Monday, July 24, 2006

The kids and I went to see the Brockton Rox play the Nashua Pride last night. It was an entertaining game as the Rox won 7-3. The Rox have a Sunday promotion they call "Family FunDay" and there is all sorts of stuff going on for the kids. R. got to ride a pony (you have never seen such a big grin on a kids face) and they had some games we checked out around the 6th inning. It was a fun way to end the weekend.

The whole Pittsfield baseball team thing has pretty much faded into memory, but every once in a while I see something that ticks me off all over again. This was from a Travel section article on Pittsfield in Sunday's Boston Globe.

Take, for example, the more than 80 outsized baseball gloves (big enough for a small child to sit in) decorated by local students and scattered throughout the city. There are also dozens of other baseball-related sculptures and themed window displays, all part of ``Art of the Game, " a two-year public art and baseball project.

The city's baseball mania dates to at least 1791 when a bylaw was passed prohibiting the playing of the game within 80 yards of the new meeting house ``for preservation of the windows." In 1859, Pittsfield was home to the country's first inter collegiate baseball game , in which Amherst defeated Williams. Wahconah Park was built in 1892 and was the scene of many memorable games by big-name players, including Lou Gehrig , who in 1924 hit a home run into the Housatonic River while playing for the minor-league Hartford Senators . The park will host another big name when Bob Dylan performs there Aug. 26 .

How much do you think Pittsfield's "baseball mania" would be enhanced if they had a CanAm League franchise playing in a newly refurbished Wahconah Park?

I know I shouldn't fall back into this, but when I think about what could have been and how the selfishness of a few idiots from that 5th rate burg kept it from happening, it just pisses me off.


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