Baseball in Connecticut has a long and complicated history, which is evidenced by the Hartford Yard Goats who will begin play this year. While the Yard Goats are new, the franchise can be traced back to the Pittsfield Red Sox, who played in Pittsfield, MA, from 1965-1969. After the 1969 season, the MLB Red Sox wanted to move their double-A team closer to Boston, so they moved the team to Pawtucket, RI, in 1970. The Boston Red Sox relocated its AAA team to Pawtucket in 1973, so the AA team moved again to Bristol, CT. The Bristol Red Sox remained in Bristol until 1983, when they moved to New Britain.
After the 1994 season, the Red Sox left New Britain in favor of the Trenton Thunder (with whom they were affiliated until 2003, when the Portland Sea Dogs became their AA Eastern League Affiliate). Thus, the New Britain franchise was renamed the Hardware City Rock Cats when it became affiliated with the Minnesota Twins in 1995. The Twins remained in New Britain through the 2014 season, although the team was renamed the New Britain Rock Cats in 1997.
For the 2015 season, the Colorado Rockies took over the New Britain Rock Cats as their double-A team. In 2016, the franchise will move to a new, state-of-the-art stadium in Hartford, Ct. That is, whenever it’s completed.
What’s most important in the team’s history, however, is their new jingle, based on their old jingle, which the team unveiled last week. We need more team jingles!