What’s a little rain when it gives you special privileges?

South Bend Cubs for CAPS night at Four Winds Field began with young Landon Babcock preparing for the first pitch. Fortunately for him, it began to sprinkle, and the first pitch was delayed giving him and his brother Mason an opportunity to visit the team in the locker room and have a couple of baseballs signed.

A short time later, Landon was back on the field and launched a fun-filled night for CAPS staff, family, and friends. The Cubs wore Harry Potter (HP) themed jerseys and even their mascot, Stu himself, wore a Gryffindor house robe in celebration of the wizarding world.

Out of the 200 seats made available to CAPS, 109 were filled, although some ticket holders were reluctant to come due to threats of rain. At some point during the game the players were called from the field as a thunderstorm approached. But the game picked up again and ended at approximately 10:30, according to Ray Reed, maintenance manager at CAPS. Ray and his wife Maria (CAPS janitor) were one of the few die-hards that stayed for the entire game.

The CAPS booth featured a Harry Potter photo prop for passers-by which both kids and adults took advantage of. Keeping in line with the theme and atmosphere of the night, CAPS also offered free HP bookmarks and free invisibility cloaks. Sun-shaped hot/cold packs with happy faces were also given out in an attempt to ward off the rain.

Proceeds from ticket sales from those who attended were donated to CAPS, totaling nearly $350.


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