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Opening Night At 10-Year Power Anniversary

Reported: Apr. 10, 2014 11:23 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) - It’s ten year for the West Virginia Power baseball team! And on their first night, it’s always huge for the fans, made even more special with the anniversary.

We found some fans who’d been to nearly every, single game since day one! And they said today, they're just as pumped for the Power as they were, ten years ago!

Foam finger in hand, we went searching for the ultimate fan.

"And you've been coming to every day, since day one?,” we asked James Martin, from Kanawha City. “Um, hmm,” he said. “I haven't missed a ballgame yet, unless I get sick, but I haven't been sick, so I still ain't missed one yet!"

When Martin is not volunteering to feed the hungry at his church, he's at the ballpark. He remembers some cold opening day games.

"We had a real big snow, then it stopped the ballgame,” said Martin. “You've got the bright lights, the white field and a white baseball, not a good combination!,” we said. “No," he laughed.

"The first, first opening game, we were in parkas and bundled-up," said Sharon Godwin, who remembered it well! So she was thrilled at the warm sunny start for the Power on their opening night ten years later.

"And it was so cold,” she said. “We sat one year with snow on our knees!"

Then she and Martin moved to seats under a canopy, which gave them a little more protection from the elements. She even brought a fleece blanket from the 2009 season, just in case.

"It's real nice when it gets chilly at night,” said Godwin. “It might start out warm, but then it gets cold and you need something to cover-up."

Fans poured in to Appalachian Power Park. Dinner time with the Power means a hot dog and all sorts of good stuff! We ran into two cute little girls, doing a wild dance for the team, with Power hats on their heads. It may not have helped though, as the team lost their first game out, 2-0.

"Are you glad to see so many people around the Charleston-area supporting the Power?,” we asked her. “Yes!,” she enthusiastically replied. “I'm glad that we've got a good showing on the opening day, we've got a real good team."

Musician Jim Lilly did a fantastic folk-version of our National Anthem. Godwin, by the way, was Starling Marte's sponsor parent, when he was here with the Power. Now, she's proud to watch him holding court in left field now, for the Pirates!



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