In their first year removed from being the Pheasants, the Canaries record didn't change. After their 4 to 3 win this afternoon a few of the Birds recapped their season.
"We didn't do well record wise, but we played a lot of good baseball. I think the fans got their money's worth baseball wise," Canaries Designated Hitter Tim Pahuta said.
The Canaries capped of their 2013 season giving those fans their money's worth with a meaningful win playing spoiler to the Sox post season. This year the Bird Cage set a record attendance while averaging over 3,300 fans per contest. Not too bad for a team that finished 20.5 games back in the division with a record of 42-58.
"I believe that we have the best fans in baseball. I honestly believe that. They come out every night, they root for us, and they're here until the end of the games. They have been with us through thick and thin. It is wonderful to be in the dugout or on the field and get to play in front of such appreciative fans," Canaries Manager Steve Shirley said.
Those fans filled the seats for many reasons other than wins this season. One of those reasons being All-Star Center Fielder Nick Van Stratten. The lead off man hit for the second best average in the league at .352 while leading the American Association in hits with 143. That number was second in team history while his 14 triples set a franchise record.
"Shirley stuck with me; some of these teams don't stick around with their players. A guy can go hitless and their season is done, they don’t get a chance. He stuck with me and I started to hit the ball good, I started feeling better. I just came in here everyday working to get better and tried to help my team by being a lead off hitter by doing whatever I could to get on base," Canaries Center Fielder Nick Van Stratten said.
Fans also got to enjoy watching Tim Pahuta race for the leagues home run title. Number 44 blasted 29 dingers this season, one shy of the league leader.
"I wish we did better as a team. I would have like to have won and been in a playoff race in post season. But as far as personal stats, I'm happy with how it went," Pahuta said.
So after seven seasons with the Canaries, what are the skipper's plans?
"I believe I'll back. I've already started thinking of what I'll be doing next year, so I'm assuming I'm coming back," Shirley said.
Canaries season tickets are already on sale for next season.