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EDWARD A LeLACHEUR PARK

outside LeLacheur

TEAM ::: LOWELL SPINNERS
LOCATION ::: LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS
MY FIRST VISIT ::: JUNE 23, 2005
OPPONENT ::: VERMONT EXPOS
LEVEL ::: NEW YORK - PENN LEAGUE (SHORT SEASON A)

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RATINGS

BALLFIELD ::: D
SCOREBOARD ::: B
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: B
MASCOT ::: B

view of the bridge

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

from behind home plate

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

BACK IN 1996 THE NEW YORK PENN LEAGUE ADDED ANOTHER INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL FRANCHISE  IN LOWELL, MASS.  THE SPINNERS, JUST LIKE THE TEAMS THAT WERE ADDED IN HUDSON VALLEY, BROOKLYN, AND ABERDEEN SELL OUT EVERY NIGHT. PROBLEM IS, UNLIKE THOSE OTHER PLACES, LOWELL HAS A GREAT LOOKING STADIUM THAT JUST DOESN'T MATCH THE OTHERS.
FROM THE OUTSIDE, THIS PARK LOOKS GREAT, SITUATED ACROSS FROM UMASS LOWELL, LeLACHEUR PARK SITS ALONG THE RIVERBANK FACED IN BRICK GIVING A VERY OLD TIME / NEW ENGLAND FEEL TO THE PARK. ONCE THE STAIRS HAVE BEEN CLIMBED AND YOU ENTER THE CONCOURSE, THINGS KIND OF CHANGE.
 
THE CONCOURSE RUNS BEHIND THE SEATING BOWL, OFFERING CONCESSIONS AND A WIDE ENOUGH SPACE FOR THE CROWDS TO PASS. PROBLEM IS ONCE YOU LOOK AT THE FIELD. THE FIELD HERE MAY BE ONE OF THE WORST IN PROFESSIONAL BALL, I UNDERSTAND I VISITED THE SECOND GAME OF THE SEASON FOR THE SPINNERS, BUT IT WAS IN LATE JUNE AND PLENTY OF TIME FOR THE SPRING THAW. THE PARKS IN PORTLAND, MAINE AND MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE DIDN'T REFLECT ANY ILL EFFECTS OF WINTER.

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THE SEATING AREA SURROUNDING THIS FIELD DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME. DOWN THE FIRST BASE LINE, THE STANDS EXTEND TO THE BULLPEN, WHERE THE STANDS TURN AND STOP. THIS MUST HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO KEEP THE PARK ALONG THE STREET NEXT TO THE STADIUM BECAUSE THEY COULD SURE USE THE EXTRA SEATS HERE. BUT IN A WAY THIS IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON THERE IS JUST WAY TOO MUCH FOUL TERRITORY HERE AND IF THOSE SEATS CONTINUED TO ANGLE, YOU WOULD BE A MILE AWAY FROM THE FIELD.

TO RIGHT FIELD

DOWN THE THIRD BASE SIDE IS A MORE 'NORMAL' MINOR LEAGUE SEATING AREA. CHAIRS BEYOND THIRD BASE, 2 SECTIONS OF METAL BLEACHERS GIVING WAY TO A PLAYGROUND.
 
THE CONCESSIONS HERE ARE PRETTY GOOD. THE SMELLS THAT CREPT DOWN TO THE SEATING AREA REMINDED ME OF BINGHAMTON, THIS PLACE SMELLS GOOD.
HOWEVER, FOR A GOOD SHOW TO GO ALONG WITH YOUR HOT DOG, GET A DOG FROM 'THE DOG MAN' VENDOR. NO MATTER HOW YOU LIKE OUR DOG, HE'LL COFIRM YOUR
ORDER WITH A DOG RELATED NAME. (EX: 1 DOG WITH KETCHUP = 1 BLOODHOUND)


A TRIP TO LOWELL WILL ALSO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON YOUR MOVIE TRIVIA. I HAVEN'T BEEN TO A PARK THAT USED AS MANY MOVIE QUOTES, NON BASEBALL ONES
INCLUDED, AS THEY USED HERE.
  THEY JUST SEEMED TO USE A DIFFERENT ONE AFTER EVERY OUT.
 
TO GET HERE, PARKING IS $5 BUT IS LIMITED NEXT TO THE STADIUM. CHANCES ARE YOU WILL HAVE A SHORT WALK ONCE YOU LEAVE THE CAR. SINCE YOU SHOULD
GET HERE EARLY, TAKE A STROLL ON THE WALKWAY BEHIND THE OUFIELD WALL, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE INTO THE STADIUM, BUT YOU'LL GET A GOOD VIEW OF
THE RIVER AND WILL COME OUT AT THE BRIDGE WHICH
CAN BE SEEN FROM THE INSIDE OF THE PARK.
 
AS A REMINDER, THIS ISN'T A PLACE TO DROP IN ON, MOST LIKELY 5,000 PEOPLE WILL BE AT THE GAME SO CALL AHEAD.

CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULES FOR THE BOSTON RED SOX, NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS, OR PORTLAND SEA DOGS FOR A POSSIBLE EXTENDED TRIP TO SEE THE
SPINNERS.

FROM LEFT

Managers

THE LINE UPS

VERMONT EXPOS MANAGER ::: 
8 BOBBY WILLIAMS

LOWELL SPINNERS MANAGER :::
 12 LUIS ALICEA

VERMONT EXPOS

15 Francisco Plasencia cf
2 Jose Contreras ss
23 Dee Brown lf
24 Carlos Torres 1b
37 Lorvin Louisa dh
30 Mike Daniel rf
27 Melvin Mancebo c
3 Brandon Conway 3b
5 Andy Lane 2b
20 Oscar Lira p / LP

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LOWELL SPINNERS

6 Dominic Ramos ss
20 Yahmed Yema dh
25 Willie Mota cf
24 Tim Burgess 1b
37 Luis Soto rf
7 Jay Johnson lf
3 Dustin Kelly 2b
5 Matt Mercurio 3b
39 Mike Leonard c
21 Adam Blackley p / WP
44 Blake Maxwell S

Scoreboard

EXPOS        100   001   000    2   7   1
SPINNERS  300   002   00x   5   8   1

TIME ::: 2:31
ATTENDANCE ::: 5,000
WEATHER ::: 78 PARTLY CLOUDY

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