Now that Dickey-Stephens Park has the second home stand of the season under its belt, what have we learned?
I've learned that a great promotion idea for the Travs would be to hand out souvenir brooms at the final game of every series with the NWA Naturals 'cause it's gonna be a sweep every time, baby! Or in lieu of a promotion, at least maybe they could invite the guy who sells the brooms near the Exxon bus stop on Keightly and Cantrell and he can just stand outside the stadium.
I've learned that the Angels could have done a lot worse than signing three free agents comprised of two Texas League all-stars and a former first-round draft pick and assigning them to the Travs.
I've learned that my favorite call on the radio is a "good grief" uttered by Bill Valentine as the Travs send yet another runner to a certain out until the Naturals flub it with a bad throw and that Valentine would be a great co-host on Drive Time Sports if they would turn him loose.
I've learned that even though I hate the Naturals I love that road hat they wear. That's something at least.
I've learned that Coby Smith and Anthony Ortega get early odds at having the best shot among Travs players to get a call up to an MLB roster.
I've learned that Gator is retiring and it will be sad not to have that voice echoing through the park because besides being good it was one of the best carryovers that seemed to connect the new park to the history at Ray Winder Field.
I've learned that Arvest is a fitting sponsor of the NWA Naturals' stadium since it is owned by the evil empire of Wal-Mart.
I've learned that if it's true some people in Memphis have become disgruntled with the Cardinals, it's too bad Dickey-Stephens doesn't meet the minimum capacity of 10,000 seats for a Triple-A affiliate because it's fun to dream.
I've learned that the Travs' starting rotation may do some damage this year and provide fewer innings for relievers, but at least there are a few good ones in the pen if needed.
I've learned that many of the Travs have already signed on to this being a rivalry and thanks to them for respecting what's important to the fans.
I've learned it won't be much a rivalry if the Naturals can't win a game every now and then.
I've learned that it would probably be cheaper to build a new baseball facility that could be shared by Catholic, Hall, Parkview, and McClellan rather than keep up Ray Winder Field, not to mention give the high school players and spectators a much better place to play. Sorry, but it's time to mark off home plate as a memorial and raze the rest for the zoo.
I've learned that the Travs have only themselves to blame for NWA referring to the team as the "North Little Rock Travelers" since they made every effort last season to brand it that way.
I've learned that even the Morning News of Insert Name of Northwest Arkansas City Here capitalizes "Central Arkansas" yet our hometown paper likes to lowercase it and cap Northwest. Come on, man. Check any style manual you want and then come back and justify this.
I've learned that the Car-Mart Cup is even sweeter knowing that Car-Mart is a northwest Arkansas company and they probably dreamed it up with typical NWA arrogance assuming it would certainly land in Springdale.
I've learned there are some player wives who are still pretty pissed off about being placed in the beer garden last season and you don't piss off the wives.
What have you learned?