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More Than 4,000 Fans Catch Rainy Iowa Cubs Opener

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thursday was opening day at the ballpark for the Iowa Cubs. Even though fans had to dodge some raindrops throughout the game at Principal Park, fans said there wasn’t any place they’d rather be.

“Oh, it’s the start of a long and very happy relationship taking my boy out to see the Iowa Cubs. My father did it with me, playing catch out in the front yard and all that stuff. You’re always imitating the players and all that growing up, it’s definitely a special moment,” said Nick Larson.

For many, that special moment returns every spring. While it may not have been perfect weather for a game of baseball, the rain wasn’t enough of a problem to keep fans out of their seats.

“It’s my favorite thing to do. I don’t know how many baseball games we’ve gone to as a family. We went to two major league games last year, and it cost us an arm and a leg but it was worth it for us. It’s nice to be able to come see a really great product here right in our hometown,” said Reid Salomonsky said.

Many families who go have seen kids grow up hold on to the constant of baseball season, while some want to take some notes home from the ball game.

“I watch their mechanics and how they talk to each other out on the field, and I try to relay it back to my team and show them what they do,” Cade Hoffman said.

The Iowa Cubs suffered a 7-3 loss Thursday to Round Rock Express, but the Cubbies will be back at it Friday.