The Best Thing To Happen To Napa Wine Country In Ages
Yes, professional baseball. And it’s awesome.
Beginning on May 31 the Napa Silverados will embark upon their first season as a member of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. It’s an independent league, with teams in the surrounding area unassociated with Major League teams. The Silverados will be playing teams from Martinez, Pittsburg, San Rafael, Sonoma and Vallejo. The newly minted baseball club will take the field 40 times at the Napa College Baseball Fields.
Who are the players? They are the never-say-die lovers of the game. Some were drafted by pro teams but released. Some were never drafted at all. Some hail from around the globe. And, they include women. Last year, the Sonoma Stompers of the same leaugue were the first professional baseball team to include a starting female battery.
The Silverados’ games at Napa College won’t be like those you watch at big league parks. Those are spectacles where the best players in the world put on their show. These games will appeal to those who so love the game of baseball they are will to sit, watch and root for a collection of ballplayers who may not be the best in the world, but certainly are among the those who love the game the most. The members of the Silverados are not involved in a career move. They are involved in a lifestyle decision. And it’s beautiful.
The City of Napa needs this sort of thing. Yes, we have the restaurants. We have the newly vibrant downtown with its Oxbow Market and walkable streets. We even have some damn fine music venues. But now we have baseball!
Oh, and wineries….there are lots of opportunities for sponsorship.
Are we not excited??