Summer Fun in the Ball Park
|This summer has been filled with family fun at the Spokane Indians Ball Park. On June 29 the Spokane Tribe sponsored its first of two special events at the ball park. Spokane Tribal member Derek Abrahamson threw out the first ceremonial pitch of the evening. And Rudy Peone’s son Deylin won a contest to throw out the second ceremonial pitch of the night. Deylin and Derek both were able to meet some of the baseball players and they both enjoyed a night of baseball.
The Spokane Tribe’s second sponsored event on August 13, 2007 was a huge success. Tribal members from the area Tribe’s were offered special rates and coupons during the “Celebrate Native Culture Night” promotion at the ball park. This event was co-organized by the Spokane Tribe and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
Members of the Wellpinit VFW posted the colors during the pre-game ceremonies. The VFW drum group along with community members sang an honor song followed by Coeur d’Alene tribal member CC Curtis singing the national anthem. Lil’ Miss Spokane Shenoah Bowen and tribal royalty representatives from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe greeted baseball fans and were given a special introduction during the evening’s baseball game.
The partnership between the Spokane Tribe and the Spokane Indians Baseball Club has been very successful. The historic partnership has gained national media attention throughout the summer. Most recently a reporter from the Chicago Sun Times took some photographs during the “Celebrate Native Culture Night” event and interviewed representatives from the Tribe and baseball club. Other news stories about the partnership have appeared in the Major League Baseball magazine, Northwest Indian Television News, Indian Country Today and several local TV newscasts.
The Spokane Indians regular baseball season ends September 5 with a spectacular fireworks show.