By Ethan Nobles on 11:12 PM
Filed Under: TheNaturalStateHawg
For my Wordless Wednesday selection yesterday, I chose a photo I took last Friday at an Arkansas Traveler's game.
Why? Because I love the heck out of baseball, that's why. Think of it. It's a warm, spring evening or afternoon and you're out at the ballpark. You've got a hot dog in one hand, a beer in the other and you're yelling, "Hit the damn ball!" What could be better than that?
I've been a fan of the Arkansas Travelers since I was just a little The Hawg. When spring and summer rolled around, it was a regular event for my dad, mom brother and I to hop in the car, make that 20-minute drive from Benton to Little Rock and go see the Travelers.
My dad taught me about baseball during those many outings and I've had an appreciation for the game since. I pretty well grew up at Ray Winder Field, in fact, and will probably go to Travelers games until I'm too old and/or sick to make it to them.
A lot has changed over the years. A couple of years ago, the team moved from the middle of Little Rock to Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. The Travelers used to be a St. Louis Cardinals farm club (a great fit because a lot of us Arkies are Cardinals fans) but is now an Angels affiliate (not a good fit at all -- who in Arkansas cares about a middle-tier team from Anaheim or Los Angeles or wherever the heck they are based?) And just last year, the Travelers got a rivalry -- the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (a Kansas City Royals affiliate) set up shop in Springdale.
At any rate, it felt rather like old times. Well, the roles of mom and dad were played by my wife and me and the roles of the kids were played by our children. Still, I was probably more relaxed than I've been in at least three months during that game and the kids had a great time (just look at the photos for proof).
So the kids are learning about baseball the way I learned -- by watching a lot of games, doing a lot of yelling and having (hopefully) a good time with the family. I do miss Ray Winder Field, but there's something to be said for putting the team in a park that overlooks the Little Rock skyline and wasn't built when the Kaiser was in power.
It was a bonehead move on the part of the Little Rock city officials who let the Travelers move north of the Arkansas River, but the city of North Little Rock has been bloodying the nose of its sister city for a few years now. So, the move wasn't really that much of a surprise. Hey, North Little Rock has gotten very, very competitive with Little Rock as of late and that's been fun to watch.
For example, Little Rock got the Clinton Library, so what did North Little Rock officials do? They put an RV park right across the Arkansas River from it. That's funny as hell and a surprisingly fitting tribute to our former president.
At any rate, the Travelers lost last Friday to the Naturals.
The score wasn't really the point of going, anyway. It never is.
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