hope that we’ll get to see Bryan Conant take to the hill one more time at RAP this year. This guy is a joy to watch pitch – he’s like a left-handed Greg Maddux.
Great Ballpark Food.
There’s the outstanding pulled pork, beef brisket and poutine at the Pig food truck and some awesome burgers at Ambrosia to choose from. Either way, the grub is top shelf.
Dave Westgeest.
Some like to come the ballpark early to watch batting practice, but I think it’s more fun to watch the pre-game antics of Dave Westgeest. He’s officially listed as the team’s Baseball Operations Coordinator, but if you’re lucky enough you’ll see him skipping rope, drinking from the hose or pretending to be in a wet T-shirt contest in the infield while he takes care of his grounds keeping duties. Classic.
Alex Real.
Seriously, you gotta see this guy play if you haven’t already. The future All American will be in the big leagues in four or five years.

See you at the ballpark!

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