IronPigs take to the field

April 9, 2009 3:40:40 PM PDT
It's time to play ball in the Lehigh Valley. The grounds crew put the finishing touches on Coca-Cola field for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs season opener.

Their season kicks off against the defending champions the AAA affiliate for the New York Yankees.

IronPigs fans packed the stadium for the opener.

"Beautiful ballpark that's very imamate, the highest price ticket is $14, those are actually sold out," Iron Pigs General Manager Kurt Landes said.

The players took to the field for a workout and batting practice in the afternoon.

2008 was the IronPigs first season for the Lehigh Valley and the team hopes to improve on its record.

"We need play better earlier in the season in the cold weather and play good defense and see what happens with the wins and losses," first baseman Andy Tracy said.

Several of the IronPigs played for the Phillies last year and were scheduled to receive their World Champion rings before tonight's game.

Fans were ready to enjoy a great game and taste some ballpark food like a turkey leg, beef kabobs, and a porker sandwich.

Pregame festivities were set out to be memorable.

"We also have a military flyover, as well as, Navy parachuters delivering the first pitch baseballs for the game," Landes said.

The IronPigs' record last year was 55-89.

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