With winter temperatures being so mild, it should surprise no one that the Hamilton Thunderbirds of the Intercounty Baseball League have announced their 36-game schedule for the 2007 season.
And no one is more happy then team owner and vice-president Drew Brady.
“I love the schedule. We received every date that we wanted; we got Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and we got a lot of Friday night home dates,” said Brady, whose club opens at home against Brantford Red Sox on Sunday, May 6. On May 5, they open regular season play in Brantford.
Regular season play finishes on July 22 with Hamilton home to Oshawa.
“The schedule totally plays in our favour, especially going down the stretch in July. During the last two weeks, it is really soft with open dates for rainouts, and we can rest players if we need to.”
Hamilton will again play out of Bernie Arbour Stadium on the east Mountain at the corner of Mohawk Road East and Upper Kenilworth.
The TBirds will have nine Sunday dates, which include Mothers Day (Guelph Royals) on May 13, Fathers Day (Brantford) on June 17 and a doubleheader against Stratford Nationals on July 1.
There are seven Friday home dates and one Monday encounter, July 2 with the London Majors. All Sunday home games start at 2:05 p.m, and all other games begin at 7:35 p.m.
“As a team, we are light years ahead of where we were the past two years (which were spent) re-building with the General Manager position, which really is a pivotal position for the ball club. Now that we’ve got Adeo Calcagni back for his second year at the helm, we’ve had a whole year where we can sign and recruit players to contracts,” said Brady.
“We have done our homework and we know what we need to do. We are three or four light years ahead of where we would have been normally.”