Our friend Daedalus went to see the Bats in my home state of Virginia recently, and her trip could have gone better. It’s an interesting report, though, and she has some great pictures, as always. I think she likes Jay Bruce. So do I.
If you’ve been to Richmond, the Braves’ stadium — The Diamond — is a dump. It’s embarrassing. I’ve been to every minor league stadium in Virginia (except one), and The Diamond is a joke.
Now, I went to a game there when I was young, right after it opened. This was years ago, but I thought it was a fairly nice stadium. Daryl Strawberry was playing for the visiting Tidewater (now Norfolk) Tides, and I believe Reds hitting coach Brook Jacoby may have been playing at that time, too.
I do love a good minor league road trip, though. I’m hoping to catch the Tides next week when I’m out there for a conference, and I may even get to take in a Nationals game, if I can stand it.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.