2013: Hickory Crawdads

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Folks who’ve visited the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown ought to find this familiar.

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Similar to Kannapolis, this is a ballpark that goes light on the frills, except for one…

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…a roof! Yes, it’s an obsession of mine. Watch a few 95-degree day games and/or congregate with the throngs under some leaky stands and you might understand.

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Another feature that needs to be more common — netting beyond the backstop, especially when the fields are as close to the seats as they are in the minors.

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If you’re thinking it looked wet that night, here was the view from my two-star motel about two hours before gametime.

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