I have to say good word or three to my friends up yonder in Amarillo.
Minor league baseball — the organized version of it affiliated with Major League Baseball — is on the shelf for this season. That dang pandemic has scuttled minor league ball in cities all across the nation.
But in Amarillo, they have cobbled together a “league” with college players suiting up to play in the city’s shiny new ballpark named Hodgetown.
Amarillo has a couple of teams: Sod Dogs and Sod Squad. The name of the city’s AA baseball team is the Sod Poodles, and are affiliated with the National League’s San Diego Padres. The Sod Poodles are on the bench this season, which denies the Sod Poodles the chance to defend the Texas League championship they won in 2019 … in their first year of existence!
Not to be denied baseball, they put together a season featuring these young men. What’s cool — and which might not be getting the attention it deserves — is that the college players are swinging wooden bats. Yep, they aren’t wielding those metal instruments when they stride to the plate to take their cuts.
The NCAA plays baseball with those metal bats, which makes that annoying tinny sound when players hit a baseball with them.
I presume they’re sitting at an appropriate “social distancing” fashion at Hodgetown. Keep it up, friends.
I’m glad and happy for you that you are enjoying some hardball at the downtown Amarillo ballpark.