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Players on Yard Goats open up about always being on road

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Yard Goats at batting practice (WFSB) Yard Goats at batting practice (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Hartford Yard Goats are getting used to playing on the road all the time. Their home stadium, Dunkin Donuts Park, has yet to open even though the season started more than two months ago.

The minor league baseball players signed up to play in a ball park everyday. They were not expecting all the delays and controversy surrounding the new stadium in Hartford.

The team said a recent trip to Pennsylvania was no big deal and they were prepared to play away from home for an extended period of time.

It's just that opening day in Hartford keeps getting pushed further back.

"I don't know if it's frustration. It's more anxious. We want to get in there. A bunch of us have taken a stadium tour. We've seen how nice it is," said outfielder Dillon Thomas.

Infielder Ryan McMahon explained, "It would be nice to be in the same place for more than three or four days at a time. We do get to be the home team sometimes on the road, but it sure would be nice to have a home stadium. That's for sure."

The difficulty in completing construction of Dunkin Donuts Park is testing the patience of the players.

The team is determined not to let a strong first half of the season to be blown up by outside interference.

The Yard Goats said no matter where they are playing, they team is on the field to play ball.

"Our job is to be ready on the field to do our job, and if we are prepared that way, then we are going to be fine," said Yard Goats manager Darin Everson.

Infielder Pat Valaika explained, "I've always heard that adversity brings teams closer. This isn't a great situation, but we are pulling together because it's the only way we are getting it done."

The team is 10 games about .500, and right in the thick of a pennant race.

They have already been together for more than two months.

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