Canada Day at Buffalo Bisons

A few weeks ago my hubby entered a contest from to win four Buffalo Bisons tickets, $20 in Bison Bucks and a special experience. is a subsidiary of Major League Baseball and sells tickets for everything from Minor League Baseball games to major music concerts. The whole family was so excited when we won, we love going to Bisons games! The game was held on Canada Day which was very convenient for us as we had the day off work and no other plans. To celebrate Canada Day the US and Canadian Border Patrol Guards carried out the flags before both national anthems were played.

Photo Credit: Buffalo Bisons

Another special moment was Mr. Ted Gonsiorek, a 90 years young WWII veteran, who threw out the first pitch as part of Western New York's Senior Wishes program. It was a strong pitch and everyone in the ballpark was on their feet cheering him on! 

When your team has been around for over 130 years, you tend to accumulate a lot of memorabilia. The Buffalo Bisons Hall of Fame celebrates the long history of the team in Western New York. The exhibits change regularly but the wall of photos of those inducted into the Hall of Fame always remains. 

I love old Cracker Jack baseball cards. I even have the 1915 Joe Jackson one as a magnet on my fridge!  

Take me out to the Ballgame is played in the middle of the seventh inning of every baseball game. I've heard it quite a few times and never knew that what we all sing is just the chorus! The full version written in 1908 appears below. I wonder why the verses were dropped, it makes the song even better! 

Katie Casey was baseball mad,
Had the fever and had it bad.

Just to root for the home town crew,

Ev'ry sou

Katie blew.

On a Saturday her young beau
Called to see if she'd like to go
To see a show, but Miss Kate said "No,
I'll tell you what you can do:"

Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with the crowd;

Just buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack 

I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

Katie Casey saw all the games,

Knew the players by their first names.

Told the umpire he was wrong,

All along,
Good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song:

A collection of trophies sits atop a vintage American flag bunting. The Hall of Fame is located on the main concourse (100 level seating). If you enter at the Swan Street entrance, it is directly to your left.

Conehead is a local legend at the Bisons games. He knows all the regulars, always seems to be around when your thirsty and loves to chat with the fans about the game. It's not a trip to Buffalo until he shouts out his Conehead guarantee, "Get a warm beer from me, drink it for free!" 

The tickets we received from were fantastic, Section 105 Row G, we were so close to the field we could hear the opposing team the Gwinnett Braves talking to one another! This section was part of the off season renovation, the new seats are roomy and comfortable. We were trying to remember if there were cups holders on the backs of the seats last year, nevertheless there are cup holders now and they hold the giant soda collector cups the boys are so fond of. 

Part way through the game we met the lovely Mackenzie from the Bisons staff who asked if we wanted to watch the pyrotechnics from the dugout! We couldn't believe our luck and away we went, this was the special experience from the contest we won. We watched the last inning from right behind home plate which was incredible enough and then...

 Munenori Kawasaki walked up to home plate right in front of us! He is a fan favorite in Toronto and Buffalo and always gets a big round of applause when he comes out to bat. He plays with such heart and it shines through how much he loves the game so naturally people are drawn to that enthusiasm. I've watched him warm up a few times both in Toronto and Buffalo and he always makes time for the fans. He gives baseballs to kids, signs autographs and talks to the fans. He speaks Japanese, English and has been learning Spanish from his fellow Toronto Blue Jays, it's always fun to watch him in interviews go back and forth with each language. 

Watching the pyrotechnics from the dugout. I just love fireworks and my favourite ones are always the sparkly, diamond looking ones. 

The whole family in the dugout. The youngest liked pointing out that he had been in the dugout a few weeks prior, he served as the Bisons Batboy for a game. It was very exciting for the rest of us since some of the players and staff were still coming in and out to grab their things and they wanted to watch the fireworks too! 

Thanks to we had a very memorable Canada Day at the Buffalo Bisons game!