Just a quick recap from Day 1. I started in Little Compton and finished at Tiverton Little League. This past Saturday featured Day 2 of my Rhode Island Baseball Field Relay Bike Ride. I drove over the bridges, down 138 and got to my first fields located at Portsmouth Little League. Portsmouth Little League’s has two awesome fields located off East Main Rd, Portsmouth. Arthur Sherman and Jim Rooney Fields are located right next to each other in a huge recreation area with plenty of parking, batting cages, snack shack, and grassy areas for fans to catch a ball game. And I got to see my “batting cage dummy friend” again, located in the bullpen area of Rooney Field. The weather was just beautiful on Saturday for baseball, cycling, being outside with friends and family, and just enjoying the summer sun for one last weekend.
I hoped on my bike and headed towards Middletown Little League. East Main Road in Portsmouth is not a bike friendly road, so I kept on the grass until I could get to a back road, Sandy Point Ave. From there, I took the winding, country back roads of Portsmouth into Middletown. I passed vineyards on my left and right, farms, and quaint country residences. It was a fun ride on the back roads and pretty safe overall (with just a few exceptions). I made it to Middletown Little League, which is just about 6 miles from Portsmouth.
Middletown Little League is located next to the Aquidneck School off Reservoir Rd., Middletown. The field is just outside the Newport beach area and offers two fields, playground, batting cages, and plenty of parking. The field that I parked at was named Medeiros Field. There were cleat marks on the base paths, which means baseball was played at Medeiros just before I arrived. Overall, the field looked incredible. Great visit to Middletown.
One of the trends of my bike ride is the relay throw. I have now completed a throw and catch to the next field for each of my bike stops. My goal is to complete a relay throw to and from every baseball field I visit this fall. So far so good and this has been one of the fun parts of videotaping my tours. Stay tuned for more throws and catches as I travel from field to field.
Next stop up was a short ride through the beach area of Newport over to Newport’s 5th Ward Little League and Hogan Field. A few years back, I wrote a story about this field and its namesake. A local Newport school teacher reached out to me with some additional information about Mr. Hogan and his significance to Newport. Very cool to connect with the community at large when I do these baseball articles. At Hogan Field, the view of Newport Harbor is just spectacular. What an incredible experience it must be for the kids, coaches, and families to be a part of such a scenic place for baseball. Newport is one of my favorite cities in all of the USA.
My next stop on my bike ride was historic Cardines Field, Newport. Cardines Field is home to the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Sunset League, Babe Ruth, American Legion, RI High School teams, and other Junior/Senior level baseball leagues. It is a real baseball treasure with so much rich baseball history. Past and current MLB players can lay claim to have played at Cardines with such legendary heroes as Satchel Paige and Babe Ruth. Every summer, I get to Cardines with friends and family as often as I can.
Since the Newport Bridge does not allow bicycles, I hopped in my car, with my bike in the back, and headed over to Jamestown for my last stop of the day. A short ride from the Jamestown Golf Course, up Narragansett Ave through the main village area, then onto Lawn Ave to the Jamestown Cal Ripken baseball fields. Paiva Field is the home field for Jamestown Cal Ripken and is located on the campus of the Jamestown Elementary School. As the sun was setting, I was able to catch a few photos and videos of the field.
It was an incredible Day 2 of my Rhode Island Baseball Field Bike Relay Ride Spectacular. In total, I visited Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport (Little League), Newport (Cardines), and Jamestown baseball fields. Special thanks to my wife Rachel for helping me with maps, videos, and supporting my passion for baseball.
Stay tuned for next week as I am doing a special North Kingstown edition of the Rhode Island Baseball Field Relay Bike Ride. I plan on visiting 8 baseball fields that are near and dear to me, having coached at, played on, or cheered on my kids at in North Kingstown. All for now. Have a great day everyone!!!