The players in both dugouts at Fluor field, Friday night, barely had enough moisture to spit, while the sounds of the games were drowned out by large industrial fans. The normally pristine field appeared like most people’s lawns, suffering under intense heat, day after day. The spectators, however, kept their cool, fantasizing about “Christmas in July”, with staff members dancing to “Jingle Bells” while wearing Santa hats. “There is something nice about hearing sleigh bells in the dead of summer”, one fan exclaimed.
Adding to the “dog days of summer”, the Drive had to keep its focus on beating the Charleston Riverdogs, which they accomplished, with some nice slugging by Sean Coyle, who homered in the 6th. Kyle Stroup also pitched well, up to the point he was relieved in the 5th inning, with the game tied at 1-1. In the end, the Drive prevailed with a 4-1 win over the Charleston Riverdogs.
From a business standpoint, the Greenville Drive is really not that excited about August attendance forecasts, with an eight-game home stand beginning on the 13th, just when many people are returning from vacation and the kids head back to school.
The good news is that the Drive should compete in post season, if they can hold on to their current position in the standings, just below the Savannah Sand Gnats by 4.5 games.