by Kim Powell
MIDLAND - The baseball field was packed before the game, not with players, but with dads playing some catch with their kids. It's all part of the Father's Day celebration at the Rockhounds baseball game on Sunday.
"We had a great turn out today (Sunday). We opened the gates early, lots of dads and sons and daughters went out and played catch so it was a great day," Rockhounds General Manager, Monty Hoppel, said.
Hoppel, who is a father himself, says he would have been down there throwing with them.
"Three kids, they're all here. We didn't go play catch, they're a little bit too old. They won't go down on the field," Hoppel said.
Playing a fun round with their old man on the field wasn't the only perk of the day, raffle tickets were drawn for dad-themed gift baskets.
"Great prizes and I think rounds of golf and gift certificates for restaurants and framed sports memorabilia and that sort of thing. So, it'll be a fun day here," Hoppel said.
Even with the scorching temperatures, families with big and little fans made up the crowd.
"This is his first game to the Rockhounds," Father, Steven Jones, said.
The real prize of the day, however, was just spending time with family.