Always on the road: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees will play home games in 6 different stadiums

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Along the first-base line, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees warmed up in their home white uniforms with the iconic Yankee blue pinstripes. On the other side of the field, the Syracuse Chiefs donned their road grays.On the outfield wall in left-centerfield, though, a sign declares Alliance Bank Stadium the Triple-A home of the Washington Nationals. When lineups were announced, the public address announcer read the Yankees’ lineup first and then emphatically listed off the Chiefs’ starters to applause from the crowd.This is the bizarre situation the SWB Yankees find themselves in for the 2012 season. As their home stadium in Moosic, Pa., PNC Field, undergoes a $40 million renovation, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees is roaming around upstate New York to play home games in six different stadiums. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will play ‘home’ games in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Batavia, in addition to Allentown, Pa., and Pawtucket, R.I. The Yankees played their ‘home opener’ Saturday in Syracuse, winning 6-3.Aside from taking the field first and wearing their home uniforms, nothing had the feeling of being in their own ballpark.‘The only thing that felt like a home game was that we had white pants on. That’s it,’ Yankees manager Dave Miley said. ‘And we got to hit last.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough SWB adopted the moniker the ‘Empire State Yankees’ as an unofficial name to try and localize the team to the upstate New York region, the fans in Alliance Bank Stadium were there to support their hometown Chiefs.When the Yankees jogged out of their dugout to take the field, only one fan clapped from the stands behind first base. Yankees starter Adam Warren retired to the side in the first inning and walked off the mound to virtual silence.One week ago, Warren pitched on the same mount as the visiting starter.Warren said the start Saturday felt nothing like the team’s home opener. His white uniform and taking the field first didn’t shake the feeling of being on the road.‘To me, it felt like just another start. I didn’t really think too much about it,’ Warren said. ‘For me, I’ve already pitched here before, so it didn’t really feel any different for me than the last start.’The Chiefs, on the other hand, welcomed the opportunity to play a road game in their home ballpark, in front of their own fans.Mark Teahen, who spent six full seasons in the major leagues with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays before this season, said he didn’t mind having to be the road team but admitted it felt out of the ordinary.‘A little strange,’ Teahen said. ‘I’d prefer to play all our road games at home, so it’s nice to still be in front of our fans here.’The Yankees won’t have that luxury until opening day of 2013, and even that target date is uncertain right now. The renovation would have to go almost exactly as planned for the stadium to be ready in time.PNC Field, which opened in 1989, was in desperate need of a renovation. The Yankees drew less than 5,000 fans per game, had the second-worst attendance in the International League and the fourth-worst for all Triple-A teams last season.As the Triple-A affiliate of a major league team that draws more than four million fans each season, the lack of attendance for Scranton was startling.The architect for the new stadium is EwingCole, the firm that designed the Philadelphia Phillies’ stadium, Citizens Bank Park, and Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., the home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate.Mike Vander Woude, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s director of broadcasting and media relations, said the new stadium will be a much more appealing place to watch a game for fans.‘If it’s going to be anything like those two stadiums, then yeah, you’re going to have no complaints,’ Vander Woude said. ‘When we go down to Lehigh Valley, it’s one of the best stadiums in the league to go to. Roomy concourses, 360 degrees, wrap around the whole ballpark and a lot of fan amenities that you’re not going to have at any stadium that’s 24, 25 years old like our stadium is.’But to play for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while those changes take place is a challenge.DeWayne Wise is a 34-year-old outfielder who spent nine seasons playing in the major leagues. As a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2009, Wise drew fame when he made a leaping catch up against the U.S. Cellular outfield wall to preserve Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.Now he’s one of the oldest players on his Triple-A team and trying to make it back to the major leagues.Wise said the constant travel is toughest on players who have families because they’re flying them to road cities all season. Instead of having to live out of a suitcase for short spurts of time, as they do during every other season, Wise and his teammates will do so for the entire six-month season.‘I think pretty much everybody is just going to be hopping from hotel to hotel, suitcase to suitcase all year,’ Wise said. ‘It’s going to be frustrating. The guys that have families, that are married, kids, it’s going to be like flying your wives and kids to the road cities all year.’Ramiro Pena, the Yankees’ shortstop, has spent considerable time in the major leagues as a utility infielder for the New York Yankees. Standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse Saturday, Pena said the situation was ‘OK’ several times and that the players were adjusting.Still, this much travel is an anomaly.‘It’s tough. It’s tough to get used to. It’s tough everywhere you play,’ Pena said. ‘But like I said, we’re trying to deal with this.’The players said knowing two months in advance of the season what the situation would be helped them prepare for the unorthodox home schedule. Wise said winning can help make this strange season a little easier.The Yankees started out the season 1-5, and Wise told his teammates they better start winning games or else it’s going to be a ‘long year.’They’re still playing baseball, but for this season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are a team without a home.‘You know coming into the season what it’s going to be like,’ Wise said, ‘and we’re just trying to stay positive, stay focused, and go out and play.’cjiseman@syr.educenter_img Published on April 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Women’s water polo finds success but cannot close

