Saturday, September 24, 2011


We ventured west last week for the Triple-A National Championship Game in Albuquerque. The Columbus Clippers claimed the title for the second consecutive year beating the Omaha Storm Chasers, 8-3.

The Albuquerque Isotopes (LA Dodgers affiliate) hosted the game, and they rolled out the red carpet at their ballpark and the Sandia Resort and Casino. In addition to the baseball, there was southwest music and cuisine, a tequila tasting (solely to appreciate the local culture), casino gaming, golf and a hot air balloon excursion.

Molly Boyce, the Bulls' Sponsorship Services Coordinator, shares her photos...

The Isotopes owe their name to the region's renown
for nuclear research - the Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs.

The ballpark is framed by the Sandia Mountains.
(It reminded me of July's Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.)

Albuquerque Isotopes web site; click here.

Columbus became the second team to claim back-to-back titles
in the six-year history of the Triple-A National Championship Game.
Game story; click here.

Something you don't normally see at the ballpark - Bananas Foster.

Bulls' GM Mike Birling couldn't get enough.

Molly did the hot air balloon ride.
Nice view of the Rio Grande. (I wimped out.)

The Bulls are hosting the Triple-A Championship next year. It's quite an honor. The event hasn't been held on the east coast, and we're looking forward to entertaining the International and Pacific Coast League team executives in the Bull City. I'm hoping it's a home game for the Bulls!?!