Legion baseball Cubs set to start practicing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The traditional early-spring call to “play ball” may finally come this week for the Dillon Cubs.

“We’re hoping to start with small-group practices on Wednesday,” Dillon Cubs Head Coach Greg Fitzgerald informed the Dillon Tribune yesterday of his team’s planned, initial gettogether of the season set for today, Wednesday, April 29, after weeks of “delay ball” caused by Governor Steve Bullock’s “shelter at home” directive.

Following Bullock announcement last week that the State of Montana was moving into a Phase 1 of reopening, representatives of the more than five dozen teams of Montana-Alberta American Legion Baseball met last weekend via Zoom and decided to give the go-ahead for teams to start practicing this week—provided they gained the permission of their local governments.

“It’s exciting that we may have the opportunity to play this season, with some other states having already shut it down for baseball for year,” said Fitzgerald, who met with members of the Dillon Cubs board Monday night to discuss the team’s immediate future, with the permission to start practicing at Ray Lynch Park needed from the City of Dillon and the Beaverhead County Health Department still pending.

“We are all just hopeful everything keeps going on the right path with the new normal,” said Fitzgerald of the era the world entered this year with the coronavirus pandemic that led to, among many other disruptions, the cancellation of high school spring sports seasons and put the American Legion springsummer season in grave doubt.

“These kids have had so many things cancelled this year,” commented Fitzgerald, who said the Cubs are scheduled to open their season in late May.

“It’s nice for them to have something to look forward to.”