Thursday, July 10, 2008

Minor league madness

Nolan is pretty excited to go to a ValleyCats game on his birthday this weekend. As far as he's concerned, it's the next best thing to a trip to Yankee Stadium.

We've been to the Joe twice before and have really enjoyed the experience both times.

Moreover, it's great to see so many local baseball fans supporting the Astros farm team even though they don't have the best record. They always seem to draw a decent crowd -- and set an attendance record this past weekend with 6,630 fans there for Fourth of July fireworks.

Minor league sports have been hit and miss in the Capital Region. Just look to the departures of the Albany-Colonie Yankees and the eventual demise of the Diamond Dogs. In other sports, Albany couldn't keep the Firebirds after they won the Arena Bowl and it seems like the River Rats of the AHL often struggle pull in a crowd.

So long live the ValleyCats. Whether they win or lose, it's great entertainment for the family.


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