I am no longer employed by the Omaha Royals. Instead, I now work for the Omaha Storm Chasers, and a lot of you are expecting me to rant about how much I hate that. And if I had written this at 4:16 this afternoon when I heard the news, that’s what this post may have been.
Maybe it’s the champagne talking, or maybe I’m gullible and easily swayed by confetti and flashy graphics, but…….
…I don’t hate it.
You know I wanted to keep being the Royals. In hindsight, I should have been less vocal about that since I’m on the payroll and all. But that team has been my life, and to some extent my identity, for my entire adult life. There’s some passion in this little heart.
But we’re not the Royals now; the people have spoken. The Omaha Storm Chasers…that is what the team is, so that is what I am.
The collection of ballplayers who will play at Werner Park* next season will be one of the most exciting the Omaha metro area has ever seen. Dayton Moore’s Process, if there really is one, will be laid out in front of our eyes. The more I think about that, the less I care that they won’t be called the O-Royals anymore. It’ll take some getting used to – our own Assistant GM, Rob Crain, mistakenly summoned us all for a group picture by asking for all ‘Omaha Royals’ employees to gather ’round. This is a change, and change is hard.
*Again, not that it officially matters, but I LOVE that Werner bought our park’s naming rights. They’ve been a big part of Triple-A baseball here, and the name ‘Werner Park’ rolls off the tongue quite nicely, doesn’t it?
But ultimately, this is still baseball. And quite frankly, it’s baseball with some kickass new branding. The colors – dark blue, gold and some black – are handsome, and I’m in love with the alt-home uniforms.
Again: I don’t love it, because I am a stubborn person and new things are scary. But I don’t hate it as much as I- and likely you – figured I would. As one season ticket holder put it, “it is what it is.” On April 15 when the Chasers take the field for the first time at Werner Park, all that will matter is that it is finally time for sweet, glorious baseball.
What do you think?
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