No, really… the new Double-A Eastern League club in Richmond will be called the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The announcement came this afternoon.
I’ll say it again – it’s most likely a one-season name. There are too many advantages to the Nationals moving their double-A farmhands to Richmond for it not to happen in 2011, the first opportunity to do so, at which point we’ll be cheering for the Richmond Nationals. The Flying Squirrels are the double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
And the other good news – the EL showed signs of intelligence and scheduled the Flying Squirrels for home games on Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4. Both games are at 6:35pm. You know what that means, don’t you? Diamond Fireworks are BACK in 2010. And earlier in the evening, with the 6:35pm starts (the Braves started their games at 7:05pm).
Opening day at the Diamond is Thursday, April 15 at 7:05pm against Reading, who’ll be in three times for 10 games this season. Richmond plays Bowie the most, as the Baysox come in for 4 visits (15 games). The Nationals’ current farm club, the Harrisburg Senators, come in just once (June 1-3).
The Flying Squirrels will be on the road for Memorial Day, but will close with what had become the traditional Labor Day matinee (Sept. 6 at 12:05pm).
Home games will be, generally, at 7:05pm weeknights, 6:35pm Saturdays, 2:05pm Sundays in April and May, 5:05pm Sundays through the summer. Kid-friendly exceptions include two days that will likely be called Educational Days, on May 6 and 20 at 10:35am (the idea is that schools will send busloads of deserving kids over to the games), and one game which may be billed as a Day Camp Game on July 21 (12:05pm).
Now then, seeing as Allan Harvie told a friend of mine (during a chance encounter at a Norfolk Admirals game) that there “will be” hockey in Richmond in the fall of 2010, Richmond’s sports landscape is coming back together. Let’s hope our alleged civic leadership doesn’t screw it up. 🙂