Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mississippi forces River Bandits to find new home

The field at Modern Woodman Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits, is still safe. It's just that no one can get to it anymore.

The flooding Mississippi River continues to encroach on the River Bandits ballpark and today it forced Quad Cities to move the remaining three games of its current homestand to different ballparks.

Those interested in the full story will find it here.

For those who want the short version, Quad Cites will play its series against Lansing in three different cities: Cedar Rapids, Clinton and Iowa City. The first two sites are the homes of the Midwest League’s Kernels and Lumber Kings. Iowa City is the home of University of Iowa. Three games in three different parks makes for a tough “homestand.”

Modern Woodman Park became modern through renovations prior to the 2004 season. During that time the city added berms and floodwalls to protect the park from the frequent floods.

The River Bandits are on the road following Wednesday’s game until May 8. The Dugout hopes all are safe and dry along the Mississippi. There’s much to anticipate if the River Bandits are able to return for their next homestand, starting with Redneck Night, 70s Night and Dead Musicians Night

Brat wash: Rain also affected the Wilmington Blue Rocks; albeit not nearly to the extent it hurt Quad Cities. The Blue Rocks were today’s Promo of the Day, but the Tribute to the Brat Pack was washed away. Wilmington will try again on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader. If they can pull it off, The Dugout hopes to have pictures.

Photo Courtesy Quad City River Bandits

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