Our boys of summer need us.
I'm no sports writer, but with a record of 26-29 thus far this season – and that's doing better away than home (15-14 vs. 11-15), not including Sunday's home game – the Lake County Captains are clearly missing that essential hometown spark.
What can we do? Slather on the sunscreen, hit the ballpark, raise your voice (or just fill a seat) and take in a Captains game this summer. I hear this year's new Moby Dick fish sandwich is a great way to feed the whole family.
There are even days you can bring the dog.
Four dates on this summer's Captains schedule have been designated as Dog Nights, presented by Home Savings Bank, allowing your dog to help you root on our Cleveland Indians' Class A affiliate.
Classic Park, in case you never venture down Mentor Avenue, is located on the corners of State Route 91 and Vine Street in Eastlake.
The following Tuesdays deserve the cartoon mugs of dogs wearing Captains baseball caps on your calendar: June 12, and August 7 vs. the South Bend Silver Hawks; July 3 vs. the Fort Wayne TinCaps; and August 21 vs. the Lansing Lugnuts. (And we know how much dogs feed into our Michigan rivalry...)
Human Captains tickets are already reasonable and a portion of $5 pooch passes will benefit charity, according to the Captains' website.
However, if you prefer to do things bigger and more expensive, the Cleveland Indians offer a similar promotion down by the lake.
Two dates were scheduled this summer for Puppypalooza, presented by the PUP! (Pick Up Poop) Campaign of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
Sadly, one date has already passed. (We won 9-3, no doubt thanks to all the extra legs.)
The other is Wednesday, August 29, vs. the Oakland Athletics. A portion of these evening's proceed, too, benefit charity, in this case the Cleveland Animal Protective League.
Packages of $30 cover the entry of one human and one dog into to Progressive Field; additional human tickets cost $15.
Though first pitch isn't till 7:05 p.m. that evening, Puppypalooza registration starts at 5:30 p.m. and dog packages are expected to sell out quickly, so be there early and do a little sight-seeing before the game.
Expect pet vendors and other special activities to help your canine enjoy the experience. And don't forget your camera. This is always one for the memory book.