Then & now: PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.

Once upon a time, there was a ballpark in Moosic, Pa. called Lackawanna County Stadium that was home to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

I remember when it looked kind of like this:

Lackawanna County Stadium postcard from my collection

Lackawanna County Stadium postcard from my collection

I think these postcards are from the early to mid-1990s, but they aren’t dated.

I haven’t been to the ballpark since 2006, the last year that the Red Barons existed as the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. My dad and I went for the opening day / Easter weekend series between the Red Barons and the Norfolk Tides. We used to try to get to a game between the two teams during the summers when I was out of school, but the last time I remember doing that was right around the time Bobby Valentine got the call to replace Dallas Green as the manager of the New York Mets.

Since 2007, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team has been affiliated with the New York Yankees. This year, they played without a home ballpark as major renovations were being made at PNC Field. Saturday, my friend Fred sent me this photo of the worksite.

PNC Field under construction (Photo credit: Fred S.)

 

If I get back there in 2013, I know I wouldn’t ┬árecognize a thing besides the view beyond the outfield wall.

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NY Mets enthusiast, toy collector, amateur gardener, Christian. I like to take pictures & write things.

Posted on October 7, 2012, in Baseball and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Now the challenge is to get the fans inside of the ballpark. I’m curious to see what the team will be called in 2013.

    The new management team has their hands full. I don’t see them being any worse than the old one- where it was a cardinal sin to sit under cover with 500 preople in the place to get out of the rain. Smart move- harassing the handful of people who did show up.

    All the previous regime did was make excuses- economy, weather, etc. They hid like cowards when they were called out about capacity crowds in Allentown and Reading. Last time I checked the economy took a hit nationwide- not just in Northeast PA.

    There better be an improved ballpark experience in the future- or baseball in SWB will be the AAA equivalent of the Florida Marlins- brand new ballpark and no fans in it.

    The fans in the SWB area only have to drive an hour south Allentown to go to the Babe Ruth and crown jewel of minor league ballparks. If I lived two hours closer, I’d go more often.

    I’m open to giving the new regime the benefit of the doubt- I met the new GM at the stadium seat sale- he seemed cool. He’s got a lot of work to do. We’ll see how the single game ticket holder gets treated next year.

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  2. Even before the widespread economic problems, single-game ticket buyers seemed to be an afterthought. In 2006, we had to watch from the upper deck even though the lower one was maybe half-full. Now maybe on non-holiday weekends, the Red Barons really did have season ticket holders that showed up to sit in those seats… but it didn’t make a great impression.

    We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

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  3. I went to a few Red Barons games in the early 1990’s, and I thought the ballpark was a nice one… but that was 20 years ago. I loved the view over the outfield fence and the Red Barons uniforms.

    I was very pleased to see that they’re going away from the Yankees name and those tremendously boring unis. I thought it was a bad idea to use a polarizing name like “Yankees” in an area that, while I’m sure had plenty of Yankees fans, isn’t Yankees country. Same goes with the Staten Island Yankees… would they draw in more fans if they were the Staten Island Ferries? The Brooklyn Cyclones consistently outdraw the SI Yankees by a large margin, and I’m sure the same is true for merchandise sales.

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    • I’m curious about which new nickname will be chosen for the SWB Yankees. I hope that they do something fun with it.

      I think the Cyclones outdraw the S.I. Yankees because they do a better job of catering to the “family entertainment” crowd. They have a giveaway every night, lots of stuff going on between innings, decent food and the Coney Island experience for anyone who wants to make a day of it.

      The S.I. Yankees offer a more typical minor league experience, only with not-so-great food and a more limited gift shop than most minor league teams I’ve visited. Funny thing is, I actually enjoyed going there more this year than going to Brooklyn, because there was less to distract from the baseball game.

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  4. DON’T BUY FOOD AT A SI YANKS GAME. YOUR HEALTH IS AT RISK

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