Saturday, June 22, 2013

Welcome Hillsboro Hops!

The Hillsboro Hops opening home-stand was last week.  We missed out on tickets for opening night, but Chick, Brian and I went to check out the new team last Tuesday.

 Picnic benches along 3rd base line.  A great place to grab a burger and a beer!

It wasn't the best night for with spotty showers, but the sun peaked out a few times and the new stadium is really cool.  It brought back a lot of old memories of my summers in Eugene at Civic Stadium.

 First Pitch - view from our seats!

The new Hops are a Class A Short Season team in the Northwest League and have been a farm team of the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2001 (when the franchise was known as the Yakima Bears).

 The "new" Boys of Summer signing autographs for new fans

After a proposal to move the team to Vancouver, WA fell through, the team received an offer from the city of Hillsboro and in June 2012, plans to move the team and build a ballpark took shape.

If you live in the area, don't miss out on the chance to see the team. We are all so happy that we have baseball back in Portland!