Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Trey and Jesse's Lugnuts Season in Pictures

I unofficially started this series with Trey Wilson's Photographic Tour of the Midwest League. It continued with the 2014 Lugnuts Interview Archive. And now... the fateful final chapter!
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We begin our tour with the news that opened the season... The Outfield.
The Outfield
Field View 3.11.14
Once the schedule was released and single-game tickets went on sale, it was time to let everyone know, beginning with the morning news.
cakes - wlns
Less important... editing the Baseball America directory.
new broadcasters
The Lugnuts flew into town, and manager John Tamargo, Jr. introduced his team.
Tamargoplayers at meet the team
The grounds crew readied the field, and the season began.
grounds crew opening daypose ctsd
If the weather seemed chilly in Lansing, imagine how it was in Wisconsin -- where the Lugs were snowed out.
Snow in Wisconsin
All was not lost: We witnessed the Bratzooka and engaged in a (one-sided) throwing competition .
Bratzookathrowing
From there, the season was off and rolling, and we enjoyed it mightily.
ZtLZddr
From hobnobbing with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Alfonso Ribeiro and Duck Dynasty's Justin Martin...
Alfonso RibeiroJustin Martin Duck Dynasty
...to exploring West Michigan's rebuilding and hand-operated scoreboard...
touring west michigan Trey in scoreboard
...to partaking in a light saber battle and historic Cindy's Diner in Fort Wayne...
Star Wars battle 5-24Cindy's Diner
...to touring the Historic RailPark & Train Museum in Bowling Green...
rail yard museum
...and the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend.
studebaker
In mid-season, yes, there was the 4th of July.
Even more importantly for the Lugs from North of the Border, there was Canada Day!
Mike Reeves
We -- or, actually the Lugnuts -- gave away Ryan Theriot bobbleheads.
Ryan Theriot bobbleheadRyan Theriot bobblehead night
We received fantastic food from North of the Border.
ketchup chips
And we performed a game re-creation, paying tribute to broadcasting history.
christie
It was rather a gorgeous year... but the weather wasn't always helpful, as Trey's images show.
crazy storm
skies
Then again... it could always get worse.
Crazy rain in dugout
And Humphrey lifted our spirits.
alexis camel
There was exactly one rain-shortened game at home all year. It was on the last day of the season.
Final game tarp finale
But that isn't the final note we'd like to leave with you.
Instead, enjoy this image of guitarist/pitcher Joe Lovecchio, who jammed out with Trey during the final road trip of the season:
Joe Lovecchio guitar
Happy off-season!
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Pictures attributed to M. Reeves; T. Wilson; J. Goldberg-Strassler; C. Schichtel; and the Lansing Lugnuts

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