The West Michigan Whitecaps lost in extra innings Thursday, but they were still winners of a sort as they drew over 7,600 fans to their ballpark for Canada Night.
Minor League Baseball teams host so many different theme nights, it would be near-impossible to write about them all. But I felt compelled to write about Canada Night, if for no other reason than to share the photo at the top of this post. Yes, the Whitecaps had an 18-foot-tall inflatable beaver, accompanied by an even-taller inflatable Mountie, in house as part of the fun.
Fans could play air hockey, and Canadian beers Molson and Labatt Blue were available for $2 apiece. And, of course, Whitecaps players wore special Canadian-themed jerseys featuring a maple leaf and the colors of Canada’s flag, red and white.
The Whitecaps came up with the idea for Canada Night because they have three Canadian players — shortstop Danny Pinero and outfielders Jacob Robson and Cole Bauml — on their roster. All three played in the game, but unfortunately collected only one hit between them. (Pinero went 1-for-4 while the other two went 0-for-5. All three walked once.)
The Great Lakes Loons beat the Whitecaps 6-5 in 12 innings. The Loons scored three times and the Whitecaps scored twice in the final inning, so it seems the game stayed exciting all the way to the end — even if the Molson and Labatt Blue weren’t being served anymore at that point.
All photos courtesy of the West Michigan Whitecaps