Nerds in the outfield. A sumo wrestler for a catcher. Thor at first base. A ferry at shortstop and a clown at third. That’s what you get when you throw a Halloween baseball game.
The baseball teams at Great Bridge and Hickory High School got together last week to play a friendly end of season game that was all about fun. “The fall baseball season has been long and intense,” said Great Bridge head coach Sean Townsend, who on this night was dressed as internet baseball guru Domingo Ayala. “It’s normally intense every time these two rivals get together, but tonight we just want to have a little fun,” added Townsend. He also said in character, “this game is gonna be BIG TIME!”
And it was a whole lot of fun. Imagine seeing a referee pitching to a ferry with an umpire dressed in overalls. Seeing a nerd on the mound drill Uncle Sam in the side with the baseball. We saw a caveman steal second. There was a Richard Simmons, a Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite, two players dressed as Zach Galifianakis in the Hangover. Players were dressed as a storm trooper, banana, cow, Flash, Superman, Santa, a whoopee cushion and much more.
Hickory head coach Hank Kraft was dressed as a monk, “I’m trying to be a better person,” said Kraft. “I think this is a great way to end the fall season and hopefully if it takes off then maybe we can raise some money for a needy cause,” added Kraft.
Even the umpires got into the spirit of the game and dressed in masks. Townsend wanted to see Kraft get into an argument with the umps.
The idea of baseball teams and players dressing up and playing a game around Halloween has been a hit with some teams in college baseball for a short while, and now it’s making its way to the high school level.
The Great Bridge catcher dressed as Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty said it best, “this game will make us all happy, happy, happy!”