Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bye Bye Barons

Last year I attended 2 Red Baron games at Lackawanna County Stadium that Ryan Howard hit a game winning home run. In past years I watched Jimmie Rollins make an incredible grab and throw off the wrong foot and still get the runner. I remember Pat Burrell hitting the ball into the field beyond the fence and rehab starts by the Kruker and Schilling. So many memories.

Now the Phillies AAA team is leaving because the team is owned by a local government that has no business running a baseball team. Sure the taxpayers should have an interest but it's time for the county to sell the team. Enough of being calm and polite.


Ahhm. So now we look for another team.

Who Will Play at Lackawanna County Stadium?

Our area's AAA baseball team is gearing up for the playoffs in the International League but this will likely be the last time the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons take the field as an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies want a new minor league club next year, one that will eventually take up residence in Allentown. That means the local team needs a new major league affiliate and now that the regular season is over, the courtship can begin.....

"As far as we know, there are five teams that have not resigned with their current affiliates. Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Baltimore and the Washington Nationals," explained Tony Lomma, authority chairman.

I stopped at my local tonight and everybody was excited that the Yankee farm team was coming here. I'll believe it when I see it.


Bernie O'Hare said...

Gort, Yesterday was the official groundbreaking of Allentown's new stadium.

Gort said...

Bernie, Just twist the dagger.

PA progressive said...

The new Allentown team is co-owned by Craig Stein who has done a great job with our Reading Phillies.
(Just twisting the dagger a little more, Gort.)

LVDem said...

Thank you for the team Gort. We'll take good care of them. If you ever want to come down for a game, drop me an email and I'll take you to one of the great bars in Bethlehem after the game.

Carl said...

The Mets haven't re-signed Norfolk????

Gort said...

OK guys. I'm happy the Phils AAA team will be managed by people that understand the business of baseball. Lord knows the politicians in Lackawanna County don't know what they're doing. I just hope that MLB puts pressure on these clowns to sell the team. They have already got one serious offer and if they put it up on the auction block I'm sure there will be others. We are guaranteed a team but it won't be the same.