Countdown to Isotopes Opening Day!

It’s been six long months since we’ve seen the inside of Isotopes Park…six long months since we’ve smelled the savory aroma of hot dogs and pizza and nachos…six long months since we’ve spilled half a beer as we jumped to celebrate an Isotopes home run. But the wait is nearly over. Isotopes are back on the field this Thursday to rival the Iowa Cubs!

Who’s Taking the Field

Some familiar faces will no longer be seen around the diamond at Isotopes Park this season due to late 2012 season trades made between the LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. Isotopes lost Ivan De Jesus, Jr. (2B), Jerry Sands (1B) and Rubby De La Rosa (P) as part of a trade deal to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto. Actually, looking at this year’s roster compared to last’s, there are mostly new names.

Of course we don’t have the Opening Day lineup yet, but here’s some of the new names and talents you’ll find on the field this season:

  • 1B Still looking for someone to fill the shoes of Jerry Sands
  • 2B Rusty Ryal, Alfredo Amesaga or Omar Luna
  • SS Justin Sellers
  • 3B Elevys Gonzalez or Brian Barden
  • RF Scott Van Slyke
  • CF Matt Angle
  • LF Tony Gwynn, Brian Cavazos-Galvez or Jeremy Moore
  • P & C We have to admit, we haven’t been following spring training to know who’s likely to make starting appearances in the battery.

It’ll be exciting to see who will quickly become fan favorites, who will be frontrunners for 40-man roster spots and who will be booed off the field (a practice we don’t condone but recognize as part of what it means to be a part of a California MLB team’s farm system).

Who’s Entertaining Between Innings

We’re not just looking forward to see who’s gonna be the next homerun leader or ace on the mound. We’re looking forward to all the antics that go one in-between innings. And, of course, the hijinks will be led by Minor League Baseball’s 2012 Mascot Mania Champion—Orbit! We know he’s gonna trip so the little kid doing the base run challenge will win, and we know he’s not much of a dancer on top the Isotopes dug out, but we love his appearances any way because…well, he’s Orbit! And, for the record: we’re always cheering for Green Chile during the Chile Pepper Race.

You Gonna Be There?

Opening Day excitement actually starts before first pitch at 6:35 pm. The first 3,000 fans through the gates get a free Isotopes blanket (courtesy of Sandia Resort & Casino). Tickets are as low as $7, so you can totally afford to get out on a “school night.” C’mon and cheer on our home team!

Go ‘Topes!