As happy as I am that my state has our own Celtics (and awesome they got Mike Gorman to narrate the announcement), it is a bittersweet moment. I feel like Red Claws is a much funner, more distinct name.
Two months ago I eyed up tonight’s game in Lehigh Valley. Lower than capacity crowd, Memorial Day weekend, fireworks, perfect. So of course it’s 48 degrees and rain chased us from our seats after the first inning.
I had a former friend who played for the Shuckers that year they opened with 54 on the road. They'd only made it to AAA for a season before getting kicked back to AA. That long road stretch broke them and they gave up after the year.
One of my best friends and old comedy producer buddy lives in Lansing area. We assumed that those shows were going to be in the concourse but they're actually going to have the stage on the field. That's an absolutely awful setup for comedy even if it was somebody great and not Rob Schneider!
I took a trip to Harrisburg last night for a AA game between the Senators (Nationals) and Reading Fightin’ Phils (duh). On the mound Cade Cavalli, first round pick and minor league strikeout leader. Batting for the Phils Jack Perkins, two professional plate appearances. Of course Perkins hits an opposite field home run. Baseball is weird.
GD. It's just $13 for seats behind the dugout for Portland Sea Dogs. I bought tickets to see a Somerset Patriots (Yankees Double A affiliate) game during my road trip in August and I expected it to be more expensive considering it's a NYC exurb and it was but still only $17 for seats behind the dugout.
Anything more than $20 for Double A seems unreasonable unless it's one of those All You Can Eat seats. And even then I think those top out around $25 here. Even then it's not really worth it cause I rarely buy more than $12 of non alcoholic concessions.
$21 for advance Frisco tickets, the most expensive I found nearby was $19 for Harrisburg Senators tickets. That may seem expensive but it doesn't take into account the mayflies you get to take home with you.
$24 must be day of game price then which is when we were buying. Even still $21 seems steep especially since it only get you a seat--no food/drink coupons or even access to the lazy river in RF (unless it's Thursday or Sunday game).
Minor league hockey in Portland, ME has been on a slow and steady but significant decline for the past 25 years. We had our AHL team get moved to GD Springfield, MA like literally a year or two after they begged for and got a $30 million arena renovation. Then we got a new team but downgraded to the ECHL. Attendance never really goes into four digits unless it's a weekend and there's some sort of wacky promotion. It seems like affiliating with the Bruins is a last ditch effort. If that doesn't raise interest, I don't think anything will.
Now all of Portland's minor league teams are affiliated with the Boston teams. Now we just need the NFL to start a minor league and stick the Patriots affiliate at Portland High's stadium!
Front page article of Maine Sunday Telegram Sunday sports section was on the pay issues in minor league baseball so I'm glad issue's getting some (small city) mainstream attention. No one's asking minor league players to get rich, just a living wage...or at least provide consistent housing. If you're playing professional baseball, you shouldn't have to cram 8 guys into a 2 bedroom apartment.
Unless maybe it's the Pecos League, which could be designated league for yahoos willing to play baseball for $50, a hot dog and a handshake.
And it's not like pro athletes are able to get side gigs to supplement the income during the season. It's an 80-100+ hours week type job. Yahoos think the game is only aspect of it but diet, training, video sessions all add up.
Yeah, those plentiful full time jobs that only require you to work from October/November to February. Unless of course the organization wants you to go to an instructional league. And you don't get paid for spring training. So if you're not a high draft pick you have to pay your own way. For lower income athletes baseball often is not an option. Then baseball shakes its head every Jackie Robinson Day and wonders where the african americans went. It's just lip service because the answer is obvious if you think about it for more than twelve seconds.