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The Second First Season

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The Second First Season takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a Double-A baseball team on a year-long do-over. Jonathan McNicol tells the story of the Hartford Yard Goats' second season -- their first season in a new city, their first season in a new ballpark, and their first season playing home games.

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I want to get this spoiler out of the way right at the top here: Hartford has baseball, the Yard Goats have a ballpark, and the ballpark — after a 372-day delay — has a fully-functional baseball field where real, live, professional baseball games are actually played.

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

The plan is to tell the story of the Yard Goats' second season -- their first season in a new city, their first season in a new ballpark, their first season as a home team.

But I can’t tell you that story until I tell you this story, the story of last year, the Yard Goats' first first season, their lost season on the road -- and the story of the last few years, the story of building a ballpark that seemed like maybe it'd never get built, the story of moving a ballclub from a Hartford suburb to a Hartford neighborhood.