Where can you find Batman, a T-Rex, the Gingerbread Man, an Irishman, and a Stormtrooper all in the same place? Joe Lee Griffin Stadium at Samford University in Birmingham.
The Samford University baseball team played a inter-squad scrimmage on October 28th. However, it was no ordinary scrimmage.
The Samford baseball Halloween game is an annual tradition of three years now. The players make and buy costumes and wear them in the game. The team is then split into two teams and they play five innings of baseball.
This year the home team came away with the victory. They trailed 3-0 from the top of the first inning until the bottom of the last inning. They then exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 4-3 walk-off win.
The game is open to the public with free admission every year. Samford invites fans to come, bring kids and dress up in costumes of their own. The stands this year were almost filled to capacity and the left and right field walls were lined with fans as Samford drew a great crowd out of Birmingham.
The atmosphere was energetic and family friendly with kids walking around dressed up ready to trick-or-treat. There was a bouncy house for the kids to enjoy as well. Samford baseball players came out of the dugout and handed out candy to the kids while the Samford cheerleaders served free pizza to anyone who wanted it.
Overall, the game is a great way for the Samford baseball team to be promoted while offering a fun night for Birmingham residents.
“It’s hard to beat a night of baseball under the lights reliving childhood memories in crazy costumes while kids are screaming and cheering for you.” – Kyle Stuart (Samford pitcher and Stormtrooper)