Baseball fans in Richmond, Virginia, saw the Yankees AAA players from 1954-1964, then the Braves greats until former Democratic Governor Doug Wilder chased them out of town in 2008. Now they are asking fans to tweet pictures of themselves eating discounted hotdogs to make fun of Anthony Weiner on a “Salute to Scandal Night.
The AA farm club of the World Champion Giants set the attendance record for an Eastern League team after dropping from the AAA-level in 2008 and going a year without a team in 2009. The Flying Squirrels audacious logo was chosen as Ballpark Digest’s best logo of the year.
Ironically on January 14, 2008 I drove from my childhood home in Richmond, Virginia, to my then home in Gwinnett County, Georgia, where I heard a radio telecast announcing the team was moving from Richmond to Gwinnett.
Wilder, a fiscally conservative Democrat and the first African-American Governor elected in the country, refused to pursue a new stadium for the team after being elected Mayor of Richmond. The team claimed Wilder would never return attempts to communicate.