by Jim Nintzel
Talk about vanishing Tucson: Tonight is the last Thirsty Thursday at Tucson Electric Park.
I can remember when Thirsty Thursday involved beers for a quarter for the Tucson Toros games back at Hi Corbett Field. Of course, the beers were in tiny cups the size of shot glasses--or at least that's my hazy recollection--and you'd guzzle 'em both in two sips. That meant long lines at the concession stands and very little time watching the game from the stands.
Mike Feder, who was GM of the Toros back then, was smart enough to raise the price but enlarge the cup. Somewhere along the line, we started calling it buck-beer night.
The Toros eventually became the Sidewinders and moved out south to TEP. Feder left town (he's since come back and is involved in the effort to save Spring Training baseball) and, somewhere along the line, I stopped heading out the ballpark as much. Evidently, so did too many other fans, since now we're losing the Sidewinders to Reno.
But I'll be out tonight, along the third-base line, for the end of the buck-beer era--just as long as the game doesn't rain out. See you there?