We are all set for another Friday Night Lights tonight at Highlands North.
Last week we had Derek Jeter and the ghost of Babe Ruth stop by for the Yankees pre-game introductions.
We also had an iPhone problem, and were scrambling to find someone that had the National Anthem on their phone.
Long time FNL veteran Tim Carruthers stepped to the plate and volunteered to sing the anthem.
The crowd rose in anticipation, fearful of another Rosanne Barr, Carl Lewis, or Michael Bolton anthem butchering.
But Carruthers, a -500 favorite in Vegas to forget some or more likely all of the song, nailed it!!!
Not only did he not forget the words, he even hit the high notes.
It just proves if you come out to Friday Night Lights, anything can happen!
On to the matchups….
We kick off with a AAA game at 5:00 p.m. between the Durham Bulls and the Toledo Mud Hens.
The Mud Hens are off to an 8-0 start behind Manager Doug Karmin.
And while some have attributed their excellent hitting, pitching and defense to their perfect start, there may be another explanation.
Mud Hens player Tate Cohen has had an interesting SCLL career so far.
He was on the AA Champion Arkansas Razorbacks in 2015 as the Razorbacks only lost twice all year.
Last year he played for the AAA Champion Timber Rattlers who only lost once all year.
And now he is on the AAA Mud Hens who are undefeated.
If the Mud Hens can pull off a AAA Championship, Tate will have won 3 championships in a row.
Most kids would be extremely fortunate to be on one championship team their entire SCLL career, but Tate is going for a 3 peat.
If you are looking for an early 2018 Majors Champion, keep a close eye on where Tate lands next year.
The Durham Bulls have started off slow, but they won their last game 13-1.
Things are starting to come together for this historic minor league franchise with the best looking uniforms in SCLL.
Tonight the Bulls hope to awaken the memories of Crash Davis and Nuke LaLoosh with an upset win.
Bulls Manager Kevin Maher has his “I believe” speech ready to roll tonight.
The Majors game at 7:00 p.m. features the Oakland Athletics at the first place Houston Astros.
The Athletics under Manager Eric Hove, feature Bash Brothers Carter Friday and Connor Chan.
Friday and Chan are tied for 2nd in the Majors with 5 home runs, one behind league leaguer Evan Elwood of the Giants.
The Athletics have also had a quirky 4 ties this year.
But there are no ties allowed on FNL, so if this game winds up in a tie, we might have to have a home run hitting contest to decide the winner.
The Astros are responsible for domes, multi-purpose football/baseball stadiums, AstroTurf, and the most hideous uniforms ever displayed.
They set baseball back decades with these horrible inventions.
But don’t blame Astros Manager Anthony Pedrotti for any of that.
Well I guess you can if you want, because there is a rumor that the Astros may be wearing their 70’s/80’s throwback uniforms tonight.
So make sure to wear your shades!
So come out to Friday Night Lights and check out the fun!
Who will sing the National Anthem tonight?
Will the ghost of Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson or Nolan Ryan make an appearance?
The Snack Shack will be open and kids will be running around all over the place!
We hope to see you out there tonight!