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I posted something similar in the D2 WS thread but GJ deserves its own thread.  We were fortunate that our son's team made the JUCO World Series this year in Grand Junction, Colorado.  We made the long trek out to GJ without knowing what to expect.  Our first game was Saturday at 2pm but there was a game in front of us so I had my wife drop me off.  The stadium is Suplizio Field which is located on the edge of downtown.  The first thing I noticed was the amount of cars that were parked everywhere.  As I made my way to the stadium you could hear big roars from the crowd which is not something you hear much of in JUCO baseball.  As I entered, there were long lines at the concessions and vendor stations.  There were numerous food trucks set up underneath the stadium.  I walked to my seats and couldn't believe the amount of people at a JUCO baseball game at 10am.  The announced attendance was over 6k for game 1.

Most of the games drew between 3k-6k during the day with the night games drawing 7-9k.  Memorial Day evening was the big night, though.  They did a special presentation and had fireworks afterwards.  That game drew over 10k and was at max capacity.   

I feel like we found a hidden gem that we didn't know existed.  When I sat in my seat for that 10am game the lady a few seats down said she drove from Niagara Falls to watch and she does every year.  The rest of the people around me were locals.  The world series is a big deal to the locals and they showed up every game.  There were lots of local kids at the games.  They would seek out autographs before games and during warmups.  It made the players feel like rock stars.  The town was exceptionally clean and everyone there was happy.  Smiling faces everywhere we went.  Hopefully, we can make it back next year, but if not I will still make it back one day.  I can't say enough good things about our experience.

     

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@Consultant posted:

Adbono;

Did you read the history of the Grand Junction and Sam Suplizio?

Sam was one of my advisors during the Area Code Games. He was a "high level" scout with the Brewers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suplizio_Field. "a great individual".

Bob

Hi Bob! I did not read up on any history. I was too busy watching baseball. I did find the locals to be knowledgeable baseball fans and they really support the event. Lots of scouts there too. Do you know Tom Wheeler?

@Consultant posted:

Adbono;

Yes, indeed for 36 years, Tom Wheeler, a great pro scout from the SF Bay area.

Former Coach at St Mary's. very knowledgeable. A "founding" member of the Northern California Scouts Association.

Bob

I figured you did. Very nice man. Sat with him for a couple of games and enjoyed talking baseball with him. Found out when he was HC at Colorado State he coached a teammate of mine from Pony League.

Anyone know if Florence Darlington Tech's bats were ever found by UPS?  I know they were able to secure some bats to use but I never did see whether or their actual bats were ever found.  It seems pretty crappy that they go all season using a certain bat but then at the biggest point of the year are forced to adjust to using new ones.

@gamecock303 posted:

Anyone know if Florence Darlington Tech's bats were ever found by UPS?  I know they were able to secure some bats to use but I never did see whether or their actual bats were ever found.  It seems pretty crappy that they go all season using a certain bat but then at the biggest point of the year are forced to adjust to using new ones.

Florence Darlington had a tough draw. They lost their opener 7-0 to the (likely) National JuCo pitcher of the year. 14 Ks in that game suggests that something different couldn’t have hurt. Next game was against #1 seed who had lost their first game too and were pissed about it. Game over for Flo Dar. They were in the same hotel as me and I talked to a number of their players. All seemed to be good kids. None of them complained about not having their bats. They acknowledged that they ran into a couple buzz saws.

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