Day 75: Cheer on the FSU baseball team

16 Mar

Other than the blooming azaleas and fragrant magnolias that are throwing bursts of color around town, one of the surest signs of spring in Tallahassee is at Dick Howser Stadium on the edge of the FSU campus.  The men’s baseball season is at full throttle. So on Saturday night, the lush, manicured field at Mike Martin Stadium was the scene of a blowout Seminoles victory over Boston College before a respectable-sized crowd of a few thousand highly enthusiastic college baseball fans. For $6 a piece, we shared a relaxing evening of outdoor entertainment on a humid-less night. The seats were comfy (at least by stadium standards) and our view of the action on the field was great (right along the first-base side). We took in the typical baseball game fare of nachos, peanuts and soft drinks, but there were other tempting snack options, including warm chocolate chips. The stadium is a clean and family friendly. The stadium opened in 1983 and is considered one of the top college baseball facilities in the country with a video scoreboard and a huge roof over the grandstand. (And for trivia buffs…) Dick Howser Stadium is named after the late Kansas City Royals and Florida State manager who was also FSU’s first-ever baseball All American. -Mark Hollis

Address: Mike Martin Field at Dick Howser Stadium.

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4 Responses to “Day 75: Cheer on the FSU baseball team”

  1. Michael Sullivan March 17, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    The FSU baseball team is (in my humble opinion) the best value in American entertainment. I wish I’d known you had this on the schedule — I would have pointed you to the Animals’ website (http://www.sectionb.com/who.htm) so you’d know why they were singing “O Canada.”

    • 365tallahassee March 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

      I’m glad you mentioned that!! We had no clue why a bunch of people were singing O Canada.

      • Michael Sullivan March 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

        From the Section B website:
        “‘O Canada’ has become the rally song of the fifth inning, sung whenever Florida State bats in the fifth. There are many, many rumors as to how this tradition was started, so it just depends on whom you ask. A Canadian flag was added to the Animals in 1991, and is now raised whenever the anthem is sung. We even sing ‘O Canada’ in French from time to time if the mood hits us just right. It’s become such a well-known tradition that even the organist at the ACC Tournament when it’s in Durham, NC plays the anthem whenever FSU bats in the 5th inning.”

        The version of the story I’ve heard is that FSU used to play the Canadian national baseball team in the 1980s, and one time (when Canada was leading a game played at Dick Howser Stadium) their fans began singing their national anthem in the fifth inning. Florida State then rallied back furiously, and the Animals have been singing it ever since. But I’ve also heard a variation of the story where a fan began singing it specifically for an (unnamed) FSU player who hailed from Canada.

  2. Sarah March 20, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Don’t forget $2 Tuesdays where tickets, hotdogs, and small drinks are $2! Perfect cheap evening!

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