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Opinion: If done right, Hartford minor league baseball could be more than worth it

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

New Britain baseball is ending the way it started, by moving about 10 miles down the road. In 1983, the Bristol Red Sox moved to New Britain; in 2016, the New Britain Rock Cats will likely be Hartford-bound.

Will it be worth it? That’s a surprisingly hard question to answer.

I was maybe eight when my dad took me to a baseball game for the first time. I remember the crunch of gravel outside New Britain’s Beehive Field, the uncomfortable metal stands, and the greenness of the field. It was thrilling. One time a player broke his bat; someone from the team came into the stands to give it to me. I still have it, nearly 30 years later.

By 1994, pricey new stadiums were being built all over, and Beehive Field seemed like a worn-out relic. The Britsox announced they’d be moving to Springfield by 1996. Some friends and I went to a game in 1994, and I remember two girls trooping dejectedly by with a hand-painted sign saying: “STAY TEAM STAY.” But this was New Britain; good things just didn’t happen here. We knew it was the end.

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