RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - As COVID-19 cases continue to climb nationwide, it's resulting in disappointing news for baseball fans. Tuesday, Minor League Baseball announced the 2020 season is now canceled.
That means the Flying Squirrels will not play in Richmond.
Those who have already purchased tickets for the season should know they will be still be honored next year when the new season schedule is set.
Tuesday’s news has fans and leadership here reacting.
It’s one of the highlights for so many this time of year. “The sights, the sounds, the smells,” Todd ‘Parney’ Parnell, Vice President of the Flying Squirrels said.
Baseball at the Diamond usually finds the Flying Squirrels front and center but not in 2020.
“This is the first time in our history that we’ve had a summer without Minor League Baseball,” the organization posted on Twitter.
You can thank COVID-19.
“I spent a lot of time on the phone this afternoon with a lot of our players all across the country…It’s what they do and they’re not going to be able to do it. The big-league guys are going to be able to it but the guys that are trying to get to the big leagues….sad reality are probably the two words that go together in this case,” Parnell said.
Even the fans can relate.
“I’m sad that we won’t be able to have that experience this summer…It’s always fun and laid back. It’s nice that we have something like this in Richmond to come to,” Pam Hooper said.
“In my 31-year baseball career, June 30th, 2020 will go down probably as the saddest day or one of the saddest days just because we’re going to miss everything,” Parnell added.
So here’s to 2021.
“There’s no doubt in 2021, the hot dogs are going to taste better. The beer is gonna be colder and better. Pepsi is going to be great. There are brighter days ahead. I’m going to cry a bunch of tears tonight but there are brighter days ahead of having fun and going nuts,” Parnell said.
There will still be summer activities at the Diamond. Stadiums across the country are getting creative to still keep people coming in - even though baseball won’t be the main draw.
Fans who have purchased full-season or partial-season ticket plans (including Gold Books, Great 8 packages and Silver Squirrels memberships) can click here.
Group packages purchased for the 2020 season, including SEGRA Picnic Zone, Food Lion Party Den (Pregame Tailgate), Education Days, Field of Dreams, FUNNraising and Birthdays, can be moved to 2021 Flying Squirrels home game dates once next season’s schedule has been set.
Questions related to group packages can be submitted here.
Charitable donation certificates that included tickets to a 2020 Flying Squirrels game will be honored for the 2021 season. Organizations that have received a donation certificate will be contacted by a Flying Squirrels representative who will provide redemption instructions.
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