July 23rd, 2024

Bulls gearing up for popular Canada Day doubleheader

By Lethbridge Herald on June 28, 2024.

Herald photo by justin seward Carlin Dick attempts to get back to the bag before the throw over to first in a game against Okotoks earlier this week.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

The Lethbridge Bulls are gearing up for the most popular day in their schedule each year  with the Canada Day doubleheader at Spitz Stadium on Monday.

American player Scott Hansen will be experiencing his first Canada Day game.

“I’m really excited for Canada Day,” said Hansen.

“All the guys, they talk about it, it’s their favourite day of the  year. I’m excited to see all the faces in the stands, really excited to watch some Bulls baseball and excited for the festivities after the game and everything.”

Hansen sees  baseball as a sport that brings people together.

“It brings a lot of people together and I think this is one of those days where it happens,” said Hansen.

“Everyone wants to be outside, watch some fun baseball and just enjoy the night.”

There is a simple thing Hansen would like to enjoy about the day.

“Hopefully two wins,” said Hansen.

Local Bulls player Josh Kabayama has played on this day for a few seasons.

“It brings a lot of life and a lot (of) energy to the ball park and the fans are usually pretty good,” said Kabayama.

Kabayama was asked about the pride the players take from Canada Day games.

“I think especially the Canadian guys,” said Kabayama.

“Canada Day’s something that’s pretty cool. I’ve enjoyed playing (on) Canada Day every single year and it gets loud and yeah I guess it is a prideful day.”

Carlin Dick doesn’t see the game plan changing for the doubleheader.

“It doesn’t take much to get jacked up for that game,” said Dick.

“So just having that mindset, (and) going out there and playing the same game that we’ve played all year and had success with, and using that excitement from the crowd to help us even more.”

The fans bring more excitement to the day.

“There’s a lot of excitement, there’s a lot of cheering, there’s some chirping, it’s all good things,” said Dick.

“I can’t say enough about the crowd in Lethbridge. I can’t wait for them to be out there and have their full support because they’re a great crowd.”

The Canada Day doubleheader on Monday against the Sylvan Lake Gulls begins with the first game at 2:05 p.m. followed by the second game at 7:35 p.m.

Fans that attend the late game will be able to go on the field to watch the fireworks afterwards.


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