On Saturday, I attended my first Frederick Keys game in 16 years. It was a walk down memory lane and a new experience all at the same time.
For the most part, Harry Grove Stadium is just as I remembered it. The big outfield walls, the picnic hill on the right field side, shaking the keys during the seventh inning stretch, and a family friendly atmosphere. Some of the new to me included the scoreboard and videoboard.
The game was great. Runs were flooring in the first couple of innings. The first two Keys batters, John Ruettiger and Travs Adair, got on base. Dariel Alvarez followed with a big three run homer that got the crowd going.
Entering the ninth, the Keys were up 6-5. Unfortunately, they gave up two runs and were down headed to the bottom of the ninth. The Keys fought back and managed to tie the game. At worst we were now looking at extra innings, but that would not be necessary. The Keys loaded the bases and scored the rare walk off walk victory.
In addition to the game, Saturday’s schedule included the monkey cowboy rodeo and fireworks. These were two great events.
The cowboy monkey rodeo is an event to see in itself. Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard and Team Ghost Riders did not disappoint. Capuchin monkeys riding on border collies herding sheep. You can’t make this stuff up. It’s cute, fun and great family entertainment. The main monkey, Sam, I believe is 19 years old. The monkeys, naturally dressed as cowboys, are not tied to the saddles on the dogs. They hold onto the saddles and go for the ride. Lepard’s speech/bio after the show is ties it all together.
The fireworks were great as well. The stadium lights were turned of and everyone was treated to a very nice fireworks show. I watched from the tear stadium parking lot which was cool add you could see the fireworks from launch point to end.
I may have been gone for a while, but the Keys still know how to entertain. It won’t be another 16 years before I go back again.