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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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Comments

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

I remember seeing this same sort of thing happend to the Crosley Field in Cincinnati



Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Minor league stadium under water

A couple of bags of Diamond Dry should do the trick



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:23 am
 

Minor league stadium under water

unreal site 



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:56 am
 

Minor league stadium under water

Wow, what a photo.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:43 am
 

Minor league stadium under water

The Keys are hosting playoff games of their own right now. Currently up 1 game to none on Potamac...who just so happens to be the Nationals single-A team. 



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:18 am
 

Minor league stadium under water

I agree with birds fan about the home games. It makes sense to atleast try to give the local fans a fair shot at watching their team play and playing all your games at the other teams field just doesn't seem fair to me. But then again, who am I? LOL!!! Good Luck Harrisburg....



Since: Sep 9, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 8:27 am
 

Minor league stadium under water

Why not ask the Frederick Keys if they can lend their statium to Harrisburg for the "home" playoff games? It's only an hour south of Harrisburg and much closer for the Senator fans to come to the game than going another 2 hours south to Richmond? Heck, have the game at Camden Yard. The O's are in Toronto all weekend...




Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2011 3:13 am
 

Minor league stadium under water

aw come on, they can play in that!  having carp swim the by the outfielders is no different than a pigeon flying through or a squirrel running down the 3rd base line!  :)


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