Hoping baseball has a future in Batavia

Mark Gutman/Daily NewsMuckdogs first baseman Sean Reynolds gets the out on Auburn’s Jose Sanchez in a game at Dwyer Stadium.

The crack of the wooden bat; the whoops of the frenzied fans; the chatter of the players and coaches; the sweet sound – thwap – of a baseball slapping into a mitt. The sun is slowly setting over the left-field “wall” at Dwyer Stadium, and the Batavia Muckdogs are on the field for a home-game.

Wishful thinking on this warm June evening in 2020? You got it!

But it is at just about this date in late June, and for as long as I can remember, that the Muckdogs began their seasons. Maybe not this year, though, due to the pandemic. Maybe not again, either, due to the organizational changes coming to Major League Baseball, irrespective of the pandemic.

But we have the capacity to remember, to recall the enjoyment of past seasons. We have the capacity to imagine, too, a future with games again at Dwyer Stadium. We have the capacity to hope, also, that that sun setting over the outfield is merely a short interlude, a pause, before it rises again over fans, players, and Batavia itself, marking the dawn of a new future for us all in hometown professional baseball!

Donald Weyer

Batavia

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