Canaries Retire Pat Mahomes' Number At Hall Of Fame Ceremony
Photo: John Gaskins, KWSN
By Brent Bartels
SIOUX FALLS, SD -- The Birds retired Pat Mahomes' number 28 Friday and honored him before the game with his Hall of Fame ceremony. Mahomes pitched with the Birds from 2007 to 2009 and helped the Birds win their first championship in 2008. He holds the third-place team record for number of wins at 24.
"I get to see some of the old guys," Mahomes said. "I loved the days when I played here."
Mahomes is the third Canaries player to have his number retired after Ben Moore's number 25 and Beau Torbert's number 7.
Mahomes reflected on his greatest moment as a Bird.
"I just remember us finally clicking when we started out and were playing really good," Mahomes said. "It started translating to the field and we started winning series after series. We just knew this team was special and something good was gonna happen."
Canaries manager Mike Meyer said he was holding back emotions while talking about what Mahomes did for the team during the championship run. However, he did joke about the first time he saw the veteran after his 11 seasons in Major League Baseball.
"He is throwing 55 mph," Meyer said. "We can not put this guy out there. He clearly hasn’t picked up a baseball."
Of course, the rest is history for Meyer and Mahomes. Mahomes went on to be the ace of the Birds' pitching staff the rest of 2007 and into the 2008 championship season. 3949 fans came out to witness the Hall of Fame ceremony and celebration for Mahomes.
The Birds ended up losing the game to the Milkmen 8-2. Andrew Ely homered and Alay Lago doubled in the second run.
The Canaries will be back in action Saturday, June 29 when they take on the Milwaukee Milkmen in game two of the series. The pre-game show is scheduled for 5:45 pm with first pitch scheduled for 6:05. Birds fans can listen on Sioux Falls Sports Radio 98.1 FM and AM 1230 KWSN. For more information on game tickets, group outings or promotions, call the Canaries Front Office at (605) 336-6060, or visit the Canaries official website at www.sfcanaries.com.