Thursday, May 28, 2009

Midnight Baseball

Back when I was young, and dreamed of seeing the midnight sun (scary but fascinating dreams) I was also a baseball fan.
I never put the two together, but Fairbanks has.

Can you imagine a game that starts at 10:30 pm and is played totally by natural light -and has never once been called for darkness? (I wonder, though, if it has been called for mosquitoes). This is on my all-time travel wish list now.

The amazing part of this annual event is the number of major league/all star baseball players that have played for the Fairbanks team in this midnight classic. Including one pitcher much beloved by NY Mets fans, one Tom Seaver, who won the 1965 game for the Alaska Goldpanners.

I haven't followed baseball for many years, although I do go to several minor league local games each year. Too bad I didn't know about this 30 years ago. I would have been on the first plane.

In my next post, I will give an alternative for those who can't make it to Alaska.

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