As a result of having the wrong starting time, and arriving more than 90 minutes before game time the morning of July 4th at Waters Field, there was much time to kill.
So the natural thing to do was sit and patiently watch, pretty much nothing at first as no players or coaches had yet arrived for the 11 a.m. American Legion baseball game. So the field was empty, other than a young man running wind sprints across the empty outfield. He eventually was joined by another young man practicing punting a football. Sometimes he even ran down and caught his own punt. Many runners, walkers, cyclists and dog walkers moved past the field on the two sidewalks around Waters.
The Vienna field is located right next to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. There was no activity there either, at first, but the bay doors were open with an ambulance and pumper truck backed into the driveway, ready to depart. A mom, carrying groceries, and her son, carrying a small basketball, walked past the field, then the fire station.
At 9:26 a.m. things changed when the two department vehicles quickly left on a call, and the bay doors were closed.
Right at 9:30 a.m. some of the coaches and players participating in the American Legion contest between host Vienna Post 180 and Leesburg Post 34 began arriving and unpacking.
Seconds later, the lady who runs the concessions stand at Waters arrived carrying a big pizza box. She unlocked both that building then the pressbox.
Batting practice started at 9:38 a.m. in both batting cages.
At 9:48 a.m. the ambulance and pumper truck return. At 9:57 a.m. the first spectators began arriving and gradually took their seats in various spots.
At 10:38 a.m., a camera was attached to the home plate backstop that streamed the game live on the Internet.
At 10:54 a.m. the player introductions started, the Legion’s Code of Sportsmanship was read, then the National Anthem was played.
Next, the coaches and umpires met at home plate. At 11:06 a.m., the first pitch was thrown.
Vienna won, 10-6, as there was a lot to watch at Waters the morning of July 4.
– Dave Facinoli