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Hartford Yard Goats Fans Enjoy Season Opener
Elisha Machado
Apr 8, 2022

HARTFORD, Conn. — Baseball fans were greeted with blue skies over Dunkin’ Donuts Park for the Hartford Yard Goats season opener.

“The weather’s beautiful and it’s just good to be back,” Michelle Mesler from Manchester said.
Visitors filled Pratt Street for a roaring pre-game party to kick off the festivities.

Inside the stadium, fans were excited to return to a sense of normalcy and enjoy the game with family and friends.

“We love taking off our hats and trying to catch a ball with our hats,” said Lennon Gilligan from Vernon who came to the game with his father and cousin.

“It’s the atmosphere. They’ve really built a great park,” Eric Mesler from Manchester said.

But beyond the stadium, the return marks a sign of hope for local businesses after a difficult two years.

“To return to normalcy is so important to people and they feel more confident going out and being around people and you know being able to have some drinks outside on Pratt Street and then walk over,” Erin Sweeney, Vaughan’s Public House General Manager, said.

The Yard Goats have two more games this weekend, including Bark in the Park Saturday afternoon where guests can bring their pups.

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