Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Summer Evening in Santa Fe: Seeing the Santa Fuego*

We had the perfect summer evening this week. After work, we came home for a quick bite to eat and then we rode our bikes downtown to see our local professional (zero A's) baseball team, the Santa Fe Fuego, play the Alpine Cowboys.

We rode through our neighborhood, down the river trail, did a loop around the Plaza and headed to Fort Marcy, which is also the site of the burning of Zozobra. This was our first time attending a Fuego game, and it was definitely the most charming baseball game I have ever been to. 

We bought our six dollar tickets and cans of local beer and found a place on the cement bleachers. It wasn't very busy so finding a good seat was easy. We sat behind home plate, and since it is such a small venue, we could see all of the action. We also got to see this view of the mountains all night - not bad!

Those fans in the know had brought lawn chairs and blankets. We sat down next to a group of coworkers who were on a company outing. They had a dozen pizzas delivered to them in the stands!

The announcer told us to be on the look out for the team mascot, Furry. Furry is a black, red and orange dinosaur who is, you guessed it, really furry. Furry made his way through the stands posing with the kids and adults for photo shoots. After the fifth inning, he raced all the kids around the bases and in a surprising turn of events, he beat them all. What the heck, Furry?? As my friend Felicia says, Furry is a mess!

Two little girls in the front row chanted "let's go Fuegos!" and we all responded with five claps. And then an elderly man in back shouted, "Let's go..." and we responded "Fuego!!" We did this every time the Fuego were at bat, and sometimes when they needed some extra encouragement on the field.

There was a lot of action. The Fuego hit two home runs, the first baseman took a ball to the face and two of the opposing team's pitchers were struck by hits. I did a lot of cringing. I have never seen so many people get hit by baseballs.

Around the fourth inning, they asked for a volunteer to sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the seventh inning stretch. The guy who volunteered didn't seem to know the words very well... I guess I should have volunteered after all.

When the Fuego won, they played Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash and we all sang along as we filed out of the stadium. We hopped on our bikes and zipped back home. I haven't been riding my road bike as much as I usually do, and it was a good reminder to get out riding more often. There's nothing quite like cruising down the bike path at dusk with the warm air rushing by your face. 

Ity was the perfect summer evening in Santa Fe. It was so much fun that we have plans to go to another game next week. It really was the perfect summer evening in Santa Fe. 

*The actual team name is the Santa Fe Fuego, but I think it's a missed opportunity not to call them the Santa Fuego!


  1. That sounds like a wonderful evening! (except for the poor people getting hit with baseballs) It reminds me that I haven't been to a Saints game in years. I'll have to head out. Did you know they're building them a new stadium in Lowertown?

    1. No, I didn't know that. I used to love going to Saints games. Maybe next summer at labor day we can all go.

  2. This looks like so much fun. I've been meaning to take my oldest son (6) to a baseball game locally this summer since he plays and is slowly getting into it. Sure beats travelling an hour into the city to go to a major league baseball game and spending a small fortune.

    1. It was a ton of fun!

      No kidding about the small fortune - it's so expensive to go to major league games!

  3. what a fabulous evening!!!!!

    my boyfriend's oldest son plays baseball. sometimes the games are really, really exciting!

    i am not exactly sports oriented or sports savvy. the first few games i went to DROVE ME CRAZY. all of the parents shouting at the kids, yelling encouragement, giving advice, etc. for every at bat (not to mention all of the yelling and cheering that takes place when the opposing team makes a mistake). all i could think was, SHUT UP AND LET THE KID CONCENTRATE! but i guess the kids the chatter, or they tune it out. if the games were quiet or silent, i am guessing the players would be bummed.

    1. I guess so, although it seems distracting to me too.

  4. Furry...unbelievable!!! Buahahaaaaa

  5. Sounds like great fun - I have a little stadium really close to my house (so close I can hear the singing!) and I keep meaning to get tickets to see what it's like :)


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