The night at the ballpark

I was a lucky blogger that night; I got an invite to hang out with the folks of Truly Nolen’s Albuquerque Branch office led by Will Sisneros, its Branch Manager.
In this experience of going to the ballpark, I got the opportunity to see the AAA Championship Game at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque to see the Omaha Storm Chasers of the PCL lose to the Columbus Clippers of the International League 8-3.
However, we were able to get there in style. Riding in; you guessed it a mouse limousine.
I’ve had the opportunity to be in limos before in my life, but this one was a first. As I was able to learn more about the company from Sisneros, his Regional Manager Robert King, and our really cool driver Ron “Stretch Mouse” Pratt, the night became more interesting as it went.
I got talking with Will about the autograph sessions where Dodger greats Steve Garvey, Ron Cey and Bill Russell were in attendance.
Will told me that ironically, he had a ball signed by the trio in the late seventies. Then he told me what happened to the ball.
Will’s Brother Rob had gotten a hold of it and played with it and scuffed the ball up.
“It’s now in a low grave in at an apartment over on Montgomery Blvd in Albuquerque,” Said Sisneros.
Sisnero’s admitted that he was excited to go to the game, but that this company responsibilities come first.
“If I get them (the autographs), if I don’t; I’m a man now and I’ll get over it,” he said in the limo on the way to the park.
After a few turns, we finally arrive at the ballpark.
We got our tickets and we all went through the gates into Isotopes Park. Robert went off to assist the employees who were running the information booths out of the famed mouse cars.
A little known fact is the mouse car was created in Albuquerque according to the Regional Manager Robert King.
We got the chance to explore around for a bit. Then Will came to us with a PCL ball and said, “Want to get some autographs?,” he said.
We followed the Albuquerque branch manager, to the long line of Dodger fans awaiting the autographs of the greats.
All of the media was there to meet and interview the Dodgers greats.
As we stood in line we talked about the business and his love of the Dodgers and we tweeted and blogged while we were in line, awaiting his fate to see if he could replace the ball that he lost so many years ago.
The good news, I’m happy to report; Will got his autographs of the three dodger greats.
“I’m going to put the ball in a case.” He said.
Later, more video from Will getting his autographs with a slide show of the evening to come soon.
Then: A Video interview with Will Sisneros, telling more of the story about the Garvey ball from when he was young. 

Albuquerque Isotopes issue 2010 schedule

The Albuquerque Isotopes have announced their 2010 schedule, featuring a 72-game home slate that includes 12 weekends at Isotopes Park.
Albuquerque will begin their defense of their 2009 Pacific Coast League American Southern Division title on April 8 at Oklahoma City, before opening their home season on Monday, April 12 with a series against the New Orleans Zephyrs, Triple-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins.
When the Zephyr’s leave town, the Isotope’s homestand continues on with a four-game set with the Omaha Royals, Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Isotopes fans will be able to see back-to-back fireworks nights in celebration of Independence Day, as Albuquerque lights up the skies on both July 2 and July 3.
The Dodger’s Triple-A partner will also be home for Mother’s Day, May 9, taking on the Nashville Sounds, Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the 2010 schedule, it features teams that haven’t played in the Duke City since 2008, including Las Vegas, top affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, marking the first time a Jays-affiliated team has ever played in Albuquerque. Sacramento, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, and Fresno, affiliate of the San Francisco Giants will additionally make appearances at The Lab in 2010.
Albuquerque fans will also get their first look at the Reno Aces, Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who entered the PCL this year, but whose only series with the Isotopes in 2009 was at Aces Ballpark.
Closing out the home schedule in August, when the pennant drive reaches a fever-pitch, the Isotopes will play 13 straight home games from August 21 to September 2, equaling the longest homestand in franchise history with the 13-game homestand this past season that allowed the Isotopes to clinch a playoff spot in front of their home fans.
All of the other promotions will be announced at a later date, but already locked into the schedule is a passel of fireworks nights, 50-cent Hot Dog Night, and a slew of great giveaways. According to a team release, a full set of promotional dates, as well as specific game times, will be announced soon.

The Simpsons…Documentary

From the man who brought us Super-Size Me, comes the new project ““The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special! In 3-D! On Ice!” by Academy Award-nominated documentary director Morgan Spurlock will be at Isotopes Park on Wednesday, August 12 to film portions of his latest project, a special devoted to “The Simpsons” television show and its cultural impact on America.
Given that there were several “Albuquerque Isotopes” references in the two-decade long television series, it makes filming at Isotopes Park a winner. From the moment we didn’t name our minor league team the “Dukes”, I had always raised an eyebrow at most things done at Isotopes Park until this year. In a conversation I had with Isotopes General Manager John Traub, he reminded me that the marketing power of the Isotopes propelled them into one of the best teams in selling merchandise around minor league baseball. In a news release from the team, it says that Spurlock will be on hand throughout that day’s game with the Tacoma Rainiers to capture “The Simpsons” and baseball fans.
The game on that day starts at 12:05 p.m. and any fan who would like to submit a Simpsons story that could be used in the documentary are invited to send anecdotes to RealLifeSimpsons@gmail.com.
In “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special! In 3-D! On Ice!” Spurlock, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005 for his ground-breaking documentary “Super Size Me,” will examine the cultural phenomenon of the The Simpsons in his distinctive and innovative style.
The special will document how the world sees The Simpsons and how the Simpsons family has seen the world for two decades. The special will air on Thursday, January 14, 2010 on FOX.
As being a life long fan of the Simpsons, I will be curious to see how this turns out.