Chicago Dogs Debut In Rosemont
By DION MARTORANO
Journal & Topics Sports
The final result Friday night wasn’t what the Chicago Dogs wanted in their inaugural home game at Impact Field in Rosemont, but the sold-out crowd was everything they wanted and more.
The Dogs lost, 8-4, to the Kansas City T-Bones after allowing a pair of 3-run home runs in the bottom of the ninth. But this didn’t stop the fans from staying until the end to watch the postgame fireworks and kids from running the bases after the show.
Fans took a stroll around the park before the start of the action to check out the new ballpark at Balmoral Avenue and I-294. There were long lines at the food stands, including Wieners Circle (char dogs, burgers, sass), Flash Point Grille (burgers, hot dogs, chicken), Salsa (tacos, cerveza, nachos), Sweet (soft-serve ice cream treats) and Pies (pizza by the slice) among the stops.
Wayne Messmer, the legendary anthem singer for many Chicago sports teams over the years, belted out a great rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that got fans excited before the first pitch.
Two ceremonial first pitches were thrown before the start of the game, including a strike by Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. Chicago Dogs owner Shawn Hunter spoke to the packed crowd before the first pitch to thank them for being a part of history and more.
While the T-Bones recorded the first hit of the game -- a solo home run by Dylan Tice -- the first run driven in by the Dogs came in the fifth inning by Rolling Meadows alum Kyle Gaedele who was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Wilfredo Rodriguez. Michael Baca tallied a 2-run single and Edwin Arroyo an RBI single in the exciting fifth inning as Chicago overcame a 2-0 deficit to take a 4-2 lead.
Chicago also unveiled their mascot, a yellow mustard bottle named Squeeze, and his rival ketchup bottle, both who entertained fans with their respective antics on the warm Friday night.
The Dogs were swept in their first home series, but Treysen Vavra put his name in the record books as the first Chicago player to hit a home run Saturday at Impact Field.