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!
We begin our tour with the news that opened the season... The Outfield.
Once the schedule was released and single-game tickets went on sale, it was time to let everyone know, beginning with the morning news.
Less important... editing the Baseball America directory.
The Lugnuts flew into town, and manager John Tamargo, Jr. introduced his team.
The grounds crew readied the field, and the season began.
If the weather seemed chilly in Lansing, imagine how it was in Wisconsin -- where the Lugs were snowed out.
All was not lost: We witnessed the Bratzooka and engaged in a (one-sided) throwing competition .
From there, the season was off and rolling, and we enjoyed it mightily.
From hobnobbing with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Alfonso Ribeiro and Duck Dynasty's Justin Martin...
...to exploring West Michigan's rebuilding and hand-operated scoreboard...
...to partaking in a light saber battle and historic Cindy's Diner in Fort Wayne...
...to touring the Historic RailPark & Train Museum in Bowling Green...
...and the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend.
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!
We -- or, actually the Lugnuts -- gave away Ryan Theriot bobbleheads.
We received fantastic food from North of the Border.
And we performed a game re-creation, paying tribute to broadcasting history.
It was rather a gorgeous year... but the weather wasn't always helpful, as Trey's images show.
Then again... it could always get worse.
And Humphrey lifted our spirits.
There was exactly one rain-shortened game at home all year. It was on the last day of the season.
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:
Pictures attributed to M. Reeves; T. Wilson; J. Goldberg-Strassler; C. Schichtel; and the Lansing Lugnuts