I messed up.
I had thought I might be in Amarillo on April 8, when the city’s baseball team, the Sod Poodles, open their home season at Hodgetown, the shiny new ballpark in the city’s downtown district.
Oops. Not so. We’re going to be on the road that day en route to points south and east hauling our recreational vehicle.
So the Sod Poodles are going to have to win their home opener without me in the stands.
But the season will start, I presume weather permitting. The AA baseball team has sold all 7,000 seated tickets for its initial home game. The pre-game publicity seems to have worked. The city is fired up; indeed, the entire Panhandle must be ready to cheer after they toss out the first pitch.
I wish I could be there. It won’t happen. Maybe later this year we can find our way back to Amarillo while the Sod Poodles are in the middle of an extended home stand.
Please know that this former Amarillo resident remains committed to the success of the team and to the future of the city’s central business — and entertainment! — district.