AKRON, Ohio - The sun was shining, the air was crisp and you could feel the anticipation. Opening Day for the Akron Aeros is just days away. On Tuesday, it was Media Day at Canal Park in downtown Akron.
Ken Babby, the new owner, said it's a dream come true.
"It's a very humbling, flattering experience. We have a mission in the community to build something great for Akron."
Babby plans on $3.5 million worth of improvements to the stadium over the next two years. The most noticeable: a new HD video board, the largest in Double-A baseball.
On the field, new manager Edwin Rodriguez said to expect a young, hungry team that can hit and will win games with pitching and defense.
If Babby had any question about what to expect from the Akron community, he got his answer just a few weeks after he bought the team.
One evening he and a friend were in downtown and decided to stop by the stadium and turn the lights on to get a feel for the experience.
"About five minutes after I got a call on my cellphone from the mayor," recalls Babby. "He said, 'Your lights are on. Somebody left your lights on. I am not going to do this every time.' I said, 'Where else in the world would that happen.'"
Opening Day is April 4 with the first pitch being thrown at 6:35 p.m.
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