You can’t blame Sam Nader and Sid Levine for having a lot of that now.
When they sold the Oneonta Tigers to a group of investors led by New York City attorney E. Miles Prentice III in December of 2008, the contract stipulated that the team would remain in Oneonta through at least the 2010 season.
Nader and Levine said they received calls from Prentice on Wednesday, notifying them that the minor-league franchise they started in 1966 and ran through 2008 was leaving to play at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn., this summer.
“I have great memories and they can’t take those away from me,” said Nader, who along with Levine and eight other investors pooled $10,000 together to form the Oneonta Athletic Corp. in 1966 to bring minor league baseball to Damaschke Field.
Asked if he knew then what he knows now about Prentice and his ownership group, if he’d have had second thoughts about selling the team, Nader said, “Absolutely.”
In 2009, the O-Tigers drew 23,521 fans, an average of 692 for a ballpark that seats around 4,000. They were last in the 14-team New York-Penn League in attendance.
“I can understand the move,” Nader said. “The support hasn’t been that great and it hasn’t been that great for a long time. (The new owners’) goals and objectives are far different than me and Sid. For me and my family, it’s a sad day. I think professional baseball is done in the city of Oneonta … and that’s it.”
An average of 692 fans per game is just terrible. No one should be shocked to see this move.
Click here to see the last Yankees farm team to play in Oneonta. Juan Rivera turned out to be the pick of that litter.