About three years ago, the Portland Beavers, triple-A team that had been in Portland on-and-off for over 100 years, was sold to make way for a professional soccer team. There were some pretty disappointed people in our circle of friends. Then a year ago, it was announced that a short season single-A team would be coming to Hillsboro. As a city employee, I was given first-dibs on tickets for the sold-out home opening game for the Hops. We had a great time with our friends, the Petersons, welcoming baseball back to the Portland area.
The kids loved the game. They just hung out together, ate some popcorn, and waited patiently for the fireworks that would follow the game.
At one point, it began to sprinkle (leave it to Oregon!). But afterward, the sun popped out and we enjoyed the beautiful rainbow over the ball park. I think it was Heaven's way of saying it was pleased that baseball was back.
The kids loved the fireworks after the game. I think it was Henry's firs real fireworks show. He couldn't take his eyes from them.
The Hops won 12-0. It was a fun game in a beautiful new stadium.