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Whitecaps Win Longest Game in Franchise’s 21-Year History [Video]

Monday night was a long night for the West Michigan Whitecaps, as the team played its longest game in the franchise's 21-year history.

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Photo courtesy of Chris (my boyfriend)
Photo courtesy of Chris (my boyfriend)
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West Michigan Whitecaps Rebuild Fifth/Third Ballpark [Video/Photos]

Following the fire in January that devastated many in West Michigan and left Fifth/Third Ballpark in a state that had many of us wondering if Opening Day would happen on time, the West Michigan Whitecaps have been hard at work rebuilding their home.

Opening Day for the Whitecaps at Fifth/Third Ballpark in Comstock Park is Tuesday, and West Michiganders are eagerly awaiting their first look at the revamped ballpark. I managed to get some sneak peek photos of the rebuild courtesy of my boyfriend (he's been on the crew rebuilding the park).

Check out the progress after the jump!

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Ready For Opening Day!? Here’s Fifth Third Ballpark!

The West Michigan Whitecaps open up their 20th season Tuesday, and I'm totally stealing this from Matt Milhouse at our sister station 100.5 The River.

It's a time-lapse view of the rebuilding at Fifth Third ballpark.

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Vote for the Whitecaps’ Newest Food Item

The West Michigan Whitecaps are rebuilding their ballpark following the fire back in January and preparing for their season. As part of that, they're doing a lot of things and asking for the public's input.

First, they asked fans to design their jerseys for Social Media Night. Then, they asked for suggestions for the name of their new mascot. Now, they want the public to vote for which new food item they should add to their menu for the coming season. 

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Whitecaps Winter Baseball Banquet Tickets Available through Tuesday

American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer headlines the West Michigan Whitecaps' winter fan event next week.

The Detroit Tigers ace is part of the 20-member Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan for the 20th annual Whitecaps Winter Baseball Banquet, which is Jan. 23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Whitecaps Director of Marketing and Media Relations Mickey Graham said.

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Detroit Tigers Ace Max Scherzer Headlines Whitecaps Winter Baseball Banquet

American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer headlines the first West Michigan Whitecaps event after the Fifth Third Ballpark blaze last Friday and the polar vortex.

The Detroit Tigers ace is part of the 20-member Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan for the 20th annual Whitecaps Winter Baseball Banquet, which is Jan. 23 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

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Whitecaps Ready to Move Forward after Fire at Fifth Third Ballpark

Fifth Third Ballpark suffered a major fire on Friday, with more than $500,000 in damage apparently caused by a space heater.

Since the fire, the Whitecaps have made one thing clear: they will be back and ready to play this spring.

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West Michigan Whitecaps Expect to Rebuild

The West Michigan Whitecaps' ownership expects to rebuild Fifth Third Ballpark in the wake of a Friday blaze that damaged the Comstock Park facility.

A space heater started a small blaze Friday morning at the ballpark, but workers believed they had put it out. They returned to find the space in flames, Plainfield Township Fire Chief David Peterson said.

Fifth Third Ballpark is the home of the Midwest League Class A professional baseball team. It is slated to host the 50th Midwest League All-Star Game on June 17, 2014.

Team officials expect the Whitecaps to play the 2014 season, host the all-star game and rebuild the ballpark.

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Whitecaps After Fifth Third Ballpark Fire: ‘They Will Come Again’ [Video]

The West Michigan Whitecaps' ownership expects to rebuild Fifth Third Ballpark in the wake of a Friday blaze that damaged the Comstock Park facility.

A space heater started a small blaze Friday morning at the ballpark, but workers believed they had put it out. They returned to find the space in flames, Plainfield Township Fire Chief David Peterson said.

Fifth Third Ballpark is the home of the Midwest League Class A professional baseball team. It is slated to host the 50th Midwest League All-Star Game on June 17, 2014.

Team officials expect the Whitecaps to play the 2014 season, host the all-star game and rebuild the ballpark.

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Fifth Third Ballpark Fire [Video Link]

UPDATE (2:50pm): In a news conference held Friday afternoon, West Michigan Whitecaps Managing Partner Denny Baxter shed some light on the fire and on the future of Fifth Third Ballpark and the West Michigan Whitecaps. He said of the future: "If we rebuild it, they will come once again." Baxter assured the community that the Whitecaps will be playing baseball come April 8th of this year (opening day). He got choked up several times during the news conference, and expressed that the Whitecaps organization is "more than a business, it's a community member."

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Photo courtesy Gene Parker
Photo courtesy Gene Parker
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From Whitecaps To White Castle: My Weekend In Pictures And Stuff…

I had a busy and interesting weekend. Liquidation sale, Check. Bowling. Check. Little home improvement. Check.

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A Spring Thought For The Weekend…

MLB Opening day was yesterday...Tigs lost...WhiteCaps Open next weekend...

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