The Rockford Files

The End of the Innocence

This town ain’t big

This town ain’t small.

It’s a little of both they say.

And our ball club may be minor league

But at least it’s Triple A. . . .

We don’t worry ’bout the pennant much

We just like to see the boys hit it deep

There’s nothing like the view

From the cheap seats.

        —Alabama, “The Cheap Seats”

Opening Day in Rockford, and my children, wide-eyed with excitement, are dragging me through the gate to the last season opener for the Rockford RiverHawks at Marinelli Field, and, in all likelihood, the last season opener for Marinelli Field itself.  Next spring, the River--Hawks will move to a new stadium currently being constructed on the northeast side of town, out by the tollway—in Loves Park.

In many ways, the two stadiums could not be farther apart, but the presence of the River-Hawks—who belong to the far-from-Triple A independent Frontier League—several...

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