New Buffalo Bisons manager Gary Allenson walked into the media room, which is always crowded on Opening Day with a large press contingent, excused his way through the cameramen and the writers, took center stage, and quipped, “What is this, New York?”
Allenson seems to be one of those down to earth, no nonsense type of coaches that Buffalo fans absolutely love. Fast release with the stories and takes, a bit of self deprecating humor, and a fire in the belly attitude when it comes to winning.
He had plenty to be happy about today, as Buffalo Bisons won their season opener, 6-3, over Thurway rivals Rochester Red Wings. 11,042 fans braved the chilly temperatures to take part in the 27th opener at the downtown ballpark. Today’s win marked the 17th time in those 27 opener that the Bisons have emerged as winners.
Anthony Gose, who has had major playing time with the parent Toronto Bloue Jays, went 2 for 4 at the plate in the leadoff spot. Two Bisons who were with the team during the Mets era, Mike Nickeas and Matt Tuiasosopo, contributed nightly towards the win. The Bisons did most of their damage early, plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning, doing all the scoring with two outs.
“It’s nice to get the win, I don’t care how you get it,” said Allenson. “You know my wife bought me a new pair of cabela under armours and they were sweet today. I wasn’t cold.” (No endorsement deal with that apparel manufacturer)
Neil Wagner, who played effectively in the closing role for the Herd last season, was lights out in the 9th, retiring all three batters to notch his first save.
Buffalo and Rochester go at it again Friday at 2PM, weather permitting, before hitting the road this weekend.