By: David Lamm
You probably know how much I love baseball. What you may not know is I attended hundreds of Suns/Jumbo Shrimp games over the years as a fan.
Unfortunately, back and mobility issues have kept me away from the park in recent years. I can’t tell you how much I miss not only the games, but the sounds and smells of the park. Ahhh … I can taste the joy of a sausage dog with grilled onions and peppers, followed by a bag of caramel corn …,mmmmmm, a bit of heaven on earth … so good.
I still follow the team, focusing on the players I think will one day make the big leagues. In recent years, we’ve seen MLB stars Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna wear a Jacksonville uniform on their journey to the bigs.
We may never see those days again. An article in the current issue of Sports Illustrated details how the current shutdown may kill minor league baseball. MLB already was planning to cut 42 farm teams, and most of the others can’t survive a year of lost revenue.
Say it ain’t so, Joe.