It’s a new everything down at the ballpark this year. From the park name to the colors to the team providing the players, the Buffalo Bisons have had one of the most interesting offseasons in recent history.
Today at 3:05 they kick off the 124th season of baseball in Buffalo with a match up with the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Bisons will take to the field wearing the colors of the New York Mets, who signed a two-year development deal this winter after their contract with the Cleveland Indians expired. That means a new logo, new uniforms, and new players for the AAA club.
Also expiring this winter were the naming rights to the Bisons’ home, Dunn Tire Park. If you’ve been downtown over the past week you’ve already seen the signs; and the newly named Coca Cola Field will remain the Bisons’ home for the 2009 season.
This spring we’ve heard nothing but good things from the Bisons and Mets about their relationship. Cleveland obviously wanted a change, and building a new ballpark in Columbus sealed the deal for them to make the switch.
That left the Bisons free, and the Mets just happened to be free as well. The deal makes sense, and both sides seem to expect a longer relationship then the one they had decades ago. The Mets needed an overhaul in more ways than one this winter, and hopefully they will be committed to putting big name prospects on the farm for years to come.
If this post isn’t giving you the right impression, we’re going to be covering baseball a lot more over the summer. With the Sabres giving us another long off season, we thought it would be a good idea to embrace some other sports while still devoting ourselves breathlessly to hockey and the NHL playoffs.
That said, I will also be covering some Bisons games for WNYMedia.net and their new sports page. That doesn’t mean I’m never paying to see a Bisons game again, but it’s another opportunity to see what its like to watch from the press box.
I haven’t decided what sort of content will become of those games, but expect at least a few posts late tonight. How could I pass up the PawSox on opening day, right?