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SAM LYNN BALLPARK

Sam Lynn Ballpark, Bakersfield, California

TEAM ::: BAKERSFIELD BLAZE
LOCATION ::: BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA
MY FIRST VISIT ::: AUGUST 8, 2008
OPPONENT ::: VISALIA OAKS
LEVEL ::: CALIFORNIA LEAGUE 'A'

Heater - The Blaze mascot

RATINGS
 
BALLFIELD ::: B
SCOREBOARD ::: C
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: C
MASCOT ::: B

The Pitch - Sam Lynn Ballpark, Bakersfield, Ca.

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

Seating at Sam Lynn Ballpark - Bakersfield, Ca.

I MUST ADMIT BAKERSFIELD WAS NOT PART OF MY ORIGINAL TRIP AND I ENDED UP THERE ONLY BECAUSE THERE WAS A GAME AND IT WAS SOUTH OF FRESNO.
WHAT I FOUND IN BAKERSFIELD WAS A GEM OF A BALLPARK WITH AN INTERESTING HOOK.
BAKERSFIELD IS THE HOME OF "THE LAST GAME OF THE NIGHT."

Looking in from behind 3rd base -Sam Lynn Ballpark

SAM LYNN BALLPARK IS LIKE WAHCONAH PARK IN PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS IN
THAT HOME PLATE FACES THE WEST. BUT HERE, UNLIKE PITTSFIELD, THEY DELAY
THE START OF THE GAME UNTIL THE SUN SETS BEHIND THE OUTFIELD WALL. GAME
TIMES HERE ARE SCHEDULED FOR 7:30 BUT IN LATE JUNE AND EARLY JULY, THESE
GAMES COULD START AT ALMOST 8:00.
BEING AN OLDER PARK, I EXPECTED MANY OF THE STANDARD OLD PARK
INCONVENIENCES. HERE IN BAKERSFIELD, THEY PUT IN NEW SEATS WHICH ARE
QUITE COMFORTABLE AND SOMETHING I HADN'T SEEN IN CALIFORNIA, FREE
PARKING HERE IN BAKERSFIELD.

A view of the field, Sam Lynn Ballpark

A crowded on deck circle in Bakersfield

THE FIELD HERE IS QUITE ODD, THERE MAY BE MORE FOUL TERRITORY HERE THAN THERE IS IN OAKLAND. THE DUGOUTS ARE SO FAR DOWN EACH LINE I'M THINKING THE BULLPEN PITCHERS COULD SIT IN THE DUGOUT BEFORE THEY WARM UP. THE ON
DECK CIRCLES ARE ABOUT 50 FEET FROM THE DUGOUT MEANING A FEW BATTERS WILL HEAD OUT TO THE CIRCLE AWAITING THEIR TURN AT BAT.

Contact! at Sam Lynn Ballpark

SAM LYNN BALLPARK IS CERTAINLY NOT FULL OF MODERN CONVENIENCES OR
AMENITIES. HOWEVER, SEEING ALL OF THE NEW PARKS AND SEEING THE STERILE
ENVIRONMENTS THEY PROVIDE, I HAVE TO SAY SAM LYNN BALLPARK IS A BREATH
OF FRESH AIR AND A PLACE I WOULD MOST CERTAINLY CONSIDER VISITING AGAIN.
AS AN ASIDE, THIS SUMMER WHILE SURFING THE NET AROUND MIDNIGHT, AFTER
ALL OF THE GAMES HAVE ENDED, I'LL HEAD ON OVER THE THE BAKERSFIELD WEB
SITE AND LISTEN TO THE LAST GAME OF THE NIGHT.

Sunset at Sam Lynn Ballpark - Bakersfield

Exchanging the Line ups - Sam Lynn Ballpark

THE LINE UPS
 
VISALIA OAKS MANAGER :::
15 Hector De La Cruz
 
BAKERSFIELD BLAZE MANAGER :::
3 Carlos Subero

VISALIA OAKS
 
2 Pedro Ciriaco ss
12 Derek Bruce 2b
9 Gerardo Parra cf
30 Brando Burgess 3b
7 Bryan Byrne 1b
35 John Hester dh
26 Leyson Septimo rf
5 Cyle Hankerd lf
18 Frank Curreri c
27 Anthony Cupps p
13 Forrest Cory WP

Facing the west,Sam Lynn offers an amazing sky

BAKERSFIELD BLAZE
 
9 Craig Gentry cf
10 Elvis Andrus ss
7 John Whittleman 3b
11 Max Ramirez c
17 Freddie Thon dh
32 Truman Mehl lf
21 Ben Harrison rf
20 Thomas Berkery 1b
1 Matt Smith 2b
24 Andrew Walker p / LP

Sam Lynn's scoreboard can be seen here

A Scoreboard in need of repair - Bakersfield

     OAKS    300   050   017    16   21   2
BLAZE    110   030   000    5   11   2
 
TIME ::: 3:36
ATTENDANCE ::: 894
WEATHER ::: 85 COOL

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