Sometimes the world is nothing more than a hamster running on a wheel.
No matter how long it turns, it seems to come back around to the same place.
In fashion, old becoming new again is called retro. In music, it’s called a cover.
In movies, it’s a remake. How many flicks have been nothing more than loose interpretations of Cinderella already?
That’s Hagerstown in a nutshell. It is a constant retro-fitting, cover or remake of the same old problems made new — lack of jobs, lack of industry, decaying downtown and, yes, the Hagerstown Suns/stadium issue.
It is like a continuous looping of that cinematic masterpiece, Groundhog Day. That’s the film in which Bill Murray wakes up and repeats the same day over and over again and tries to figure out why.
In Hagerstown, it’s more like Ground Ball Day.
For the better part of 25 years, the city and the Suns have been locked in this docudrama/comedy concerning Municipal Stadium. It is an issue that is there day after day because neither side will make an ultimate decision.
Neither wants to be the villain in this feature.
So, here we are, it’s 2012 and the hamster wheel is bringing around another version of Ground Ball Day.
Local government officials and Suns ownership are once again playing that game of “Chicken,” looking to author their own version of a happy ending.
Ironically, this Saturday will mark 20 years since Hagerstown made a strong decision about the stadium and its relationship with the Suns.
On Feb. 18, 1992, Hagerstown Mayor Steven T. Sager announced that a decision had been made to allow the Double A version of the Suns to leave town.
After a two-hour meeting with Suns officials, the final conclusion was that it was too expensive for the city to refurbish the stadium to the required levels needed to keep that team.
The decision was to let the Suns move and pursue a team on the Single A level, which would require less expensive improvements to the stadium.
It is all sounding rather familiar.
Today, the faces in the cast of characters for this version of Ground Ball Day have changed, but the roles remain the same.
* The Hagerstown Suns star in a real-life portrayal of the Hagerstown Suns.
* Robert E. Bruchey II takes the role of Sager, the Hagerstown mayor who wants what’s best for the city and would like to find that compromise to make everyone happy, but has his hands tied.
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