On a sunny and hot North Carolina summer, my lady and I ventured with our two dogs to the mountainside of the Appalachians. In between the Bilmore Estate, the hippie streets of downtown Asheville, and blue mountains of Appalachia is nestled the downhome McCormick Field. In late July, we visited my #19 ballpark, and it was everything minor league baseball should be.

WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE ASHEVILLE TOURISTS!

THE PARK

Asheville has one of the small town gems in a big city market for North Carolina. Being the single A franchise of the Colorado Rockies, and under its second year of new ownership, the Tourists can blend so much of the past with the future. The park is nestled in the mountainside, and requires you to hike up one just to get to the small entrance way in the front. McCormick Field has all the trappings of a updated War Memorial Stadium (from Greensboro’s past ballpark) with its brick facade, and billboard plastered outfield walls. In fact, McCormick has a lot in common with Hickory’s place,except its a little larger and is covered in most places. 

 

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