The peanuts and Cracker Jack were flowing last night at Telus Field as the boys of summer returned for another season of Edmonton Capitals baseball.
The Caps came in to their home opener with a 3-7 record but the poor start to the season did little to keep a few thousand fans from heading out to the ballpark on a beautiful, sunny first of June.
“I love it when the weather is warm and you can sit back with a nice beverage and watch a team that we deserve to have in this city,” said Brandon Lynch, 20, from Sherwood Park.
Lynch said the crowd was sparse at the last regular season game he went to, but last night’s home opener had a playoff feel.
“I have never been here for a Capitals game when there’s been this many people,” he said. “It’s all about winning. We start winning, the people are going to keep coming out.”
It may always be a good time for baseball for most fans, but Lynch said his favourites are the weekend afternoon games.
“They do the movies here after,” said the former ball player.
“That’s the perfect way to go hang out with some friends.”
Last night’s first pitch against the Maui Na Koa Ikaika (which means Strong Warriors) was at 7 p.m. and carried on into the evening until an eventual bottom of the ninth hit from third baseman Cliff Brumbaugh, formerly of the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies, sealed the come-from-behind victory 5-4 for the hometown Capitals.
If Lynch is right, there may be a lot of busy nights at the ballpark this season.