Hamilton Thunderbirds are longing to chase the sun. Thursday night, they will begin that process as the Intercounty Baseball League hits the practice floor at Frozen Ropes in Oakville, Ontario.
“It’s hard to believe that we finally get started Thursday. I can hardly wait, and our players are the same way,” said Hamilton Thunderbirds Business and General Manager Adeo Calcagni. “We have a number of top prospects, former pros and a Hamilton Tiger-Cats Canadian Football League prospect in the outfield, Richard Wright.”
The club will workout each Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the Oakville facility until the end of April. They hit the practice field at Hamilton’s Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium on Monday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
This season the Thunderbirds will play 18 games at home during the 36-game IBL schedule. Dofasco Opening Day is at Bernie Arbour Stadium on Sunday, May 4 against the Guelph Royals. The season winds up on July 20 when against the Barrie Baycats and former Toronto Blue Jays hurler Paul Spoljaric.
The home slate includes nine Sunday dates, seven Fridays and a Saturday date on June 14 against the London Majors. The game against the Majors will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1978 Hamilton Cardinals (forerunner to the Thunderbirds) winning the city’s lone Intercounty championship. The Cardinals defeated the Majors 4-1 in games that year. A Tuesday date on June 17 will round out Hamilton’s home skein against the IBL champion, Toronto Maple Leafs.