Thursday, July 14, 2011
West Virginia Power- Charleston WV
There is something really cool about this area of West Virginia. I can't put my finger on it exactly.
And, to be honest, I wasn't really impressed the first time I visited the Charleston and Huntington area. I have heard others express that the area is uneventful.
Well, both Huntington and Charleston have nice malls, cool bookstores, and cool places to eat (I have mentioned Hillbilly Hot Dogs and Billy Bob's Pizza on my other blogs). Plus, for those fascinated with strange events, the area has the Mothman and the Flatwoods Monster!
AND, there is baseball. The Power play at Appalachian Power Park which is barely half a decade old, but it feels like a more mature baseball venue.
The old buildings and the brick do a lot for the place. it is not as fancy as some other parks that have gone up in the last 5-10 years, but that is nice in my books. The area and the park have a very retro feel.
I love this organization and area for many reasons. I have had great experiences with the friendly staff, and the friendly locals. As we went up to buy our tickets, a guy with a group of young kids asked us if we were about to purchase tickets. I told him we were, and he gave us an extra he had!
We thought this was very kind! I have had that happen before in Harrisburg. I have also bought cheap tickets from season ticket holders in different cities for a few bucks or so. Anyway, I just really thought it was nice that someone just gave us a ticket.
The night we were there, the Power were wearing the very retro Charleston Charlies jerseys. I really thought this was great, and it added to the over all throw back feel.
Oh, and the Power have a new mascot since my last visit (and the team was in desperate need of a new one). Chuck is their new giant furry mascot and he is great! I have mentioned before that- in my opinion- the more muppet like the better. Chuck is perfect.
They also had a VERY Erie Seawolves like mascot. In fact, I thought that the Seawolves mascot was at the game for some strange reason. Anyway, he was great too, and I think he is a radio station related mascot involved with the team.
I love the teams small but stocked gift shop. They have $10 pull over jerseys which was nice.
You can walk all the way around the field, and feel very comfortable here. I saw some guys in the bleacher seats who had brought in a radio to listen to the game. There are some great fans in Charleston.
I can't stress enough how much I like this area. Like I said, there is a mall, and a ballpark- two huge pluses. But, I didn't see as many cell phones or texters. The fans were setting and enjoying the game. it is a relaxed area. This is the kind of place where you can go, and truly trick yourself in to thinking you are watching a AAA game in the late 70s.