Sunday, May 3, 2009

Penn Delco Does It Again

School board buffoonery rears its head in Aston Valley. My print column is up.

4 Comments:

Blogger Spencerblog said...

For some reason, this anonymous comment was posted under an earlier blog entry, "Training, Not Torture" but it makes a lot more sense for it to be posted here. So here it is:

Gil your completely off base with your "Field of Dreams" as it pertains to Buggy Field being one of the prettiest ball fields in Delaware County. You need to get out and about more often and make an honest evaluation. The Aston Valley Baseball League members/volunteers should certainly be commended for their efforts and accomplishments. The leasing of that property to them by the Penn-Delco School District is an agreement that should of never taken place. The School District in actuality short changed their Baseball Program by having them play many years on a site that was constantly in development and to this day is badly in need of a good maintenance program. The field as it sits today is not very FAN FRIENDLY. It lacks seating and good viewing visibilty. As a fan, you should be in attendance when opposing fans arrive and hear their comments on the field as they scurry to find a place to view the play. Additionally, to a large degree it is still a swamp, fans on many days during the spring, need to track through mud on both sidelines. The left field foul line fron third to leftfield is a water hole that can make for risky play. The School District needs to take control of that Field and make needed improvements and then maintain it so it will truly compliment their BASEBALL PROGRAM.

As far as local community summer baseball programs such as AVBL they will have and should have privlege to the field. I have been involved in baseball programs and there is no Schools District that I know of that has ever denied utilization of ball fields to local leagues as it creates a grassroot program to support and interface with their program. In most cases, all they ask is that you maintain the field during the summer months. Thanks you for your time. A true Delco baseball fan who enjoys High School and Summer Baseball and visits fields throughout the Philly area. I can honestly tell you, Buggy Field is certainly not among the prettiest. It is badly in need of a structured maintenance program.

May 4, 2009 at 2:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I think the article was completely ON base, well written, and reflected the feelings of the community and readership of the Daily Times. This person says that Buggy Field is not among the pretties field, but does not give any fields that are of the same quality. Glen Mills is certainly a wonderful field that was built by bundles of taxpayer money. I wonder what other fields he is referring to? I have been to Media, Garnet Valley, Strath Haven, Marple Newtown, Upper Darby, Interboro, Penn Wood, O'Hara to name a few. Which of these FIELDS can compare?

This person's entire argument is talking about the fan experience and the seating arrangement which are hampered by the piece of property which was alloted for the field in the first place. What he also fails to realize is that without this agreement, this field would have NEVER been built and Sun Valley High School would still be playing its games on A and B field....the 'jewels' of Penn Delco for many, many years which are not maintained, have many 'injury traps'.

I also wonder how the baseball program has been short changed? Is it a coincidence that the Sun Valley 'glory' years started when the team began playing on Buggy? Is it due to the fact that college and pro scouts have a press box to sit and see those talented players from a prime location? Is it because the fans have a scoreboard, donated by the Buggy family to know the score, pitch count, outs, etc.?

May 5, 2009 at 10:57 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The School District needs to take control of that Field and make needed improvements and then maintain it so it will truly compliment their BASEBALL PROGRAM."

Yeah, right--maybe this poster should take a look at the baseball fields PD already "maintains." Totally bogus post, with a few typos thrown in for good effect.

May 5, 2009 at 12:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

penn delco too money from taxpayers to pay for their personal things,now they are taking a field from children and no they dont get to use the field through school cause school teams you must try out for and make it aston valley all kids play ball and enjoy the games as for the mmud hello it is a bunch of boys playing ball when did they care if they get muddy come on give the kids back what is their's they have no where else to go bored kids only lead to trouble let them play ball with a lease

May 14, 2009 at 8:28 PM 

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