The Thirsty-Third Friday is a week late this month because my friend and MBIP Peoria Chiefs Tour Guide, Mike Starcevic set up a special Peoria Chiefs night last evening. In addition to being the MBIP Peoria Chiefs Tour Guide, Mike and I worked at Fleming Potter years ago. I don’t know how long Mike worked there, but I was there for 13 years from 1980 to 1993. So I worked with a lot of people in those 13 years and often wonder what happened to all of them. Well, tonight I’ll find out about some of them because Mike has gathered up a few of our co-workers for a mini Fleming Potter reunion at tonight’s Peoria Chiefs game! So it’s off to Dozer Park we go!
Here we are at Dozer Park and there’s quite a large line of people waiting to get inside! Once the gates open it moves quickly and before you know it you’re greeted by friendly faces as they take your ticket. Speaking of friendly faces, I see a few over there...
Fleming Potter Mini Reunion!
Here’s the crew that Mike assembled for a mini F&P reunion. That’s Artie Fowler, Mike Champion and the aforementioned Mike Starcevic in the top photo. Bryan Allen is smiling widely in the middle and below that is Nick Ripley (believe it or not) and Bill Molleck. Bill didn’t work at Fleming Potter, but we went to high school together and he had a beer in each hand, so we let him join our party! Mike’s with Mike Broshiers in the bottom photo. I just realized a lot of people named Mike worked at Fleming Potter!
There’s everyone seated in the ball park and two more former Fleming Potter workers were seated behind us. That’s Jerry Cooper and Randy Neal. It was really great to see all of these guys and find out what happened to them in the post Fleming Potter years. After chatting for a while I did what I always do, abandon everyone and run around and take pictures!
Faces, Mascots and Two Tattooed Legs!
Here’s some smiling faces in the crowd, some of the traveling Peoria Chiefs mascots and two impressive tattooed legs!
It was Thirsty Thursday at Dozer Park and all the beer was discounted, so I got a two dollar can of beer to start off with and then graduated up to a giganzo 24 ounce can for four bucks! Cheers!
And of course I had to go and say hi to the Bud Girls over here! Hello Bud Girls! That’s the Budweiser items they were letting people sample and we chatted about Paul Jacobs, Jim Waller and Cassie Fox Zell. I bet all of their ears were sizzling!
I had to get some food to soak up some of the beer so I wandered around and checked out all the food vendors at Dozer Park. As you can see, there’s a large selection to choose from!
Well, you have to get a hot dog, that’s just the rules, so these two lovely ladies delivered me a dog and I gave it a dose of mustard at the handy and dandy condiment station. It was delicious!
They now sell pizza by the slice here at Dozer Park, so I got a cheese slice and it kind of felt like I was back in New York for a second. Then I burped and realized I was still in Peoria and it was time to keep moving along!
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Photos of People With Their Hands Up In The Air
People put their hands up in the air a lot during a baseball game. I don’t really understand this and thought I’d take a few photos of this weird phenomenon.
The Baseball Game
I have to confess, I’m not much of a baseball fan, the main thing I like to do at a Peoria Chiefs game is bother people with the MBIP Camera, eat and drink beer. But since I’m here, I’ll take some photos of the game to share with you, the dear MBIP readers! Here’s some photos of the game while the horrible sun was still shining down.
And here’s some shots when the evening fell and cloaked the park in the sweet warmth of darkness.
Look who’s back, the remaining quartet from our remaining members of the Fleming Potter mini reunion! Thanks to my friend Mike Starcevic for setting up this evening and getting the tickets for all of us. It was wonderful to see everyone and catch up, thanks to all who showed up for this festive evening, let’s do this again, sooner than later!
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