I was very pleased to make my way to Newport to see Cardines Field, a wood and brick bandbox with a legacy that runs as deep as Fenway or Wrigley. McCoy is back on the docket as the countdown to the last game beings for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
|Fenway Park||Boston Red Sox||Boston, MA|
|Dunkin Donuts Park||Hartford Yard Goats||Hartford, CT|
|New Britain Stadium||New Britain Bees||New Britain, CT|
|Campanelli Stadium||Brockton Rox||Brockton, MA|
|Clem Spillane Field||Wareham Gatemen||Wareham, MA|
|Old Mountain Field||Ocean State Waves||South Kingstown, RI|
If I can get to a Boston Red Sox, Pawtucket Red Sox, Hartford Yard Goats and Lowell Spinners game this season, I’ll do the ladder (MLB, AAA, AA & A).
A visit to Old Mountain Stadium would check off all three active Rhode Island stadiums (including McCoy and Cardines).
The New Britain Bees are the relocated Camden Riversharks, who played at Campbell’s Field, which is one of my favorite venues in the country. It will also be my first independent league game since the Riversharks went dark.
I’m considering a trip home to Philly later this spring. If I can make the schedule work, I want to try to get to Yogi Berra Stadium for a New Jersey Jackals game. I haven’t had any experience with the Can-Am League, and would like to change that. A trip home would also mean an opportunity to get back to Arm & Hammer, Frawley, or FirstEnergy in Reading to add the Fightin’ Phils to my collection.
Maybe it’s a bit more ambitious than I would lead my partner to believe. She is a fantastic hockey fan and always up for a game, but she hasn’t bought in on baseball yet. So these trips are a bit harder of a sell. Just a little bit harder though.