Road Trippin': Columbus Clippers

Photo Credit: Ryan Cameron | Out of the Pen Baseball

by: Ryan Cameron @RyanCameron22

Driving up to Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers, I could immediately see how special this ballpark was.

Walking to the stadium I noticed that they had provided an area outside to watch the games. There were already people lined up for the game which wasn’t due to start for two hours. That’s not something you see very much in Minor League baseball.

Making my way to the back entrance to start the day, it only got better from there. I was taken to the press box where I met with Joe Santry, the Clippers' Public Relations Director. He was gracious enough to show me around the stadium and tell me about their history. He told me how he was still looking for a picture of a former player because they put up a picture of every player who has ever played for the Columbus Clippers in a special room. I was absolutely wowed by this. He then walked me to the GM Ken Schnacke’s office for my first interview.

Ken talked with me about his 42 seasons with the Clippers and how he had been inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. We discussed the All-Star game the team is hosting this year. He also told stories about some of the greats that have come through Columbus in his time, such as Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Lastly, we discussed how tremendously the ballpark was set up. How they added a green monster in right field to mimic the Boston Red Sox; the venue outside the stadium, where you could watch the game, came from the San Francisco Giants; the building in left field was designed to mimic the Baltimore Orioles; the bleachers were taken from the concept of the Chicago Cubs. Check out the audio interview with Mr. Schnacke on our ‘Road Trippin” page.

The Clippers were facing the Chicago White Sox top pitching prospect Michael Kopech who throws a 100 mph with ease. Columbus forced him into four walks and he lasted only three innings. The Clippers went on to a thrilling 4-3 win, thanks to Eric Haase’s eighth-inning two-run homer. I spoke with Haase after the game about the home run, which you can hear on the Road Trippin’ page as well. I was also able to speak with pitcher Ryan Merritt about his injuries and his time with the Cleveland Indians.

My day with the Columbus Clippers was amazing! The ballpark is something special and I can’t wait to go back for the Triple-A All-Star game later this year. Anyone who is driving through Ohio, take the time to go to Huntington Park. I can promise that you won’t regret it.

Thank you to Ken Schnacke, Joe Santry, and the Clippers organization for the wonderful experience!

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