Aug 19, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; General view during the seventh inning of the game between the Frisco Roughriders and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Dr Pepper Ballpark. The Roughriders beat the Naturals 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Home Sweet Home for the Frisco Roughriders


Although the Frisco RoughRiders fell short 6-3 their home opener to the Arkansas Travelers on Thursday, a number of fans would still admit the game was encircled with wild excitement.

It was a tough night for starting pitcher Cody Buckel and the rest of the Riders’ bullpen, who had trouble finding the strike zone, walking batters, hitting batters and giving up a grand slam in late innings. The Riders spoiled their 2013 home debut and are now 3-4 on the season while the Travelers improve to 4-3. But besides the fact, Dr Pepper Ballpark had ‘Home Sweet Home’ written all over it.

The chilly weather didn’t keep an Opening Day crowd of 9,267 from arriving at the beautiful ballpark. The fan support and just the feeling of Rider fans engaging for yet another baseball season made it special. The aroma of food in the air set the mood just in time for the first pitch.

If you’ve ever been to Dr Pepper Ballpark, you can agree there’s a not a bad seat in the house. I witnessed a fan base that showed great loyalty and respect to its players. Of course, it’s way too early to tell how the Riders are going to fare this season. But the most important thing was the team got a feel of what home cooking is going to be like. It’ll just get better and better.

Whether the Riders have a winning or losing season, I can only imagine how exciting it’s going to be out there. I know there’s going to be an energy-filled crowd rooting on its beloved baseball team the remainder of the season. And that’s really what it’s all about.

I have to say, going to a minor league game is a lot different than attending major league games. I would have to say everything about it was exhilarating. The fans, food, gimmicks, press box and anything else you could you think of. The vibrant fireworks that lit up the dark sky at the end of the game topped off the night. That goes to show you if you have a crowd that’s there for the love of the game and its players, winning isn’t everything.

The RoughRiders will play their next five games at home. If there’s nothing for you to do, I’d suggest spending a day at Dr Pepper Ballpark.

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