Thursday, August 24, 2006

Catfish Postponed

Tonight's game between the Columbus Catfish and the Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees) was postponed. You see, it rained the last couple of days. But not where I was today (10 blocks away). Still, the field doesn't drain well, so unless someone gets a hose and pump and runs it to drain the field, it's gonna be wet. And it was wet.

Columbus, Charleston postponed Due To Unplayable Field Conditions
Double-header scheduled for Friday

Unplayable field conditions due to continuous rainfall since Sunday have postponed the game against the Columbus Catfish and the Charleston Riverdogs. The game will be made up as part of a double-header on Friday starting at 6 pm. Gates will open at 5pm. Tickets for Thursday's contest can be redeemed at the Catfish box office for any of the remaining home games left in the season.

Following Friday night's double-header, the Columbus Catfish are presenting their last fireworks extravaganza of the season. Fox 54 and Dodge will also give away a trip to Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. Employees of the Muscogee County School District get a $2 ticket when showing their ID badge. Employees of Columbus Consolidated Government get a free ticket when showing their CGC ID. Members of PTA get a $3 ticket when showing their membership card.

Fridays and Saturdays all season the Fox 54 Family Fun Pack gets you four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks and a souvenir program for just $20. The 'Fish with a Cause Campaign showcases Our House Methodist Children's Home. After the game kids run the bases like their favorite players. For tickets or more information call (706) 571-8866 or visit

Friday night was the scheduled "Fan Night" for the promotion the Catfish were running to have a night named after a fan. And I strongly suspect it's not me.

While the Catfish don't seem to have a lot of loyal fans, they do have some. I'm by no means the only fan. I'm just the one with a blog. Except for some of the media folks.

And you know, some of the media people in Columbus do support the local teams, the Catfish included. So, it would be reasonable for one of them to be named.

But I think some of the others that are always at the game are quite deserving. Yeah, I'm a fan. And I certainly do thank everyone who sent emails to the Catfish on my behalf. The Catfish office was amazed by the response. Not just how many sent in emails, but the fact that just about all of them were from outside Columbus. Heck, most were from outside Georgia. And lots were from outside the southeast.

So, yeah, they noticed your participation in the promotion. It didn't get a night named for me, but it darn sure got noticed. And I thank you.

Oh, The Princess will be coming to Ft. Benning, where her boyfriend is stationed following his graduation from West Point. So we'll get to spend some time with her ... and him ... this weekend. Perhaps they'll make it to one of the games Friday night. But she's got a long drive from Athens. So, maybe Saturday's game.

Should be a fun weekend.


  1. Sure hope it's a dry weekend!

  2. Preston Hill in HuntsvilleAugust 24, 2006 at 8:15 PM

    I fear I found out the hard way that the game was postponed.

  3. Basil Night in our hearts...

    Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, was supposed to be “Basil Night” at the baseball field in Columbus, Georgia. But it ain’t so:
    Friday night was the scheduled “Fan Night” for the promotion the Catfish were running to have...

  4. Linda: Yeah, we got some rain overnight. I'm curious as to what happens tonight.

    Preston: Oh, my goodness! That's horrible. Sorry to hear you made the 4-hour trip and found a locked gate.

  5. What a complete fiasco. The soap opera continues. Wonder if they'll play today? Will the lights fail? The wall fall over? Field unplayable? Power outage? As the song says, Where is the next one coming from? Mercifully the season is over next week. Then the GM will be gone, and maybe the team. Sad days at Golden Park.

  6. Jon: I'm just hoping we get some games in.

    It seems to me the city of Columbus (who owns Golden Park) could have fixed the drainage problem before now.

    It also seems to me that the Catfish could have, in the past 4 years, run to Home Depot, Lowe's, or somewhere and picked up a pump and hose.

    People know when it rains. You can tell by the water falling from the sky.

    I think there's enough blame to go around.

    People like Preston who drive long distances to see games are done a huge disservice. And everybody seems to be losing sight of the fact that this impacts the fans.

    And without the fans, what have you got?

  7. No, already got plenty of those. You get an empty stadium. Which I really, really don't want to see. I like baseball. I like the Catfish players I've met. And I like many of those in the Catfish office, now and over the years.

  8. Preston Hill in HuntsvilleAugust 25, 2006 at 9:37 AM

    With the wall down, perhaps putting in a drain will be eaier. . They should sell the downed bricks for $25 apiece w/ a small plaque of appreciation to help pay for repairs and a drain.

    All was not lost. Picked up a few freebies from both the Catfish and Cottonmouths. Had some biz north of Atlanta anyway. Thanks for y'all's concern.

  9. The Mean Sister (who is 5'6")August 25, 2006 at 2:25 PM

    Hey basil,

    Not making it to the game...too much drama in the hometown. Not anything to discuss here. Hope you can celebrate your night, even if the Catfish don't call it basil night.


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