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Jeremy Peppas

Here we go.

Ray Winder is and was a dump. TR and the others (I'm looking at you Rex Nelson) who just can't shut up about how great a place it was to watch a game have forgotten how terrible it was to watch a game there.

Don't get me wrong, my plan is to be up very early Saturday and get a couple of those seats they are giving away but it still doesn't change the fact that they weren't comfortable.

Memory is a tricky thing. Nolstagia clouds the mind. The massive quanities of beer consumed at Ray Winders renders everything into a fog.

It is, sort of, the same principle that makes people think back to the 90s, remember how great the Electric Cowboy was and how they meet their girlfriend/wife/ex-wife there. Then they wish they could get back that part of their lives.

The only advantage Ray Winder has over Dickey-Stephens was the parking.

Jeremy Peppas

Buddy Villano

BJ's Star-Studded Honkey Tonk sure was great back in the '90s. Electric Cowboy ruined it... just like Dickey-Stephens!!!

Father Mason Cutter Jr.

These photos look like a scene from Planet of the Apes.

Anonymous and bitter fan

Those of you whining about RWF being a dump, (looking at you Jeremy) give me a break! Do you really not understand the mystique and sense of baseball history that was and is Ray Winder Field? Does it not mean anything to you that, in this simple field, some of the biggest names from baseball's golden era played the game? Can you not see beyond the "uncomfortable seats" and feel the baseball history that permeates this site? Does almost 3/4 of a century of tradition count for anything? If you can't comprehend this, no amount of explaining will help you - my condolences.

Heaven forbid that we indulge in any progressive activity in Little Rock -- particularly anything radical or out of character like historic preservation. This isn't the first time that the City of Little Rock leadership (and I use that term loosely) has buried their collective heads in the sand rather than doing the right thing. (Bruce, Mark, are you listening?)

Once again, look at Rickwood Field in Birmingham (www.rickwood.com) to see how a more enlightened city dealt with historic preservation of a baseball landmark when their local team moved to a more modern facility. Ray Winder Field could have become a Little Rock landmark, something which would attract tourists, who would spend money, which would boost the economy. Instead, we get a parking lot. Way to go Little Rock city leadership -- what a fine legacy.

Gimme a break

Get a life. Go watch mike trout play. Then 50 years from now you can repeat this nonsense. Save DSP! mike trout played there!

Trav fan

Gimmie, it might come as a surprise to you, but it didn't have to be an "either-or" choice between DSP and RWF if the City of Little Rock had any vision. We go to DSP regularly and love the park, but it doesn't have the character or memories of RWF.

gimmie a break

time marches on. no ebbett's field, no sportman's park. no polo grounds. get a grip, these things don't have infinite lifespans. go rent the lion king and learn about the circle of life

Trav fan

Gimmie, we are fortunate to have your wonderful philosophy, misguided though it might be. I will go rent Lion King, but you need to go find a copy of Joni Mitchell's song, The Circle Game. Play it, listen to the words, the thought process might prove enlightening. I'm sure it was probably written before you were born, but it has a message you might heed, if not now, then as time marches on.

Hawkeye Pierce

The time to save Ray Winder Field was twenty years ago. Strangely enough, the people who wanted to preserve it when the Travs moved out are one of the reasons it has a date with the wrecking ball.

The supporters of RWF needed a solid plan to preserve, renovate and use the park long-time in a way that might generate a bit of revenue. Instead, there were several different camps with several different visions. Also, UAMS had what the supporters of the park did not -- money.

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