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College baseball good for Torrington.

POSTED February 26, 2011
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON-With word starting to spread that Torrington just may yet have a collegiate team in town for the summer via the newly formed Futures League, I have to admit I like the idea.

It’s an easy fit for me; Torrington and college baseball. Has worked in the past, can easily work again.

All we have to do as a city is think of what benefit’s the big picture of Torrington and how a venture like this could help.

Everybody around here knows the history of the Twisters and the Titans.

Some great years that all had one thing in common; something else that could bring people to our streets and stores.

The Warner Theater does a tremendous job getting people from all over the area to Torrington.

We have the Nutmeg and the Performing Arts studio, all great venues that bring people who also tend to eat, fill up the car with gas or stop in to a florist to get a gift.

Local restaurants love it when an event comes to town.

For a little over two months each summer, collegiate baseball can and has done the same.

For the majority of people, it’s a win-win. For some, it has been a bone of contention for the longest time.

Let me say this first, we have tremendous baseball here in Torrington at every level.

From Little League to the high school, Connie Mack, Legion or Tri-State, we have it all and it’s good quality ball.

But with just one crown jewel of a ballpark, it can get crowded.

Our kids should and do have time to play at Fuessenich Park each spring and summer.

It’s a great venue to take in a game, report on one or to broadcast nine innings on local radio.

I always try to look on the positive side of things, it’s in my nature. My blood type is B-Positive.

When the Minnesota Twins first thought of setting up shop in New Britain, many thought they would run into trouble.

The Rock Cats have been a shining example of how to do a baseball experience.

From the moment you walk in the stadium, it’s all about the entertainment and oh, by the way there’s a baseball game going on.

What I see with the group involved in trying to make this Futures League work is something I had not seen before this.

In their two previous forms, the college based teams that played here where run by folks who had regular jobs and did there best to juggle everything and did a tremendous job.

In this case, Torrington would be getting a group that does one thing; they run baseball teams.

The commissioner of the Futures League does this full time. The owners who are helping get this launched, eat, sleep and breath sports and how to do them better.

Coming to Torrington is also a win for the group; this city has done this before. The host families, the support network and the volunteers are all in place, have been for years.

The fan base? They always show up. Have for more than a decade.

My hope is that a deal gets done. Let’s not be small-minded about this. There is plenty of time on the field for everybody.

Big picture everybody, big picture.

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