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Minor league stadium under water

Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 7:54 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the coolest minor league ballparks I've visited is in Harrisburg, Pa., where the field is on an island, City Island, just on the edge of downtown.

I remember walking from my downtown hotel, across a bridge with other fans for a Harrisburg Senators game and stumbling back. The bridge continued over the the Susquehana to the other side, in the middle was what is now called Metro Bank Park. It's a unique setting for baseball and the one game I went to there was a total blast.

That makes this photo from Harrisburg third baseman Tim Pahuta posted on Twitter (@Pahooter44) make me feel even sadder. (Photo credit: Tony Wagner)

 

Because of the rains on the East Coast this week, the island is under water.

The Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Nationals, had home field advantage in the Eastern League playoffs as the Western Division champs and were supposed to start a series against Richmond at Metro Bank Park on Wednesday and Thursday. The series will now start Friday in Richmond with the first two games being played in Virginia. All five games are likely to be played at the Flying Squirrels' home. According to the Patriot-News, officials from the Senators and Eastern League will meet Saturday to determine whether Metro Bank Park will be able to host baseball. If not, the teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday followed by games on Sunday and Monday. If the teams can play on City Island, the teams would return to Harrisburg for Game 3 and then have a doubleheader on Monday if necessary. But that doesn't seem likely.

"It's unfortunate that the flooding situation happened there," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post. "I just saw a picture of the stadium. It's certainly unplayable. It looks like it's going to be unplayable for a long, long time."

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 7:15 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:28 am
 

Minor league stadium under water

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Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 6:27 pm
 

I live in harrisburg

Hey this is a earlier pic. You should have seen it today!! if you are in harrisburg and walk near the river it is a 1000K fine. Luckily my house isnt in a flood plane so i didnt get evacuated. They had to move the playoff contest game 1 and 2 to richmond.  Alabamas football team got stuck in Harrisburg at the hilton because there was no way to get to state college. It isnt gonna stop rising till sometime tonight!  Its just crazy! harrisburg has got hit by a tornado, hurricane, and earthquake in one summer!!  Wish us luck!!!



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

This is one of the craziest pictures I have ever seen.  I wonder if they'll play there again.  It's a shame looks like it fairly new.



Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

This is practically a brand new stadium.  It was completely renovated over the past two off-seasons.  I hope the city had flood insurance on the property or the taxpayers of Harrisburg will rebel.



Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

Hey BigDon - floods like this happen all the time with heavy rain in places that were built prior to strict floodplain rules.  It's not photoshop, and it's why I have a job Smile



Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

unbelieveable pic!



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:01 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

FYI - if they had built the baseball stadium within the levee like the football field to the right side of pic, then this would no thave happened. Must have been a democrat who designed it.   Tongue out



Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

Photoshop.  I dont believe this.


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