Stephanie Conners ’18
The Reds game on September 4th was going to be a very special game for the Mercy community. Mercy was being honored for the upcoming centennial and the Vocal Ensemble was set to sing the National Anthem. I had the privilege of being one of the many students to attend the memorable game, but the outcome was very different from what we all expected.
Anticipation was building as we gathered before the game to prepare for the drive to Great American Ballpark. We were excited to see our friends perform in the Vocal Ensemble and to experience the Mercy Spirit that would undoubtedly be present throughout the ballpark.
As we entered into the ballpark, the sun was shining and the crowd was excited. Children were playing with all the toys available to them and a group had made themselves at home on the small baseball diamond out front for a very intense game of wiffle ball. The smell of ballpark hot dogs and cotton candy filled the air as we found the gate to our seats.
We found our section and were about to climb the endless staircase to row S when an usher stopped us and told us it was too dangerous to go up there and they were advising people to come down. We were very confused since the burning sun was just shining five minutes ago. The big screen told fans that a thunderstorm was about to blow through and they would give us information as soon as it was available. We assumed it would be a half hour tops and then it would be time to start the game.
It didn’t look promising as the sky got darker, the rain got heavier, and the wind was getting faster and faster. Mercy students were ushered down from the seats to the concourse area and we all talked and tried to avoid getting completely soaked. Some even tried to practice their fishtail braiding in the wind which proved harder than it looks.
The delay was going on an hour and the fans were getting antsy. Every time the sky looked like it was clearing up another storm would rush through and each bolt of lightning caused another delay. The idea of the game actually happening was getting less and less likely.
The vocal ensemble seemed less than thrilled about the delay and Mercy students passed even more time by eating favorite ballpark snacks and protecting each other from the rain.
Around 8:30 we decided it was time to leave, we had stood in the rain for almost three hours and the game was still on delay. It turns out that as we were leaving the game got rescheduled to September 5th. The vocal ensemble will still sing the National Anthem. The tickets for the September 4th game, are eligible to be traded in for the new game. It will still be a celebration of Mercy, just one day later than planned.
Despite the cancellation, the fireworks display still went on, much to the fans’ delight. It gave the fans something exciting to watch since their plans of enjoying a baseball game were delayed. The stadium was empty and there was a tarp put on the field to protect it from the rain. While the stadium was desolate, the concourses were booming with fans waiting for the game that would never start.
Even though plans changed and the game ended up getting cancelled, I’m sure every Mercy student there would consider this game a great memory and an exciting celebration of our school’s one hundredth birthday.