Braving the temperatures above 95 degrees, Mooresville resident Judy Bost was early for the doubleheader against the Roanoke Rails on July 10.
Bost, 72, dubbed the Mooresville Spinners’ biggest fan by town commissioner Bobby Compton, has attended every home game except one since the team came to Mooresville in 2014.
“I missed one game and only one,” she said, “but after that I always work my schedule to make sure I can go to all the games.”
Bost’s husband, Bob, 73, attends some of the games, and their son Bobby Bost, with his wife, Karen, attend frequently as well. “I always sit right behind home plate, one row up,” said Judy.
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“Bob can sit on the front row, but I am not tall enough; the backstop blocks my view of the field,” she said. She likes sitting close enough to voice her opinion on a call, “Sometimes I think they (the umpires) hear me,” she said.
She is always early, an hour before the first pitch, to most games. “I’m usually the third person in the gate, right behind Bobby Compton,” said Bost.
Compton joked that he was almost as big a fan, pointing out the plaque that is set out on one of the picnic tables to reserve it for him.
The Spinners have signed a nine-year lease, and the town plans to work with the team to make improvements each year, said Compton.
The Spinners play in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate league, a wooden-bat summer baseball league consisting of players from all levels of college baseball.
Compton said the wooden bat league is comparable to single A baseball as far as the talent level.
Bost said, “I just enjoy baseball and the sound of a wooden bat hitting a ball.” The home team didn’t disappoint, as Markel Jones hit a home run during his first time at bat in the first inning.
The Spinners won both games with a score of 9-4 in the first game and 6-5 in the second. There are only a handful of home games left, but there is one that will be extra special to Bost.
Judy, an Atlanta Braves fan, and Bob, a New York Yankees fan, both love baseball and each other with the only discourse being when the two teams play each other. “We clash because we both know who is going to win, the Braves,” she said with a chuckle.
A make-up game scheduled for July 29 will be on their 53rd wedding anniversary. “I told them they scheduled that game just for my anniversary,” said Bost, adding the couple would be at the ball park, celebrating their anniversary.
Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Mooresville Spinners play at Moors Park, 691 S. Broad St., Mooresville. The remaining games start at 7 p.m. July 22, 24 and 28-31. www.mooresvillespinners.com.