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The Second First Season
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Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Double-A baseball team on a year-long do-over. Jonathan McNicol tells the story of the Hartford Yard Goats' second season -- their first season in a new city, their first season in a new ballpark, and their first season playing home games.

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  • Note: This episode contains strong language.There are 203 ballparks currently being used by affiliated, professional baseball teams in the United States:…
  • Yard Goats manager Jerry Weinstein is a man of many little self-contradictory terms. Words like "simplexity." Or this one he has for a pitch that could be…
  • Since I first started following Minor League Baseball, there's been this ongoing tension that I've felt at all the games.On the one hand, you're pretty…
  • The Yard Goats' mascots were first unveiled to the world in October, 2015, as the last part of a string of branding reveals that included merchandise,…
  • I think the reality is that on Hartford’s whole 25-man roster, there are probably maybe two, maybe three guys who will go on to have Major League careers…
  • This is episode three, and it's the first we're really talking about the actual team, the actual baseball, the actual wins and losses.And I'll say this…
  • I want to get this spoiler out of the way right at the top here: Hartford has baseball, the Yard Goats have a ballpark, and the ballpark — after a 372-day…
  • Note: This episode contains strong language. The plan is to tell the story of the Yard Goats' second season -- their first season in a new city, their…