Diamonds and Ice


If you’ve never been to Burlington’s Community Field
September 7, 2008, 7:09 pm
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It’s a trip back to the old days of minor league baseball. The park is quaint, with primarily bleacher seating, with the exception of four rows of box seats that go from dugout to dugout. The light standards are of the old-school oil-well variety. There is a cover over only a portion of the grandstand directly behind home plate. That was part of Burlington’s stadium improvement project of a couple years ago, funded mostly through the state of Iowa’s CAT fund.

A few fans made the trip down to Burlington for Game 2 of the Midwest League Western Division championship series. Most of them are Kernels front-office employees and their families, plus a couple of player host families. I’m struck by the lack of board of directors in attendance. They are the men and women who own the Kernels. At first glance, I see board president Tom Barbee and former president Wally Krouse.

Yes, it’s a Sunday afternoon (and the first NFL Sunday of the season), but you’d expect a few more BOD members to take the time to make the hour-and-a-half car ride to watch their team in the Midwest League playoffs.

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Burlington is one of the best places in America to watch a minor league baseball game.

Comment by bbguy

You’d think there’d be more board members making that trip since they want to run the team like it is still 197. You’d think they’d feel right at home in a relic like Community Field.

Comment by Holy Toledo

Most would either nod off on the way down, or be so exhausted from the trip that the game would be a pleasant dream.

Comment by Al Gruwell




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