Toledo Mud Hens Opener
Schmoozing on a Sunny Afternoon
Toledo Mud Hen fans, not unlike
are coming out of hibernation.
They are feeling the warming sun of April 16th, 2009 and deciding that spring is
and a day at the ballpark is just the ticket to celebrating the release from
The streets, sidewalks, alleyways, rooftops, office buildings and pubs are part
of a migrating,
movable party that is threading it's way from place to place, through throngs of
revelers to smaller sideshows of old friends and familiar faces-- seeing who's
who didn't survive since last season. Mothers and fathers pushing baby
brothers and sisters wheeling chairs for those unaccustomed to ambling alone.
Publishers, politicians and peddlers displaying their wares from booths
along the way--
handing-out trinkets and special deals to anyone stopping and listening to
About a third of the nearly 14,000 people inside
the park are not in the seats. If they aren't
working they're schmoozing beneath the stands or atop the clubhouse loges and
or hanging out on the steps and roosts, catching the last
warming rays the evening's sun.
The "I LIKE MIKE" (Mayor, Mike Bell) campaign stickers are displayed upon the
of thousands of supporters. The bathroom phenomena
has everyone guessing. It seems like
this is the first time ever for long lines at the little boys room-- with
virtually none for the girls.
Retired and all-time media favorite, Jim Tichey
is at the game while
veteran broadcaster Frank Gilhouley catches it at home this year.
Legends, Fricker's, the
Bronze Boar, Club Liquid
are all catering to overflow crowds. At
The Blarney, across from the Hen's northwest corner,
the rocking tunes of
Empire Drift are
wafting into the purple night's sky-- while on the patio it's SRO.
a few blocks away is less frenetic and expensive with more room for rubbing
and less noise and confusion away from the amplified music and chattering
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