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Hot Rods roster change

April 17, 2009

T-minus 4 1/2 hours to first pitch, and the Bowling Green Hot Rods have announced their first roster change of the young season. It’s the first of what figures to be many of these as the long season wears on.

Right-handed pitcher Joseph Cruz has been placed on the inactive list, according to the team, while outfielder Justin Reynolds has been activated.

Cruz, of Monterey Park, Calif., appeared in one game for Bowling Green this season, starting on April 13 at West Virginia. Cruz threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits while striking out six and walking one. He finished with a no-decision in Bowling Green’s 7-4 victory.

Reynolds, 22, is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound outfielder from Independence, Ore. He batted .271 last season with Hudson Valley (N.Y.) in Short-Season A ball, hitting two home runs and driving in 25 runs.

We’ll check in throughout the rest of the day. And remember to follow Daily News reporters Micheal Compton and Nick Baumgardner on Twitter tonight. They’ll be issuing updates about the game and about the scene from about 4 p.m. through the final out.

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It’s game day

April 17, 2009

As of 10:45 a.m., it’s somewhat hard to imagine there’s going to be a baseball game over at the Bowling Green Ballpark in about eight hours, much less that gates will open at 5 p.m. to season-ticket holders (5:30 p.m. to the general public).

The ballpark very much remains a construction site, with equipment and hard-hatted workers and temporary fencing scattered all around. I don’t know how much of that will be cleared out or tucked away by the time fans arrive – there’s plenty of work left to do in parts of the complex, so fans probably shouldn’t expect a pristine vista as they walk in tonight.

That said, the exterior disarray doesn’t match the interior. I can tell you the inside of the park is perfectly suitable for a game. In fact, when I drove by the park about 9:30 p.m. last night, there was an almost mystical pinkish glow rising from the bowl – the huge scoreboard and the outfield video boards were lit, throwing light of all colors across the field. 

It’ll be a neat atmosphere tonight, especially since it’ll be the only time it’ll feel this way. There may very well be big crowds the rest of the summer, but they probably won’t match tonight’s. And the anticipation makes the evening feel really significant. There’s a lot of media attention – I believe local radio and perhaps television will be broadcasting from the stadium at various times today – and there’s still a sense that the public is trying to wrap its collective head around this whole endeavor. Tonight, it should all become clear.

We’ll check in throughout the rest of the day. And remember to follow Daily News reporters Micheal Compton and Nick Baumgardner on Twitter tonight. They’ll be issuing updates about the game and about the scene from about 4 p.m. through the final out.

Welcome back

April 16, 2009

Well, we’re back. After months of allowing the Daily News’ sports blog to lanquish unattended, the staff is resurrecting this site – hopefully with increased energy and commitment.

A couple primary reasons for the rebirth:

1) We will be blogging all day Friday about the goings-on at the new Bowling Green Ballpark, where the Bowling Green Hot Rods will open their inaugural home schedule at 7:05 p.m. The Daily News building is within throwing distance of the park, and therefore smack in the middle of all the action, especially as the expected sellout crowd tries to figure out where to park the thousands of cars that will be flooding the downtown area. We’ll try to keep you updated on the preparations at the park and about the parking outlook, particularly in the late afternoon as fans start to arrive. Once the game begins, reporters Micheal Compton and Nick Baumgardner will Twitter about the scene from the press box, all the way through the final out. (For future reference, both Micheal and Nick will use their Twitter accounts to offer updates on other local sports topics, so start following them now).

2) Followers of Western Kentucky men’s basketball know the past few days have been wild, with news about incoming recruits occurring daily – or even hourly, in the case of New Jersey-based forward David Laury (who eventually signed with WKU on Wednesday after saying he would choose Morehead State instead). Instead of posting constant “Breaking News” updates on the Daily News’ Web page, we’ll start to provide recruiting updates here.