What we miss without Double-A basebll
A couple of weeks ago, the New York Mets were playing the Phillies in Philadelphia.
The discussion among Sports Channel New York broadcasters Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez was how things had changed in the draft regarding college pitchers. Once, major league teams wanted high school pitchers, now the trend was more toward college.
Then Darling told the story about his first start in the minor leagues as a college pitcher turning pro. His first start was in Shreveport. And he said when he first got to the visiting clubhouse all of his equipment was on a table in the middle of the clubhouse.
Darling's Shreveport story prompted Hernandez to ask a question, "Did you ever go to Bossier City?''
Darling's answer was no that Bossier City was off-limits at the time. Both players recalled Bossier City's wild reputation of that bygone era.
The point is this: On a Sunday, fans of the New York Mets in New York and around the world, heard discussion of Shreveport and Bossier City and bygone days. That won't happen without affiliated baseball.
We miss more than you might think.