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Sunday, May 05, 2002

 

Also saw some nice baseball – class A and A Advanced. The Carolina League game was better played (fewer errors) with one beautiful four-run inning that had three bunts – including one squeeze – and a double steal. Not, alas, by the home town Warthogs – but it's nice to see guys learning fundamentals, and how to play little ball – especially at an American League farm club (KC). The Sally League game was sloppily played, on a sloppy field, with 6 total errors, 21 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batsmen – the young Yankees didn't impress me much.

The ballpark in Winston-Salem is part of a stadium complex – fairgrounds, baseball, Wake Forest football stadium, RV parking for tailgaters up the street. All very nice, to have a whole part of town set aside for entertainment. But the ballpark in Greensboro is in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It's old enough that I don't know if it was built that way or if the neighborhood grew up around it. Couldn't happen today – residential property values are too high, and every new stadium has to be surrounded by acres of parking lots where the owners get a pile of their revenue.(At War Memorial, you park on the street, or the VFW lot for $2. Such a deal.) Failing that, they've built an open-air bar down the left field line. TV monitors tuned to ESPN, mixed drinks, pretzels – it seemed popular.
On the other hand, it's got to be nice to watch a game from your second floor balcony, or sit in the back yard and watch fireworks on Friday night. Is this a great country, or what?

posted by Kelly | 5:48 PM link
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