Minor league road trip


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.

(By the way, don’t miss the reports of a pretty good day — here and here and here — that Daedalus had recently. Great photos. I’d been meaning to link, and now is as good a time as any.)


  1. GodlyCynic says:

    By Nationals do you mean DC or Potomac?

  2. Daedalus says:

    Thanks for the link. My minor league experiences are mostly Dayton, which is the best run org in all of minor league ball, from what I’m told. I was a little surprised to see a team like the Braves have such a crappy facility. At least good tickets to The Diamond are cheap! The giant Indian is really creepy. Let me know if you’re going to a Nats game.

  3. Chris W says:

    Nice write-up. Had to make sure I had my caffeine to get through it all! πŸ˜€

    I plan on seeing the Lookouts in less than 2 weeks against the Tennessee Smokies, who have a nice little ballpark there. Just went there last weekend to watch the Smokies play the Montgomerey Biscuits.

  4. GodlyCynic says:

    I didn’t realize there were so many of us hanging around DC/VA. Then again, the Bengals bar is full every Sunday during the season too.

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