Our friend Daedalus went to see the Bats in my home state of Virginia recently, and her trip could have gone better. It’s an interesting report, though, and she has some great pictures, as always. I think she likes Jay Bruce. So do I.

If you’ve been to Richmond, the Braves’ stadium — The Diamond — is a dump. It’s embarrassing. I’ve been to every minor league stadium in Virginia (except one), and The Diamond is a joke.

Now, I went to a game there when I was young, right after it opened. This was years ago, but I thought it was a fairly nice stadium. Daryl Strawberry was playing for the visiting Tidewater (now Norfolk) Tides, and I believe Reds hitting coach Brook Jacoby may have been playing at that time, too.

I do love a good minor league road trip, though. I’m hoping to catch the Tides next week when I’m out there for a conference, and I may even get to take in a Nationals game, if I can stand it.

(By the way, don’t miss the reports of a pretty good day — here and here and here — that Daedalus had recently. Great photos. I’d been meaning to link, and now is as good a time as any.)