January 14, 2003
As Newscenter 10 first reported last Thursday, South Georgia Waves owner David Heller was in Evansville, Indiana this morning to announce he is moving the team there next year--provided Evansville's proposed $25 million stadium is ready.
News of the Waves move is making national headlines with former major league greats Don Mattingly and Cal Ripken, Junior becoming minority owners of the Waves.
Here in Albany, baseball fans like Louis Powell felt like they were somewhat to blame.
Even though the Waves have played just one season in Albany, it is hard to blame David Heller for accepting deal that not only hooks him up with two of the most respected players in baseball history but also moves him into what Heller believes will be one of the premiere facilities in minor league baseball.
David Heller said "The park that we are building here in Evansville is going to do for minor league baseball what Camden Yards (in Baltimore) has done for major league baseball."
While David Heller was making his announcement in Indiana, back in South Georgia his staff was still preparing for a 2003 season in Albany.
A season they were enjoying getting some time to plan since the Waves moved from Wilmington to Albany just two weeks before the start of the South Atlantic League season.
Lame duck or not, Waves general manager Gerry McKearney is promising to make this season the best ever for local baseball fans.
McKearney said " Our focus- myself and my staff's focus- is on the 2003 baseball season here in South Georgia. We are working hard and planning for a great season of baseball and great entertainment."
The Waves home opener is April 7th against the Rome Braves.