When David Price takes the mound here Friday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox, his name gets added to a long list of big-league standouts who have appeared on injury rehab for or against the Bisons. He'll certainly be the wealthiest, in the second season of his seven-year $217 million contract.
We've seen grand slams for the Bisons by Edwin Encarnacion (2014) and against them by Darryl Strawberry (1999). Manny Ramirez belting three home runs for the Herd in four days in 2000. Jim Thome in the lineup against the Durham Bulls during the 1998 Governors' Cup finals. The night in 2005 when former MVPs Juan Gonzalez and Frank Thomas faced each other during a Bisons-Charlotte game.
We also saw lots of Toronto fans pile here last year to watch Jose Bautista -- and lots of Bisons fans boo when Joey Bats lollygagged to first rather than run out a double-play ball.
Favorite rehab stint: Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar, a veteran of two World Series, arrived in 1999 and immediately asked the team's PR staff, "How many games back are we?"
For star power, Buffalo baseball fans have been pretty fortunate in this regard.