Naturals in Pink & Rain

Strike - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/18/09

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals opened their 2009 home season on Thursday evening at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

Jose Duarte - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/18/09

The first home series of the season was against the San Antonio Missions.  The Naturals won the series with 5-4 win on Thursday night and a 5-2 win last night.

Jose Duarte (on 3rd) & Mario Lisson (batting) - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/17/09

Thursday & Friday night I sat in my regular seats, which are located kind of behind home base.  My view is what you see in this picture.

Dad, Mom, & Shelby - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/18/09

Saturday night me, Shelby, Mom, & Dad got tickets to sit up in a suite.

NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/18/09

Both views are great.  I like sitting in my regular seat because of how close it is to the action.  I also like sitting up in the suite because you get a whole different perspective on the action.

Pink in the Park - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/17/09

Friday night was a special night called “Pink in the Park”.  The Naturals wore pink uniforms.

NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/17/09

The uniforms were auctioned off at the end of the night with proceeds going to the Susan G Komen Foundation to help fund breast cancer research.

Rain - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/18/09

As I mentioned in a blog entry earlier this afternoon, northwest Arkansas has been fighting the rain off and on all weekend.  Both Friday & Saturday evening games saw rain coming down pretty steadily at times.

Double Rainbow - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/17/09

We saw a rainbow on Friday night.

Putting away the tarp - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/18/09

Saturday night’s rain required the tarp to be rolled out.  Luckily, the rain quickly passed and, as you can see in the picture above, the Naturals crew got to put the tarp back up and finish the ballgame.

Vance Wilson - NWA Naturals vs San Antonio Missions - Arvest Ballpark - Springdale, AR - 4/18/09

Springdale resident Vance Wilson has joined the NWA Naturals this year.  He has previously caught for the New York Mets & Detroit Tigers.  He has been rehabbing from elbow surgery and is expected to join the play rotation soon.  There were lots of VDub fans in the audience each night.

Check out my photo album from the Naturals-Missions series.

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