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Last updated: April 04. 2013 12:09AM - 3057 Views
By JOHN MEDEIROS



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It was just a year ago at this time that we were looking to help area baseball fans plan some summer vacations. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were nomads — their Moosic home undergoing a facelift of mammoth proportions.


The team’s home schedule featured zero games at its home park. Instead, they were on the road for 144 contests, with the bulk of their so-called home games played at four locations in New York.


The Yankees, jokingly called the Empire State Yankees by folks in Rochester, never came back, as the team was rebranded as the RailRiders for 2013. The team hopes to ride the express train of momentum off the name change into the IL playoffs and avoid getting needled along the way.


For the region’s baseball fans, we have our home back. Your credit card company may not be happy, but there’s plenty of money to save while enjoying a RailRiders game at PNC Field this season.


Here’s some of the savings fans who traveled to take in a minor league baseball game last season can enjoy this year by cheering for the RailRiders instead of being a car rider.


Game atGasOtherTotal


2012 home fields

Lehigh Valley$25.90$10.10$36.00


Syracuse, N.Y.$48.65$5.00$53.65


Rochester, N.Y.$71.40$12.40$83.80


Batavia, N.Y.$80.50$0$80.50


Buffalo, N.Y.$93.45$18.00$111.45


Pawtucket, R.I.$98.70$3.00$101.70


Other minor league options

Binghamton, N.Y.$24.50$3.0027.50


Williamsport$29.40$0$29.40


Reading$33.25$0$33.25


Fishkill, N.Y.$37.45$4.00$41.45


Harrisburg$41.30$3.00$44.30


All of these places are great places to watch a game. If you are already traveling, they make great stops along the way, but why make a trip when we have a team right here? Either way, you have to buy tickets, so they were not included in the savings. Also, with the vast array of concession deals offered at PNC Field and other stadiums, differences there were nominal and therefore not included. Gas and all savings are approximate, with gas based on 20 mpg and a wishful cost of $3.50 per gallon.


As for your time, that’s priceless. The savings you get not driving for an hour or more cannot be measured in a chart.


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