MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, GA -- The last thing most baseball fans expected to see during Aug. 10 South Georgia Waves game was the MCLB Albany battalion commanding officer and a chief warrant officer wrestle each other in thongs. But that is just one of the things that happened during Albany's minor league baseball Military Appreciation night.
Watching Maj. Bryan Lucas, Headquarters Battalion commanding officer, and Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Bacon, internal controls manager of the financial resources branch here, was just one of the many highlights when MCLB Albany family members were given a chance to celebrate the military with the rest of the community at Albany's minor-league ballpark.
Base personnel added to the festivities by setting up a static display and participating in various events such as the dizzy-izzy and sumo wrestling between innings.
Though the Waves won 4-1 over the Lexington Legends, many participants felt it was the fans and families who won by going to an entertaining event at a low price.
"My family and I had a great time watching the baseball game and later on observing the fireworks display," said Capt. Christopher Frey, operations research analyst for the readiness and analysis department of Headquarters Materiel Command. "The ball park's military tribute was very nice and it was amusing to watch Marines participate in the festivities by strapping on sumo wrestling outfits and going at it with one another. This was our first time at the ball park but we had such a good time that we're sure to come back for a future game."
The game opened with a pitch from the base Commanding Officer, Col. Joseph Wingard. The MCLB Color guard were also a part of the opening ceremony with Skekya Davis, daughter of Fay Davis, MCCS catering and clubs manager here, singing the national anthem.
In addition, a portion of the ticket price was given back to the Marine Corps.
"I thought it was a great way for the Marines from MCLB to get out and support the community as well as the sergeant's and below ball," said Cpl. Michael Horrigan, who was accompanied at the game by his wife and two children.
More than 3000 people from the base and surrounding community helped set a ballpark attendance record for the night.
A fireworks display after the game added in the tribute to the military, past and present.
Toward the end of the game free candy was passed out to attendees as they left.