New Ems Stadium

Ems Collage

Program date: Jan. 21, 2022
Air date: Jan. 24, 2022

From the City Club of Eugene:

We could lose the beloved Eugene Emeralds.

The only option to keep the Emeralds in Eugene-Springfield is to build a new stadium. Otherwise, Major League Baseball will move the franchise to a new market, and the Emeralds will be gone. But hope is renewed: On December 14, the Lane County Board of Commissioners directed County staff to continue planning efforts for a multi-use stadium for baseball, concerts, and other community events at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

Well! Well! We got another ballpark plan! I just found this in my email, the eve that Putin declared parts of the Ukraine – his. How sad for freedom.

John

From animated to aggravated, residents in the Jefferson Westside neighborhood have a range of opinions and concerns about a proposal to build a multi-use facility and new baseball stadium for the Eugene Emeralds at the Lane Events Center. 

The idea for a “New Civic Stadium” at the events center still is in the early stages, with the minor league team and Lane County staff and consultants exploring whether the idea is feasible for the county-owned events center. 

As the Ems face a deadline of finding a new home that meets MLB standards by 2024 and have high hopes on the Lane Events Center, neighbors around the fairgrounds have concerns about traffic, parking, light and sound. 

For some, those concerns are a deal-breaker. They don’t see how a stadium and multi-use facility could work in the middle of any neighborhood.

Others see the proposal as a chance to spur development on the often-neglected west side and make sure the neighborhood remains a vibrant place to live.

Both the county and the baseball team emphasized nothing is set in stone yet as the county works on a master plan for the Lane Events Center.

Yet for the team, this is a “last ditch” effort that General Manager Allan Benavides is trying his best to make a reality so the Ems can continue to call Eugene home as they have for more than 60 years. 

Benavides understands people have concerns and has been discussing the plans and people’s issues with the project — and he’s open to having many similar conversations. 

“I welcome any opportunity to talk to somebody who absolutely hates the idea,” he said. “This doesn’t work without their involvement.”

‘Serendipitous’ timing with master plan process

The Emeralds have played at various stadiums in Eugene since forming as a charter member of the Northwest League more than six decades ago.

The team played at a privately owned location for a few years, then at Civic Stadium from 1969 to 2009 with a five-season break from 1969 to 1974 before moving to PK Park in 2010. Major League Baseball promoted the Ems to the High-A league in 2020, affiliating the team with the San Francisco Giants.

The Ems have been looking for a new home since the end of 2020 after learningthe High-A’s long season meant the UO baseball stadium no longer would work.

If the team doesn’t find a new facility by 2024, MLB or the San Francisco Giants will relocate the team to a new region.

Benavides said the team had looked everywhere for a new home — the Eugene Airport, on Coburg Road, in Glenwood, around Valley River Center and more than a dozen other places — before approaching the county about the Lane Events Center.

A lot of factors make the site ideal, Benavides said, including the opportunity to be part of a neighborhood again.

“It was literally the best site we could hope for and the most risky,” Benavides said.

In many ways, it’s a good fit, Benavides said. The area is zoned correctly, people go there for entertainment, and the space would allow for a development that fits within the team’s deadline to move to a stadium within MLB guidelines, he said.

The timing also worked out, he said, calling it “very serendipitous that we are in the situation we’re in and that the fairgrounds master plan had to pause because of (the coronavirus pandemic).”

Because of that pause, the proposal came about before the county started the master plan in earnest, said Rachel Bivens, spokesperson for the Lane Events Center.

With the last master plan completed in the 1990s, it was “time to take a look at our facilities,” Bivens said, and a facilities assessment from 2017 “showed that some buildings need a lot of investment.”

The potential for the multi-use facility, which could go on 7.6 acres north of the Livestock Building, is just part of the master plan, Bivens said. In that spot, there might be some adjustments to parking, she said, but it “wouldn’t impact any of the buildings that we currently have.”

