Will we not "Remember the Titans?" Torrington waits on fate of the Titans
TORRINGTON - Will they or won’t they? That’s the question being asked by fans of the Torrington Titans baseball team as it starts to look as if there may not be summer collegiate baseball in the City in 2011.
Their drive to get 350 members to sign up has fallen significantly short as of their deadline of January 7.
According to a statement on the teams website, the lack of members needed to help fund its budget makes going forward unlikely.
Just three years removed from having the Torrington Twisters of the New England Collegiate Baseball League leave town after new owners left after just one year, could the Titans follow a similar model?
The concept, to create the first community based collegiate baseball team, took off after it was announced at Fuessenich Park by Mayor Ryan Bingham in early September of 2009.
Torrington had a college level team back in the city and had a good opening season, qualifying for the playoffs in the ACBL and leading the entire league in attendance.
This year, manager Gregg Hunt, who took over putting the team together after last years general manager Brian Leighton was not brought back, has put together a team he is happy with on paper to date.
Trouble is, nobody knows if their will be a team for these talented players to play on.
Hunt has recruited 19 players so far; he doesn’t want to make 19 phone calls telling the kids their summer plans are off but it may be unavoidable.
Missing from the process this year has been the visible push the partners of Our Baseball Haven put on in Torrington last year.
Did they underestimate how hard it would be to get people to sign up the second time around, in a tough economy, even though most liked the product they saw on the field.
Most of the communication done between OBH and it’s members is via the computer.
Does a good portion of their membership not use one? Has that made it tougher to get in touch with some of the 527 members the team had last year?
Over the past few days, a push has been on in Torrington to see if a private investor or group would be interested in buying the team.
The results of such efforts has not come to light as of yet.
This does kind of feel like a movie this city has seen before. Last minute behind the scenes moves that resulted in Torrington losing a collegiate team.
Understand, Torrington has a tremendous history of supporting their local baseball teams and will continue to do so, with or without the Titans.
It would just be nice to know what’s going on.