By John Kanelis / firstname.lastname@example.org
We have many friends in Amarillo, Texas, where we lived for two decades before relocating southeast to the Dallas ‘burbs.
Thus, it is with great pleasure that I join my friends — and baseball fans — as they prepare to start cheering for their beloved Amarillo Sod Poodles baseball team.
The Sod Poodles open their 2021 season next Tuesday in Tulsa, which if you think about it for a second is a most appropriate place to commence your second season in existence.
You see, the Sod Poodles came into being in time for the 2019 season and then they won the Texas League title. Where did they do that? In Tulsa, where they defeated the defending champs on their own field. The COVID pandemic wiped out the 2020 season, leaving the Sod Poodles to wait an extra season to defend their league title.
To be fair, the Texas League is now called the Central League. So the Sod Poodles won’t be defending precisely their pennant.
I am happy for my friends up yonder that they’ll now be able to return to the ballpark — aka Hodgetown — to cheer for their Double AA team.
The Sod Poodles’ home season opens May 18 when Midland rolls into town to play six games in a row at Hodgetown.
I have been cheering for the Sod Poodles from some distance. I realize that I no longer am able to attend games at Hodgetown. Indeed, the park didn’t open until after we had departed the Caprock. That hasn’t dulled my interest in all the good things that have occurred in Amarillo since our departure.
The Sod Poodles’ initial-season success is just one of the things we’ve been cheering from afar.
With that, I will enjoy looking at the standings each day to see how the team from my former city of residence performs. I wish them well. I wish the fans — and our many friends — well, too, as cheer on the home team.