Officials in Holyoke, Mass. seem to have been in talks with Mandalay Baseball Properties to move the team currently located in Erie, PA to Mass. This is honestly no shock to me. The only time that attendance numbers seem respectable are when it’s Buck night. For a city hosting a team in second place no one seems to care unless they can get a dog and a beer for $1. The Uht (nice name eh), where the Seawolves play, is a decent minor league park but it was built in a time when Erie was faced with a “build or lose the team” situation. Not enough was done to plan around the stadium. It’s great to have a park but it’s lacking in entertainment value for the surrounding area. There’s nothing else to draw. Added to that is the severely outdated scoreboard, lack of a decent souvenir area beyond a few tables and mascot that looks like a dog on crack rock. As usual the residence blame weather and scheduling which is a crock of shit. It’s ALWAYS been this way. It snows till friggin May. Erie just isn’t ideal for a typical AA atmosphere. Single A or Federal League (which doesn’t stat till late May) is all I can see surviving. The main issue with Erie when it comes to building an attraction it’s either 1/2 assed done or once it’s built no one wants to worry about upgrades because it will cost money.
Stoosh and I discuss in great detail every week about how we would improve certain aspects of Erie and have drawn up a few different plans. Not that it will do alot of help from Pittsburgh but we grew up in Erie. We know what it’s like and after living in Pittsburgh for 7 years we can see what’s been done and is done wrong. Moving away and looking back has been a real eye opener. Problem is that Erie is stuck in time. Everyone feels justified bitching but no one wants the responsibility to to take a step to help improve. Afraid of change and afraid to spend the money. That is why progress dies… but hey, you can always get Nick Scott to build another figgin hotel.