The Northwest League opens in one month from today. I have no doubt where I will be on that evening. I will be at Volcanoes Stadium watching the Hillsboro Hops play their first official game.
I know that for most baseball fans this game will fly completely under the radar and probably won’t even be something they care about but it is an important game in my opinion. The Portland area gets a team back in the region and hopefully can begin to show the world that Portland can be a baseball city.
As I mentioned a few months ago in my article Is Portland a Baseball City I don’t think Portland is a baseball city right now, and doesn’t really have to be in order to successfully have a baseball organization.
I wish the Hops the best of luck this season and I truly hope that the city of Portland embraces the team and begins the move towards bringing back a Triple-A team and maybe even someday a Major League team.
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