If you haven’t heard, we actually have some competition for pro baseball in the state now.
As the Bees open play tonight in New Britain, there are some goats down in Hartford that have (finally!) opened play in their fancy new stadium. While most fans in the area already are coughing up their breakfast just thinking about the organization that did them wrong, there is a better way to show both the pride in your hometown and, yes, disgust.
Pack New Britain Stadium.
If area baseball fans really want to prove how valuable and viable pro baseball is here, they need to fill the stadium this spring and summer and prove no matter what that new ballpark in the traffic-congested city miles away looks like, New Britain is still king when it comes to baseball in the state.
Luckily, it’s not asking too much of everyone to head out to a Bees game or two, or 10, this season, as there’s nothing quite like watching baseball, especially when the weather cooperates.
In fact, several times last season I left the friendly confines of the press box to head out to the stands and take in a few innings from a seat down the first base line. Most of the time with a plate of chicken fingers in one hand and a soda in the other, I simply enjoyed the game. And those times were among my favorite moments from last summer. Talking to friends, other fans, and enjoying the twilight in the background of the players on the field is something to be experienced.
Plus, with some added competition on a deeper level than simply rooting for the team on the field, there’s no reason why we can’t beat the season average of the Yard Goats, which averaged right around 3,000 a game over their last two outings.
I have no doubt the passion of the fanbase that resides here, and know that when already pushed to the point of having pro ball taken away, they will respond.
It’s time to have a real say in what happened in the past, and even better, what could happen in the future. See you tonight.