On Saturday, my wife and son surprised me with tickets to Clover Stadium in Pamona, NY to see the Sussex County Miners take on the New York Boulders. To my surprise, a bunch of my family was also waiting for us at the stadium when we arrived. This was an excellent surprise being that I had been talking to my dad about going to a game, and possibly even this one the day before.
Clover Stadium is, like most MiLB and MiLB Partner League stadiums, a really nice, family-friendly, place to see a ballgame. We sat 15 rows up from the 3rd baseline and had a great vantage point to see the action, especially Pat Kivlehan‘s two absolute bombs to left field.
Aside from Kivlehan’s offensive domination, the real star of the game, in my opinion, was Boulders’ pitcher Aaron Dona, who replaced their starter, Tyler Keysor, with two outs in the 3rd inning. Dona would go on to pitch the rest of the game for the Boulders and record seven strikeouts while only allowing two hits en route to getting his first win in only his second professional game.
I really don’t think there is anything more relaxing than going and watching a baseball game in person. Just sitting there, having a beer, some peanuts, maybe even a funnel cake, and blocking out the world outside of the stadium for a few hours is great for the soul.