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Mar. 26, 2008 at 12:04pm

Showing some Rainiers Love

Why we should go local for baseball

Todd over at the Tacoma Daily Index has a great interview coming out tomorrow with local baseball fan and FeedTacoma contributing blogger Justin Carleton. He's the man behind No Rhubarb! -- a blog covering all things Tacoma Rainiers. Justin certainly knows his stuff and has a real passion for our local minor league team. It's inspiring to read his opinion about what he'd like to see the owners do with the team:

...my best-case scenario would be to tear down Cheney Stadium, not rebuild on that site, and find a place where they could go back downtown or back down to the Hilltop. Be closer to where people are. Baseball is meant to be downtown. For all of baseball's romanticizing itself as the sport being born on the plains -- this 'Field of Dreams' kind of stuff -- baseball was built in downtown New York. It was built in Manhattan. It moved out of Manhattan when it moved to Queens.

I'll second that. Link to the Daily Index and to a PDF of the article (1mb)

comments [9]  |  posted under baseball, rainiers, tacoma

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by cassioposa on 3/26/2008 @ 1:12pm
Great article on Justin! I, for one, am proud to say I hang with this sports aficionado from time to time. And he's quickly turning me into an enthusiastic local sports fan.

by thriceallamerican on 3/26/2008 @ 2:00pm
Peck Field, the old stadium site on 15th, could easily accommodate a new field. Granted, their might be some parking issues, but...

I'm actually thinking there could be a cool spot on the tideflats–accessible via the newly refurbished Murray Morgan Bridge. Anyone?

by KevinFreitas on 3/26/2008 @ 2:18pm
Used to drive by that ball field everyday to and from work. That would be a neat way to help solidify that area's identity.

I was definitely thinking Tideflats too. Though stability of the soil in an earthquake would be my chief concern. I'm sure that can be mitigated tho -- there's bedrock down there somewhere! Or just float it and ferry people to and from the floating park via the Kalakala.

by intacoma on 3/26/2008 @ 2:21pm
great photo of him

by izenmania on 3/26/2008 @ 2:22pm
I am TOTALLY in favor of a floating baseball field.

by thriceallamerican on 3/26/2008 @ 2:30pm
Can we blow up the Tacoma Dome and rebuild on that site? Can we, can we? Oh wait, that would be too "Seattle"...

by intacoma on 3/26/2008 @ 3:29pm
Thats right thrice, we just let our useless building sit for years and years :(

by thriceallamerican on 3/26/2008 @ 3:32pm
But they're putting in new fancy curtains!

< /sarcasm >

by thriceallamerican on 3/26/2008 @ 4:25pm
Back to "reality" (which coming from me is pretty subjective), I'm looking at where the Supervalu warehouse sits on the east side of the Foss Waterway...looks to be big enough for a stadium plus parking, and the views of downtown from there are KILLER. Maybe add in some foot ferries from the Museum of Glass for easier foot access from downtown?

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