LCC baseballers to play in ‘Fall Classic’
By Julie Newell
After a successful 20-game Lemonade League season during the summer, the Lansing Lugnuts announced the Lemonade League Fall Classic, to be held at Jackson Field Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $12 each, and are available at www.lansinglugnuts.com or by calling (517) 485-4500. The first 500 fans to enter will receive a free bobblehead of former Lugnuts star Noah Syndergaard. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“(The) Fall Classic is just a follow-up to our successful summer, wood-bat baseball Lemonade League,” League Commissioner Greg Kigar said.
After the cancelation of the Minor League Baseball season due to the pandemic, the two-team Lemonade League was created as a college league during the summer.
“I started playing in the Lemonade League because a lot of summer leagues were canceled,” LCC business student Craig Palidar said. “And since I already had an apartment I was paying for in East Lansing, it was a perfect fit.”
According to Kigar, the Fall Classic will consist of all LCC players, including Palidar.
“As of now the players that came to us from LCC are the only ones playing in it,” Kigar said. “It wasn’t designed to be an alumni game, and with COVID protocols as they are around the state and protective coaches, it made sense to keep it to one school.”
The Fall Classic will be played in the same way as the Lemonade League games over the summer.
“Just like our LL (Lemonade League) games, it will be a wood-bat game of seven innings using our yellow baseballs,” Kigar said. “Rosters have been set and no extra innings. (A) one vs. one home run derby will … declare a winner. And just for fun we’re adding a four-man home run derby after the game.”
Kigar commented on how there is a possibility of continuing to have the Lemonade League in the future.
“There is some real discussion that the Lemonade League will continue to co-exist with the Lansing Lugnuts games, but it’ll remain unclear until we have definitive plans from Minor League Baseball on how our schedule will work next year and beyond,” Kigar said.
“The situation with Major League Baseball will have a significant change moving forward and we’re waiting to hear how that will affect us.”
Palidar expressed interest in playing in the Lemonade League in the future.
“I definitely want to keep playing,” Palidar said. “I don’t know if the Lemonade League would be home to me again, since after this year I will no longer be living in this area.”