06/19/2014 11:34 AM -
The ominous overcast skies and strong gusts of wind did not hamper the Father’s Day celebration at Oil City Stadium. As fathers and their families packed the stands, the Oilmen continued their offensive explosion, scoring five runs in the first inning and defeating the Lexington Snipes 6-3. The win allowed the Oilmen to extend their winning streak to five games, but the focus of the day was an appreciation for the fathers in attendance and in and around the community.
The sun began to peak through as the game continued and it became a picturesque day for baseball, and a “Field of Dreams” like setting for the fathers and their children. Following the game, fathers and their kids were invited to play catch on the field. For those that took advantage, it was a memorable experience.
Michael Condes, a Whiting native and stepfather of Oilmen pitcher Anthony Gomez, was able to join both his son and stepson on the field for a game of catch.
“I couldn’t think of a more relaxing way to spend an afternoon with your family enjoying baseball,” Condes said.
Condes explained that playing catch with his son on the field reminded him of when he used to play catch with Gomez, who now has become a hard throwing left-handed pitcher for the Oilmen and Ball State University. Condes is extremely proud of Gomez both as a ballplayer and as his stepson.
“It’s great watching him develop,” Condes said. “The odds were always against him and he continued to work hard. [I’m] just enjoying his achievements and passion; it’s just great to be a part of that.”
Growing up in Whiting, Condes has been extremely impressed by how the Oilmen and Oil City Stadium have “come to life” the past few years and have meant so much to the Whiting community.
This year’s Father’s Day at Oil City Stadium was one to remember, as fathers and their families were treated to a great day of baseball and an unforgettable experience on the field, as they put true meaning to the iconic line, “Hey Dad? You wanna have a catch?”