first_imgDespite winning each of their first 10 matches, USC women’s water polo lost for the first time this season. Falling 9-3 to No. 1 Stanford in the championship match of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, the Women of Troy found a disappointing end to what was an otherwise strong showing for the squad.Sophomore driver Kelsey McIntosh has scored 14 goals in the 2018 season, the third most on the Trojans’ squad. Daily Trojan file photo.“By the end, recovery played a huge role,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “We were definitely worn out.”To start out the tournament, action was business as usual for USC. After dismantling No. 18 San Jose State by a 17-1 margin on Friday, the Trojans were off and running. Against the Spartans, nine different players found the back of the net, six managed to score twice, and two (drivers freshman Paige Hauschild and sophomore Denise Mammolito) notched hat tricks. As a team, USC opened up the match with a massive 16-0 run only conceding a late goal in the final seven minutes of play.On Saturday, USC faced a tough pair of opponents standing between them and a shot at winning a third consecutive Barbara Kalbus title. In the first match of the day, the Trojans took down No. 6 Arizona State 8-6 in a hard fought, back-and-forth affair. Taking a 5-5 tie into the fourth period, USC stepped up when it mattered most, striking three more times to secure the victory before the Sun Devils could find any footing. Senior utility player Annika Jensen became the third Trojan to pick up a hat trick over the course of two games while Hauschild netted her fourth and fifth goals of the tournament.Moving on to the semi-finals, No. 2 Cal. represented the toughest test the Women of Troy had faced thus far in the 2018 season. Early in the match, the Golden Bears were proving just why they are such a difficult squad to overcome. California came out firing, pinning down USC 3-1 within the first few minutes of the game. The Trojan defense tightened up in the second period and by halftime, the score was knotted up 3-3.Continuing momentum off a strong end to the half, junior goaltender Amanda Longan dominated the final half of play. In a career-best performance of 18 saves, Longan repelled shot after shot from the dangerous Cal team. Her performance completely shut down Cal for yet another period in the third, allowing USC to take a 5-3 lead into the fourth off goals from senior drivers Brianna Daboub and Jensen. Despite conceding their 2-goal lead, USC found a late spark as Jensen completed her second consecutive hat trick with a clutch score that came with just 18 seconds left in regulation time. “[Jensen] stepped up and that’s what you do as a senior,” Vavic said. “I’m excited to see what she can do.”All that remained for USC to secure a third-straight title was a championship match against No. 1 Stanford. As it turned out, the Trojans’ long stretch of success would finally come to an end. After turning in a number of dominant offensive performances throughout the early season and the first few matches of the tournament, the goal scoring faltered Sunday against Stanford as the Women of Troy fell 9-3 to the Cardinal.Despite failures to convert on key chances early in the match, USC was down only 3-2 in the second period. At this point, the floodgates opened and Stanford managed to score four consecutive goals until a last-minute score from Trojan freshman driver Verica Bakoc closed the Trojans’ deficit to 7-3 heading into the half. While this margin is certainly within striking range, USC was unable to close the gap as the Cardinal completely shut down the Trojans’ attack for the remainder of the game to take home the title.Looking ahead, the squad will have a few weeks off before taking on No. 7 UC Irvine on March 7.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Bunker

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Bunker! He is a 3-year-old, 58-pound cute and sweet guy who is looking for a forever home with a fenced yard and humans who will take great care of him. Bunker’s mamma was a white German Shepherd and my papa was a red-nosed Pit Bull. He is well-qualified to be your good companion, and excellent family dog because he loves people, older dogs, nice cats, and toys. His pink nose and pearly toenails give him a polished gentlemanly appearance, which is a bonus, because he is ready to go at a moment’s notice. If you have a fenced yard and can feed him a nice chicken-free diet, then he would like to apply for the position of your loyal, goofy, and playful best friend.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Bunker in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

What could have been: Rakheem Cornwall attracted NFL offers before cricket came to his…

first_imgAdvertisement 5az2tpNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsfxf17Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh9ccpu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3n6Would you ever consider trying this?😱mopbyCan your students do this? 🌚l89qRoller skating! Powered by Firework West Indies all-rounder Rakheem Cornwall was reportedly eyed by the runner ups of the 2020 Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers. The franchise were impressed with the  6′ 6″ physical stature of the Caribbean born which was deemed as a curse heading into his cricketing career. Advertisement Just three months before his test debut against India, interest for the all-rounder spiked. Despite having no experience playing American football, the NFL franchise were prodded to give Cornwall a chance by their manager.Advertisement Their pursual was dead and buried after the Super Bowl runner-ups had already signed a 24-year-old player with similar physical attributes. As a result, the 49ers let go without even offering Cornwall a trial.Cornwall ultimately received the reward for his consistent hard work at the first-class level with a call-up to the first team. Cricket ultimately made the rescue after realizing it could have lost a potential gem to American football.Advertisement In his short career so far, while he is yet to talk with the bat, he has certainly made the ball do all sorts of things with his off-spin. The slow pacing in the run-up, the flight, turn and bounce is a sight to behold in the art of off-spin which is getting warmed up for its renaissance.During a talk with Cricbuzz, the all-rounder revealed how he deals with the hype around him. He said:“It don’t really matter to me. I just put it behind me and go forward. At the end of the day, I still have to go out there and perform. I can’t be burdened down with what people say. If I don’t perform, I will still get bashed,”After spending his childhood watching cricket more than playing it, it is a habit that has embedded in his system now.“Yeah I love cricket. I will watch any kind of cricket from under-15 to anything. I will at least watch them for 5-10 minutes and only then move on,” “I always want to be a respectable person in the community. People look at me as a role model, so I just have to make sure I stay disciplined. I know how to deal with the attention because I’m used to it,”If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:James Anderson claims no-saliva rule needs to be managed in order to not favour batsmen too much Advertisementlast_img read more