Empathic Take-Down at PK Park

Posted on July 28, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

The Royal Janitor

After the Professors one hour lecture, and after taking him to a Cosmic Dinner at the Bum’s Rush Herbal Salad Bar, Victoria was ready to take in an American baseball Game, and get some R&R. Her mind was turning into silly-putty. She needed to get grounded by doing something totally inane. She could not use her mind one minute more, and, had found following American baseball to be totally relaxing. She ate up pitching and batting statistics like they were vallum and Prozac. She knew where this data had come from, and, where it was going. She compared it to knitting.

Miriam seemed spent after her dance-a-thon. John had put her in her place and came close to 86ing her from his lecture after she challenged him about his credentials. She had her I-pod tuned to her favorite music and was ready to hang for a couple of hours while her partner got her jollies. But, this was not meant to be.

Finding the baseball park nearly empty, they took seats right behind the catcher. The Eugene Emeralds were having a terrible season, and were in the cellar. Starfish’s head was bouncing around like she was in the rear window of a automobile. Then, HE came to the mound, and, she froze. He froze too, in the middle of his wind-up. These were warm-up pitches, or, that would have been a balk. There was her beautiful head, hovering above the umpire. Wow! What a…..Enchantress? Dalton shuddered. No woman had looked at him that way. Does she know me?

Victoria was coming back to her seat with her arms full of popcorn hotdogs, banners, soda-pop, and cracker jacks. She noticed the dead silence, and found the source. Their deep gaze was locked onto one another. If you poured cold water om them, they would not flinch.

“Here! Take some of this!”

Miriam did not hear. When she spotted the program under Victoria’s arm, she yanked at it with a growl!

“What the….?”

“I must know his name! She let out a whimper when she read “Dalton Geekie. Oh my God. What a perfect name. It means Town in the valley – with ‘crag’. “Dalton” she whispered, and then charged into her Music Ap for just the right song – their song!

“It’s here! Thank you Jesus!” Looking up, Starfish crossed herself.

“Play Ball!” the umpire shouted, and when Dalton gave the sign of the cross across his powerful chest, Miriam’s heart went pitter-patter – KERTHUNK!

Victoria had her Em’s cap on backwards, and thought she looked pretty cute. She wanted just a little limelight. It would help if someone noticed her and gave her some flirtation. What she was not ready for, was a Christian Warm-up Mating Ritual – with a raging Psychic Empathic meltdown! Miriam’s words came back to haunt her

“I am forbidden to go to Eugene! But, who gives a shit!”

There should have been some questions asked here. But, now it was too late. Starfish had locked her Victim up in an intuitive mind-probe. As the sad Cellos played ‘As I Walk Alone Down the Road’, the movie of her parents first meeting, began to roll. The blanks were being filled in as the first tears welled in Starfishes eyes.

Her father was a Russian who had a scholarship in track. He was winning every hurdle race he was put in. Warming up, he spotted her, in the bleachers. They had to have one another. When the starter pistol went off, they were under the bleachers, mashing their lips together, ripping away at their sports clothes. When they came at the same time, there was loud cheering. One sperm made it to the finished line, and, Miriam was created.

Almost thrown off the team, Ivan made a pledge to the track coach that he would stay away from that Jezebel. She was banned from the stadium, but, Ivan caught a glimpse of Sarah now and then looking thru the bars of the gate. Their love, was banished! This is how Miriam was going to play it for the next three hours, to Victoria’s utter disgust. The mesh of the backstop did not filter out any of their pathos and lust. It was a profound barrier that multiplied their love – ten fold. This, was a Forbidden Love – the best kind!

“Fuck!” Victoria whispered aloud, knowing she could not be heard above a gallery of unhappy cellos. Or, is she listening to morose Gregorian chants, again?

“My new best friend in a Russian Drama Queen!”

The coach thought about taking Dalton out of the game, but, when Miriam began to sob and wail, the crowd got into it. Victoria buried her head in the stats sheet.

“Fuck!”

The trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. These people filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings. As a psychiatrist and empath myself, I know the challenges of being a highly sensitive person. When overwhelmed with the impact of stressful emotions, empaths may experience panic attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, food, sex, and drug binges, or exhibit many other physical symptoms that defy traditional diagnosis.

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