The Racing Presidents are in the house (I just saw them in the basement trying to work their heads under the stairwell doors), and the Buffalo Bisons are set for their home finale at Coca-Cola Field against Syracuse.
There's all manner of news here as we wonder about callups. But tonight's first item of business is the release of the 2012 schedule for the 25th anniversary of the ballpark (which includes the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11, 2012). The season opens with a game April 5 at Pawtucket (brrrr) that kicks off a six-game road trip.
The home opener is Wednesday, April 11 against the team a good buddy of mine today dubbed the Wandering Yankees. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, in case you missed it here last week, are expected to barnstorm next season while their ballpark is renovated. There has been no announcement yet on where they will play their home schedule.
The Bisons will unveil a 25th anniversary season logo and video tonight. I just saw the video played here in the press box and it gets a three thumbs-up review. The theme of the anniversary is "Simply The Best", the Tina Turner anthem that has greeted the final out of every Buffalo win for many years.
Dylan Owen pitches tonight as the Herd tries for a .500 record at home; they enter the game 35-36.
(UPDATE: Owen was KO'd a scant four pitches into the game by a Roger Bernadina liner that struck him on the right elbow and deflected into left field for a double. He has been replaced by Brian Sweeney. Ouch).
Here's the Herd lineup:
Jordany Valdespin, ss
Luis Figueroa, 3b
Mike Baxter, lf
Valentino Pascucci, 1b
Jesus Feliciano, cf
Luis Hernandez, 2b
Salomon Manriquez, c
Raul Reyes, rf
Dylan Owen, p