The Bakersfield Blaze getting a new stadium is long overdue. My ball cap is off to Gene Voiland and Chad Hathaway for spearheading this great project. I, like many local players, grew up playing baseball at Sam Lynn Ballpark. I played in the Cal-Mex League back in the '80s. It was about sunflower seeds, bubble gum, Skoal and Red Man. Great baseball!

The new stadium is going to revitalize baseball here in Bakersfield, and Kern County as a whole. California is about baseball. Look at those San Francisco Giants -- two World Series championships in the last three years. Sam Lynn Ballpark will always have great memories, but it's time to move into the future for baseball fans' enjoyment.

Art Hernandez