From all accounts, the first game of the Wild Wild West League was a success. Naturally, there were a few bumps along the way, but baseball is back in Oregon and people were thrilled.
Tim Martinez of The Columbian noted some of the struggles, including players seemingly being introduced to each other on Saturday. Also, public address announcer Robert Jones asking a player how to pronounce their last name during pregame introductions.
Jones joked over the mic, “What can I say folks, it’s the first game.”
Portland Pickles co-owner Alan Miller told The Oregonian’s Matt Cohen “I want it to be safe.”
“I think the most important thing is people come out here and feel safe” he added. “That’s the number one most important thing. Secondarily, I think creating a little bit of normalcy.”
Masks were required and both Martinez and Cohen noted the fans followed that rule well.
The Pickles came away with the 2-1 victory over the Portland Gherkins.
The Wild Wild West League opener was one for the books! The Gherkins fought ‘til the end in their first ever game! Thanks to everyone who attended and watched online! Day 1 recap here ⬇️🥒⚾️🤠 #getpickled pic.twitter.com/Ay3A2c0sEj
— Portland Pickles (@picklesbaseball) July 12, 2020
The Gherkins are back in action at 2:30 p.m. today (Sunday, July 12) against the West Linn Knights at North Marion High School. Meanwhile, the Pickles are back at it tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the Gresham GreyWolves, also at North Marion.
The WWWL has Monday off this week before doubleheaders the rest of the week between the four teams. For the full WWWL schedule, visit the Pickles website here.