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RAY WINDER FIELD

Exteriror 1 of Ray Winder Field, Little Rock Ak

Exterior 2 of Ray Winder Field - Little Rock Ak

Exterior 3 of Ray Winder Field Little Rock Ak

TEAM ::: ARKANSAS TRAVELERS
LOCATION :::LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
MY FIRST VISIT ::: JULY 10, 2006
OPPONENT ::: SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS
LEVEL ::: TEXAS LEAGUE 'AA'

Shelly, The Travs Mascot- Little Rock Ak

RATINGS

BALLFIELD ::: B
SCOREBOARD ::: C
FOOD ::: B
FACILITIES ::: B
MASCOT ::: B

Before the game starts - Ray Winder Field

MY TAKE ON THE PARK

A look at the stands - Ray Winder Field

A TRIP BACK IN TIME WAS MY NIGHT AT RAY WINDER FIELD. THIS IS NOT ONLY
BECAUSE THE BALLPARK APPEARS NOT TO HAVE MADE MANY UPDATES OVER THE
YEARS, BUT BECAUSE OF THE WHOLE ATTITUDE OF THE PLACE, A PLACE THAT WILL
DEFINITELY BE MISSED.

LOCATED BEHIND A HOSPITAL ON THE EDGE OF TOWN IN LITTLE ROCK SITS RAY
WINDER FIELD.  FREE PARKING IS AVAILABLE UPON ARRIVAL, HOWEVER THERE ARE
SPACES RESERVED FOR THE PLAYERS. A FRIENDLY GUARD IN A LAWN CHAIR WILL
CHEERFULLY DIRECT YOU TO THE SIDE LOT FOR PARKING. I GIVE AN EXTRA GRADE
FOR A FREE PARKING LOT WITH ATTENDANTS.

Ray Winder Field's Seatin - Little Rock, Ak

HEADING TO THE GAME, THE TICKET WINDOW SELLS ONLY GENERAL ADMISSION
SEATS, WHICH ARE ONE COLOR. IF YOU WOULD LIKE LOWER GENERAL ADMISSION
SEATS, YOU PAY AN EXTRA $1 AND GET A DIFFERENT COLOR TICKET. TICKET ONE
GETS YOU INTO THE PARK, YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE PARK BEHIND
THE "BOX" SEATS. TWO LOCATIONS WILL GIVE YOU ACCESS TO THE LOWER LEVEL
WHERE YOU SHOW YOUR SECOND TICKET TO A PLEASANT WOMAN WHO WILL GRAN YOU
ACCESS. HERE IS THE BEST PART, YOU CAN TAKE ANY SEAT YOU WANT. THERE IS
A CATCH, IF THE PERSON WHO'S NAME IS ON THE BACK OF THE CHAIR SHOWS UP,
PLEASE MOVE TO ANOTHER SEAT. IT JUST SEEMS LIKE SUCH A GREAT WAY TO
LIVE.

Nightfall at Ray Winder Field

ONCE SEATED, RAY WINDER HAS SEATS SOME LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE DUGOUTS,
GIVING A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE GAME. STAINLESS STEEL CHAIRS FILL THE
LOWER LEVEL WITH OCCASIONAL VISITS FROM THE TRAVS MASCOT "SHELLY." I WAS
OK WITH SHELLY UNTIL I REALIZED THAT IT WAS HIS NAME DUE TO A
SPONSORSHIP WITH THE OIL COMPANY. SOMETHINGS SHOULD NOT TAKE THE
SPONSORS NAME, AND THE MASCOT TO ME IS OFF LIMITS!!.

A view behind first at Ray Winder Field

THE PLAYING FIELD HERE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT, FROM BEHIND SECOND BASE
ALL THE WAY TO CENTER FIELD THERE IS A PRONOUNCED SLOPE. THE SLOPE GOES
FROM SECOND TO CENTER AND FROM LEFT TO RIGHT FIELD. THE SLOPE AND THE
HIGH FENCE ALONG THE OUTFIELD WALL ARE THE VERY UNIQUES ASPECTS OF RAY
WINDER FIELD. THE HIGH FENCE IS UP DUE TO THE INTERSTATE WHICH RUNS
RIGHT BEYOND THE WALL.

CONCESSIONS HERE ARE LIMITED BUT SERVED AGAIN IN A UNIQUE FASHION. WHILE
WALKING AROUND THE CONCESSION AREA, TRAVS EMPLOYEES HANG OUT THE WINDOW
WAITING FOR PROSPECTIVE CUSTOMERS. WOODEN SIGNS ABOVE THE WINDOW LET YOU
KNOW WHAT CAN BE FOUND AND WHERE. THE FOOD IS OK BUT FOR THE PRICE, IT
IS EXCELLENT.

Looking in from 3rd base - Ray Winder Field

A TRIP TO RAY WINDER FIELD WAS MOST CERTAINLY A TRIP BACK IN TIME. FREE
PARKING, CHEAP TICKET AND LOW PRICED FOOD MADE MORE ENJOYABLE BY SITTING
WHERE YOU'D LIKE. I EVEN HAVE A FEELING THAT IF THE PERSON WHO'S SEAT
YOU WERE IN SHOWED UP THEY WOULD SIT IN ANOTHER NOT TO MOVE YOU.

RAY WINDER FIELD CELEBRATED ITS FINAL YEAR WITH THE TRAVS IN 2006.
SADLY, PROGRESS GENERALLY MEANS A SHINNY NEW BALL PARK WITH PRICES $2
MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS. I WOULD ALSO THINK THE GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING
WILL GO BY THE WAYSIDE AS WELL. THAT BEING SAID, THE BASEBALL FANS IN
LITTLE ROCK SHOULD HAVE A MODERN PLACE TO SEE A GAME. ALSO, IT GIVES ME
A REASON TO HEAD BACK OUT TO SEE THE CAPITAL OF ARKANSAS, A PLACE I
MIGHT NEVER HAVE GONE BACK TO.

The Lights are out on Ray Winder Field

THE LINE UPS

Exchanging the line ups - Ray Winder Field

SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS MANAGER :::
43 Daren Browm

ARKANSAS TRAVELERS MANAGER :::
31 Tyrone Boykin

SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS

21 Sebastien Boucher cf
13 Ozzie Navarro ss
6 Jason Bourgeois dh
33 Wladimir Balentien rf
37 Mike Wilson lf
40 Yung Chi Chen 2b
16 Matt Tuiasosopo 3b
15 Justin Ruchti c
45 Robert Rohrbaugh p
44 Brian Rowland - Smith LP

The Home dugout - Ray Winder Field

ARKANSAS TRAVELERS

15 Nathan Haynes rf
5 Aaron Peel lf
7 Brandon Wood ss
11 Matt Brown 3b
24 Terry Evans cf
8 Greg Porter dh
10 Bobby Wilson c
22 Matt Pali 1b
9 Eric Rodland 2b
33 Jose Arredondo p
38 Bobby Zimmerman WP

Ray Winder Field's Scoreboard

    MISSIONS     003   003   000   6   15   2
TRAVELERS  000   100   50x   8   11   0

TIME ::: 2:46
ATTENDANCE ::: 2,906
WEATHER ::: 93 CLEAR

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