Borderland baseball fans pour into Triple A championship game
EL PASO, Texas - SBorderland baseball fans pour into Triple A championship game
Skydivers may have waved the red, white and blue Tuesday night, but the the Chihuahuas' red was on everyone's mind.
"It's not just a baseball game, it's not just showing publicity, it's showing everybody what El Paso is," said Chihuahuas fan Jonathan Brown.
Chihuahuas fans made their way to Southwest University Park Tuesday night, even though their team did not play for the national title.
The Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Columbus Clippers in the Gildan Triple-A Championship 7-0. The game was broadcast on NBC Sports, so the Sun City had the chance to shine in the national spotlight.
"It's going to be a nice three-hour commercial for us tonight," said Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor before the game.
Taylor said the passion El Pasoans bring to the park is part of the reason it was chosen as the championship stadium.
"It speaks volumes to the support El Paso has shown us," Taylor said.
The nearly 18,000 fans who came out for the Chihuahuas' two home playoff games was the largest amount of fans to attend a Pacific Coast League series.
The records do not stop there.
The team welcomed its millionth fan over the course of the two seasons in El Paso in August.
Fans came from far and wide to support their teams.
"This is one of the nicest parks I've ever been to, and I've been to both minor league and major league stadiums," said Kyle Belback, a Clippers fan from Columbus, Ohio.
Taylor hopes the coverage Tuesday night opens doors for the stadium.
"Down the road, we'd like to host an All-Star game at some point," he said.
Regular season begins again in April.