There are a lot of great things about Wyoming. This place has beautiful landscapes, wildlife galore, wide open spaces, friendly people and communities that know how to make you feel right at home.
But, I’m not going to lie, there is one thing I really wish Wyoming had that it likely never will — a professional baseball team.
I’m not saying if that magically happened I’d stop rooting for the Chicago Cubs, but at least I could attend a game.
When I was in school just north of Chicago, I used to take the train into the city and go to Cubs games all the time. If you waited until the third inning, scalpers would hand over tickets for about $5.
I love the game. I’ve played softball for as long as I can remember. I used to call any of my injuries “battle scars,” and every spring I still watch the NCAA Women’s College World Series on ESPN. I watch professional baseball, too, whenever I can.
It is hard not to be romantic about baseball — a sport in which everything can change because of a rock on the field, a gust of wind or that perfect pitch sliding out of the hurler’s hand.
My love for the game is part of why I’m so excited for an upcoming vacation.
We’re heading to Minnesota to attend a wedding. The wedding is in Red Wing, Minn., but there isn’t a whole lot to do there and we’re going a couple days early.
So, my parents (who I only see two to three times each year because they live so far away), will be meeting us in St. Paul, Minn., to spend two nights enjoying a little quality time.
Part of that time, mainly what I hope will be a fantastic Thursday afternoon, will be spent at the ballpark.
We’re planning to attend the Twins game when they play the Athletics. Not my idea of a barn burner, but it is a professional baseball game nonetheless.
And while I’ve never been to Target Field (the home of the Twins), I doubt the field will compare to Wrigley.
All of that is OK though.
As long as there is sunshine, ballpark fun and family, I’ll be happy.
Kristen Czaban is the managing editor at The Sheridan Press.