Just one day until the Isotopes’ 2009 season opener and the excitement is building around Isotopes Park like never before. Today, the ‘Topes presented Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez with a check for nearly $2 million, a payment that represents the basic rent plus surcharge amounts for city-owned Isotopes Park. The sum is also indicative of the team’s success, as the club has given more than $12 million to the city since the club’s arrival in 2003.
The photo linked below is of Mayor Chavez accepting the check from Isotopes President Ken Young.
As far as the team goes, the rotation is set and getting the ball for the Isotopes in the historic opener is right-hander Miguel Pinango, who will take on Omaha righty Brian Bannister. The entire rotation for the series is:
RHP Miguel Pinango vs. RHP Brian Bannister
LHP Eric Stults vs. RHP Luke Hochevar
LHP Eric Milton vs. LHP Heath Phillips
RHP Charlie Haeger vs. RHP Brandon Duckworth
Tommy Lasorda has also officially made it back to town and will have a big day tomorrow being a part of the Isotopes’ Opening Day festivities. Tommy will throw out the first pitch with Mayor Chavez before interacting with Isotopes fans throughout the game. Oh, and most importantly, Tommy has already guaranteed a ‘Topes win!!