I didn’t long to be at Mark Light Field last night to watch the Hurricanes play the Yellow Jackets. No, I wanted to be in Coral Gables so I could get a milkshake.
Watching the game on TV satisfied my case of baseball fever, but when I got a glimpse of the milkshake race, all I could think about was sitting in the stands drinking a Ragarm (vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and sliced strawberries) at the game.
Miami baseball and milkshakes go hand in hand.
In Milwaukee, it’s sausages that take the field for a nightly mascot race.
At the National’s games, in the city known for Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft are the entries in the President’s Mascot race.
And now the University of Miami has entered the mascot race tradition with their famous milkshakes. The competitors:
The Wizard, named for legendary UM coach Ron Fraser
JayRo, honors Jay Rokeach, the UM baseball announcer who has been ordering the same shake for thirty years
OmahaExpress, named for the ultimate goal of every season’s team…a trip to the College World Series in Omaha Nebraska
If baseball isn’t enough to bring you to a college baseball game, stop by for a milkshake, and maybe you can catch the milkshake mascot race.
February 14th, the day we’ve been waiting for since June. Sure Valentine’s Day, but more importantly, Opening Day of the college baseball season. This year we traveled to Miami for the big day to watch the Canes take on the University of Maine Black Bears.
Game one saw the Hurricanes take advantage of Maine’s opening night jitters, walks, and errors. Game two, Bryan Radziewski struck out seven of the first ten batters and a total of ten batters in five innings…not bad for the first start of the season. Then Sunday’s starter Andrew Suarez fanned another ten and finally the Canes bats warmed up with a dozen hits, half of them for extra bases for an 11-2 victory.
Of course, UM won all three games. That was inevitable since UM was playing UM in this series. Unfortunately for the University of Miami’s UM fans, the winning UM on Saturday was the team from the Pine Tree State, not the one from the Sunshine State.
We’re planning a future trip to Miami to watch the Canes this season and the calendar’s marked for trips to Stetson and UCF for games in March and April. We’ll be checking the TV listings for televised games and WVUM will be playing in the background most weekends throughout the spring. After all, it’s college baseball season!
Adventure 4 in our 13 in 13 proved to be a success. We attended all three of the weekend games in the series between Florida State and the University of Miami baseball teams. Also on the to do list for the weekend: indulge in the famous shakes at Mark Light field. If the team doesn’t win…no problem…so long as I can enjoy a Ragarm, their famous milkshake made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and strawberries.
Friday night got off to a late start waiting for the rain to clear out of the area, but by 9:00 we were cheering the Canes with a milkshake in hand. Saturday evening brought an earlier start and an earlier milkshake since the weather was clear; and since the home team proved victorious with a 6-0 win, it was a near perfect night.
It’s quite a drive for a milkshake, but good baseball topped off with the world’s best shakes make it worth it!
Did you notice that 4 Down; 9 To Go is published on 4/9?