The Old Ballgame


On Aug. 10, my wife and I took our two North Carolina grandchildren to the noon Greensboro Grasshoppers game at First National Bank Field.
Even though it was sweltering hot, and the Grasshoppers lost to Jersey Shore, we had an enjoyable visit.

That good experience started with the ticket seller. He knew the stadium and found us seats in the shade. Parking was easy, the $2 cost even better.

This was followed by three friendly employees — the security checker, the ticket scanner and the young lady overseeing the playground. These employees were personable and patient. The same could be said for the ice cream and popcorn concessionaires.

To top it off, a foul ball landed near us. Now our grandson has a baseball souvenir story for a lifetime.


Additionally, the stadium was clean and well-maintained, and it appears to be a perfect fit for the team and the community.


Thank you, Grasshoppers and Greensboro, for a quality visit.


Perhaps, this successful template can serve as a genuine reminder to the leaders of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Greensboro has the heart, the people and the hospitality to continue to be the home for the conference.


Bill Pike
Richmond, Va.


Author’s note: This letter to the editor appeared in the Tuesday, August 16, 2022 edition of the Greensboro News and Record.

The recovered foul ball Photo by Bill Pike

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