Minor league baseball marks the 25th anniversary of the return to our area tomorrow.
For a long time, it seemed impossible. There were problems with financing and building a stadium. Then there were major issues finding a team and bringing it here. All of that came to an end the night of April 26th, 1989.
I'm happy to say I was there for the beginning of the project, the construction of the stadium, and the first pitch on that chilly April night. If you remember, the stadium in Moosic wasn't ready on time and the Red Barons spent the first few weeks of the season on the road. I was even at that first game in Rochester.
Below is a shot of me on the field in Moosic before the first game. I have to admit it was awe inspiring. Our area isn't used to "big league" stuff, and even though it was Triple A, it was still impressive.
Having said all that, the reconstructed stadium looks great. While some prices have gone up, a day at the ballpark is still a decent entertainment value. It's a good place to spend a few hours.
It's difficult to look down the road and remember a time when our area was without a team.