Atlantic League Baseball: Road Warriors Vs. Patriots
Baseball: The Sport
As you probably know, other sports are what people do while awaiting baseball season. In my part of the family, we do baseball, while another part does soccer.
Tonight, I went to watch the Road Warriors, a team without a home field, play the Somerset Patriots. I was surprised to find that the Atlantic League is independent, rather than being an official minor league. I find that reminiscent of the Golden League on the West coast.
The stadium is magnificent. It held 8,021 of us tonight, the season high and third-highest ever. It felt full, but not overstuffed. There were a few empty seats near me (I was in the fifth row, on the first base side).
The Road Warriors scored one in the first and were pretty tame after that, scoring two more runs in the eighth. The Patriots were quiet until they scored seven runs in the third, followed by another in the fifth and two more in the eighth. Final score: Road Warriors 3, Somerset 10. I wish the Road Warriors played a little harder. There were a few times where they just seemed to give up. The third inning was like watching someone pounding on a defenseless little girl—no fun—but in the seventh and eighth innings, they played like they thought they had a chance.
The night featured dance performances by a local dance studio, "Gotta Dance," which also sponsored fireworks after the game.
It was a good night. People would enjoy life more if they’d get out and watch their hometown baseball team (like the High Desert Mavericks) a little more often.