SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Blue Wahoos worth cheering about

Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 15:49 PM.

But we don't always get what we hope for in life.

I also thought about how my dad would have enjoyed the game with me, as would my granddaddy, Dad's dad. Granddaddy, who died at age 79 in 1972, instilled a love for baseball in me that remains strong to this day.

And I've shared most of my favorite baseball moments with my dad. We were even present at Tim McCarver Stadium in Memphis, Tenn., when Bo Jackson picked up his first extra-base hit as a professional baseball player.

Dad, whose health has improved in recent weeks, and Granddaddy were with me in spirit Wednesday night. Even without the former Bulldogs on hand, my first time at Bayfront Stadium was a great experience.

It's easy to understand why Baseballparks.com named Bayfront Stadium the 2012 Ballpark of the Year.

The park sits on Pensacola Bay, so long homeruns over the left-field wall could find the water.

The shiny new stadium has no covered seats, which on a rainy or hot day might present some problems. At least you don't have to worry about missing a thing as you stand in line for a hotdog or soft drink; concession stands are within the field’s sight distance.



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