Two rain delays later, the Jackals defeat Les Capitales
When one thinks about Quebec City, it’s quite likely that historic old town or the Chateau Frontenac come to mind. What’s less likely is that someone associates the city with professional baseball. Since 1999, the Can-Am League has had the Quebec City Capitales in town and one of their most successful franchises.
When I decided to attend my first SABR Quebec meeting in Quebec City, I was happy to also be agreeing to see a Capitales game at Stade Carnac, initially built in 1938 as make-work project by the Maurice Duplessis government. The 4,000 venue, which was renovated in 1999 has some solid minor league charm.
The weather threatened to end the game at a few points, but the teams managed to get in a full nine innings in just over five hours. With a $1.00 hot dog promotion and a very active crew continually throwing t-shirts into the crowd, they managed to keep most people in the stands much longer than I would have expected.
With the late start and the constant downpour, I didn’t have much confidence in the game going the full length and left during the second of two hour-long rain delay. When I got back to my hotel, I was surprised to see that they started back up but I was still happy that I didn’t commit to staying there until midnight.
With the Jackals in the lead from the first inning, at no point did the Capitales ever seriously threaten their lead.