With temperatures in the upper sixties and lower seventies for the better part of a week, I’m ready for baseball. Sure, I’ll be watching plenty of Sunday Night Baseball with all of the marquee match-ups and big contract superstars. I’ll be checking the divisional standings and stats that baseball fans love and breathe, but that’s not the only game in town.
I cut my teeth in the sports media world covering the Omaha Royals, now known as the Storm Chasers. I was fortunate enough to get an inside look at the dynamics of the locker room, the hard work that the organization and its staff put in on a day to day basis. I witnessed the growth and development of players like Alex Gordon. That all happened before the glory days of the Omaha Storm Chasers.
They have won a few championships since their move to Werner Park, which is one of the most beautiful and well put together baseball stadiums in the country. They have a home much more suited for a minor league team than they had at Rosenblatt. It has something for everyone. Bring a blanket and sit on the berm. Hang out on one of the party decks, get a suite and watch the game in style. Or do what I did today and get a few box seats down one of the lines.
April seventh cant get here fast enough. It’s a Thirsty Thursday against the New Orleans Zephyrs. The future stars of the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals will take the field and pursue a championship of their own. Team President Martie Cordero will be making his rounds, greeting everyone he passes with a genuine smile as another bright season begins.
In just under a month I will be sitting in my seat with a beer in hand, eating a hot dog, and enjoying the nuances that ONLY minor league baseball can provide. It’s baseball season, America. Soak it up and smile, I am.
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