AUBURN, N.Y. -- Sadly, a visit to Falcon Park, home turf of the Auburn Doubledays, the short-season, Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, isn't on the itinerary of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Central New York.
The Doubldays shouldn't feel bad, though. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., has been hoping for awhile that Obama would come to his district and check out the Harriet Tubman Home here, according to the Auburn Citizen newspaper, but to no avail so far.
After sending the president a letter in April asking him to check out Tubman's historic digs, Maffei told the Citizen that, even though Obama will be visiting nearby Syracuse on Aug. 22, he likely wouldn't have the time to swing by here, located about 25 miles to the west. "He's got to focus on the economy. That's what this tour is all about. We wanted to be included on the tour and that means the Tubman House will not be the primary reason for his visit," Maffei told the paper.
One may surmise, then, that the Doubledays, or the William H. Seward House, also located here, are also not a primary reason for his visit. (They're also on the road during Obama's visit to the area.) Oh, well. Wait 'til next year, then? The ball club is certainly worth checking out. Although they have a losing record, the Doubledays put a real hurt on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Friday night, 6-1.
It was a perfect night for baseball. The beer was cold, and cheap! ($3 for a 16 ounce cold one), as were the tickets. Eight bucks for general admission, and not a bad seat in the house.