Gates opened at midnight and fans began throwing for the record books one minute later. Stars Manager Don Money threw pitch number 10,715 and the game's umpires were included in the final 25 pitches. Only two of the umps could find the strike zone, but that's no different than any other day in baseball so why worry about it now?
The youngest pitcher of the night was six-month old Maddux Welch, son of Stars Pitcher David Welch. Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer came out and helped the cause as well. The final pitch, the ultimate world record throw, was raffled off for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. The Stars surpassed the previous pitch mark of 8,304 held by the the Brevard County Manatees.
The baseballs were printed and delivered in a very timely manner by Blue Wave Merchandise Global of Waukegan (contact Ed Trabulsy at 847-785-1355). Ed won't let you down and he'll save you a few bucks on your promo and retail baseballs.
A 24-hour day is just another great way to start a home stand, says I. A heartbeat away from a mutiny says the staff.
Pass the Mountain Dew and No-Doz. And we'll stick to the program implemented in February: the beatings will continue until morale approves.