TROY | “Whoo,” Nick Lee yelled.
There was a chance that the season could have ended Saturday.
“Whoo,” he let it fly again.
It really could have.
“Whoo,” he got right in Brandon Miller’s face and they both laughed.
I went over to Joe Bruno Stadium.
The Auburn Doubledays could have played their final game of the summer of 2012 on Saturday against the Tri-City ValleyCats. The tarps were still there and - even though the wind had beaten up the saplings at Hudson Valley Community College - everything was intact and dry-ish.
“Whoo,” Lee gave me a blast in the right ear.
The game was postponed though.
Everyone got a chance to take a deep breath.
That chance could mean the season for Auburn.
Now they have a chance to win the series.
“Whoo, we are playin’ tomorrow boys,” Lee said after the 5-2 Auburn win over the Tri-City ValleyCats in the delayed Game Two of the New York-Penn. League playoffs that took place on Sunday instead of Saturday.
Lee is slated to start Game Three Monday after the Baseball Gods asked those in charge of the weather to open up the Saturday skies over Troy, New York.
How the Doubledays needed the chance to relax.
The chance to go to the mall.
That is how many in this group of 20-somethings making more money than they ever have spent their impromptu late summer night off.
Seventeen days into a three-week odyssey - that covers almost 1,100 miles, 12 away games, and a postseason opener that they dropped at home partially because of some errors - many of the the Auburn Doubledays went to the mall and watched “Lawless” on their impromptu break.
Manager Gary Cathcart, who played parts of his own minor league career in Albany, had dinner with his wife and a couple of friends he hadn’t seen in a decade and a half.
Starter David Fischer, who held Tri-City to one hit through four innings, got a chance to go home and sleep in his own bed. He went to high school at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake about 45 minutes from The Joe.
He got a chance to pet his dog.
Pitcher Derek Self, who got the pitching save Sunday, bought new shoes, jeans, and t-shirts.
“It was a chance to rest. A chance to rest my mind,” said outfielder Wander Ramos who was one of the crew that went to the movies. “It was a chance to forget the last game. A chance to get ready to play today.”
“Lawless” stars Tom Hardy (Bane from the Dark Knight Rises), Shia LeBouf (the kid from Transformers) and Guy Pierce (the Memento guy). It is set in Depression-era Virginia, where a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy who wants a cut.
It provided a needed escape.
It won’t win Oscars though.