Save the Last Game for Me

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
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Trip End Dec 25, 1998


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Friday, August 29, 1997

Go with me? Clap your cap on backwards as we head for the season's last rilly big shew. I'm talking about Lookouts AA baseball! Where else in town can we find the Memphis Chicks and the Famous Chicken, or fireworks and firing cannons, or hotdogs and haircuts, except at Historic Engel Stadium, the classiest ballfield in the Southern League?

Haircuts? Well sure. Take a seat in the bright-red barber chair for the best home-plate view in the world while you get a spiffy trim.

As to the hotdogs, get'em at the concession stand, or bring a crowd of 25, and book a Lookout Cookout for some genuine partying. The Cookouts start about an hour before game time under the red-striped tent in left field. Your ticket gives you an all-you-can-eat picnic and, of course, a baseball game.

Ahh, baseball, everybody's game. We pitch it, play it, bet it, stat it, quote it, and collect it. We make legends out of heroes and memories out of fame. The present becomes the past this very weekend as Memphis plays the last AA game it will ever play. Next year, Memphis is AAA.

Watch Lookouts Pete Rose Jr and Craig Griffey claim their own place in the history books while proudly wearing the family name. Keep your eye on catcher Justin Towle, considered one of the finer prospects by parent club Cincinnati Reds. Years from now you'll smile and remember - you saw them here.

The four games with Memphis wind up hometown play for the year, so pick one day, or more. Saturday is Famous Chicken night; Sunday's postgame fireworks dazzle us right into Labor Day. And every game offers lighthearted antics, foot-stomping sound effects, and an atmosphere of good-natured fun.

General Admission, in full dress military uniform, stands at attention as every batter takes a turn at the plate. A home run sends him to the cannon and our cheers are backed by earblasting sound. Meanwhile, the choo-choo steams its way into view and whistles the news. Baseball requires a little bragging, you know.

Not a sports fan? It doesn't matter. Kids won't sit still? Doesn't matter. The Lookouts are all about enjoying life. See you there.

Engel Stadium, Chattanooga
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