CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The fans were out in full force Wednesday night to cheer on the West Virginia Power as they began their playoff run.
The Power opened up a best-of-three series with the Hagerstown Suns at Appalachian Power Park and Charleston Deputy Mayor Rod Blackstone, aka The Toast Man, couldn’t be more excited.
“It’s a fun team, it’s a good bunch of guys and we got a good bunch of fans,” Blackstone said.
This is the Power’s first time in the playoffs since 2008.
Blackstone said they have earned it with the season they’ve had.
“The first opening home stand we were one and six and it didn’t look like we were going to be playing for the playoffs and league championship at that point,” he said. “But this team gelled during the course of the year and got even better as the time wore on and I’m excited.”
Several thousand other fans were also excited to see the Power in the playoffs as well, including West Virginia Delegate John McCuskey, who came out for the playoff opener. He said when the Power are doing well, Charleston is doing well.
“When the Powers good and everybody’s coming out and having fun it really just shows what kind of a community we live in and how much we can all come together and support our teams,” he said.
Unlike other Power fans, McCuskey is happy to see the team doing well for multiple reasons.
“I’m a lifelong Pirates fan so watching players that I’m going to get to watch in the Major Leagues succeed is indicative of how my teams going to be in the future so it’s doubly exciting for me as a Power fan and a Pirate fan,” McCuskey said.
The winner of this series will play in next week’s SAL championship round.