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After 65 years, professional baseball made its return to Hartford Thursday, as the Yard Goats hosted -- and lost to -- the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

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The Hartford Yard Goats' home opener on April 13 coincides with a day that some of the city's biggest sports fans will never forget.

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The mayor who wanted it is gone. The developer who built it is gone. And the plans to build around it are on hold. But finally, after a year of delay, Hartford’s new minor league baseball stadium is about to have its first minor league game. 

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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.

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Minor League Baseball was supposed to return to Hartford a year ago, but developers couldn’t complete the stadium on time. Now, with just days to go, Dunkin’ Donuts is pretty much finished, and it seems that only rain can stop the April 13 opener.

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