The Bethesda Big Train, Bethesda’s summer collegiate baseball team, is offering free admission tonight on a game that’s nearly a month in the making.
Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Red Birds was originally set for Saturday, June 30th – the day after the violent storm that left widespread damage and tens of thousands of people without power.
The storm damaged Shirley Povich field, toppling a portion of the outfield fence, knocking over a mounted speaker used for the team’s sound system and downing trees on the field, according to general manager Adam Dantus.
The storm began just after the team had wrapped up a game Friday night and also toppled trees into spectators’ cars in the parking lot, Dantus said.
“We had just finished the game, and five minutes after is when it got ugly,” Dantus said.
The damage, which has for the most part been repaired, caused the team to reschedule several games, including the one against the Baltimore Red Birds. That game was moved to July 3, but was suspended in the fourth inning due to lighting. The continuation was then set for July 11, but a scheduling conflict pushed the game back once again.
The Big Train will finally wrap up the game with the Red Birds Tuesday evening at Shirley Povich field at 5 p.m., and spectators are invited to watch the long-anticipated match for free.
The field is located at 10614 Westlake Drive in Bethesda.
“The team wants to get the game over with,” Dantus said.