The 2010 Minor League season is now lifeless and entombed, but it is my duty to preserve the corpse so that future generations may gaze upon its sepulchral splendor.
To that end, today’s post features my 10 favorite photographs from the recently deceased campaign. All of these pictures appeared on this blog at some point during the season, and are presented in the order in which they originally appeared.
Remember — it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. Let’s all take a look at once was:
Snowpening Day — Freezing precipitation prevented the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers from playing their first scheduled home game, causing the players to release their start-of-the-season aggression upon hapless snowmen (note the Rattlers’ scoreboard message, a nice example of thinking ahead).
When Ya Gotta Go —
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals held a nightly “Adoptable Pet of the Game” promotion this season, and on April 11 the evening’s honored canine broke loose from her handlers…
Tattooed Perfection —
Oakland A’s hurler Dallas Braden became a household name upon pitching a perfect game, but soon afterwards returned to Stockton in order to abdominally express his hometown pride.
(photo credit: George Steckler/Stockton Ports)
Sweets From the Sky:
The Visalia Rawhide dropped candy from a helicopter following an afternoon game in May. Idyllic images resulted.
(photo credit: Chris Henstra)
San Antonio Missions fan Randy Neuenfeldt lost a race to the Puffy Taco in 1992. He wasn’t about to let that happen again.
A Dignified Evening —
This is what happened when Jose Canseco fought a 60-year-old man prior to an Arkansas Travelers game. Your winner, by decision: Gary Hogan!
We could all learn something from the preternaturally self-possessed young Trenton Thunder fan.
Postgame for Pyros —
Stuntman Ted Batchelor ran around the bases following a Savannah Sand Gnats game. He was on fire at the time.
Spitting Image —
The Lake County Captains saluted the almighty watermelon in August, leading to a snapshot most adorable.
Of course, feel free to send along your own favorites from the 2010 season. I am, as always, interested in your input.