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SNOW-pening Day?

For the first time this winter, Winston-Salem received a significant amount of snow. We captured some of the sights from before, during and after the storm.

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The snow began during the early afternoon hours yesterday, and it came down for a few hours.

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It was relieving to know we were only 65 days away from Opening Day during yesterday’s storm.

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Even though it creates some tough driving conditions, snow always creates awesome images. Check out the sun-drenched entrance to BB&T Ballpark this afternoon.

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These walkways will be buzzing in about two months.

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Snow even covered the seats closest to the field.

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A batter’s eye view of a snowy view.

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BB&T Ballpark looks good in any weather.

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And here is the “before” look…well before the storm. These stands will be packed in 64 days for the Dash’s Opening Day!

- Brian

Baseball in Winston-Salem yesterday

Even though the Dash were in Myrtle Beach last night, there was a Minor League Baseball game in Winston-Salem on Sunday. The same weather pattern that has allowed the Dash to only take batting practice twice on the road since June 28 has also played tricks on the Burlington Royals.

Burlington, Kansas City’s Appalachian League affiliate, had played just four innings of baseball from Wednesday through Saturday. Rain had decimated Burlington Athletic Stadium to the point that a helicopter was brought in as an attempt to dry the field. Check it out.

Photo courtesy of the Burlington Royals

Photo courtesy of the Burlington Royals

Thus, the B-Royals worked out a deal with Wake Forest University to play a game at the Dash’s old stadium, Ernie Shore Field. The plan was to play a split-site doubleheader, with one game in Winston and the second in Burlington, but wet grounds forced another postponement after the Royals fell to Kingsport 6-4 yesterday afternoon.

Burlington and Kingsport will try to play a twin bill this afternoon beginning at 3, but this one will take place in another different location.

 

Bob’s tweet about the “Carolina Royals” is facetious, but they certainly deserve that name thanks to their season. What a wild week.

- Brian

Why there is a doubleheader today

The Dash have arrived in Salem for a five-game, four-day series that kicks off today with a doubleheader. Why are we playing a twin bill today? This picture should sum it up fairly easily.

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This picture was taken in between games of the scheduled doubleheader back on May 23. Salem’s grounds crew fell victim to some incredibly high winds, and the tarp did not make it on the field in advance of a heavy thunderstorm.

The infield, obviously, was a disaster after the storm rolled through the Roanoke Valley, and the back end of that twin bill was pushed to today.

Unfortunately, when the team arrived today, they were greeted by the tarp. However, the execution was much better.

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It always seems to be an adventure from a weather standpoint when the Dash travel to Salem. Remember the electricity debacle, which resulted in a tie, back in 2012?

Fortunately, the tarp is coming off the field as I type, so we are hoping to play two today in a cloudy Salem. I’ll talk to you at 5:15 p.m. for the Pregame Dash here.

- Brian

Snow at BB&T Ballpark

This is not an original idea, but it is a great one: pictures of snowfall inside baseball stadiums! After last night’s snowstorm, BB&T Ballpark looked very different than it does during the season.

Before the pictures, though, I want to congratulate one of my best friends, Aaron Goldsmith, on becoming the new radio broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners. Aaron and I worked together with the Frisco RoughRiders in 2011, and we have developed a tremendous friendship. He is one of baseball’s nicest people, and I couldn’t be happier for him.

He was with the Pawtucket Red Sox last season, and he did a similar blog post a few days ago when snow moved through Rhode Island. So, congratulate him by giving his blog a few more clicks before he turns it over to a new broadcast team in Pawtucket.

Without further ado, here are some pictures of snow at BB&T Ballpark:

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The view from the Womble Carlyle Club.

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The warning track around the ballpark looked ready for a game…a hockey game.

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Seats in the shade this morning still had plenty of snow on them.

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The berm looks a bit different.

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There was plenty of ice around the park, too.

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Only 84 days until the home opener, even if it doesn’t look like it.

Drive safely today, and enjoy the rare chance to see snow!

- Brian

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