2020 has been a year of ups and downs, and the past few weeks of baseball announcements have been much like the whole of the year.
This spring and summer the pandemic greatly limited opportunities to gather in the beautiful Dell Diamond to enjoy America’s national pastime. Then came the news in November that the relationship with the Houston Astros would be coming to an end. At the time, the businesses community shared the disappointments and concerns that were natural in the moment.
The Round Rock Express responded with gratitude and confidence. Gratitude for the twelve-year relationship with the Astros, and confidence about the future, saying, “Round Rock, Texas is the best Minor League Baseball city in America and we cannot wait to provide the exceptional gameday experience that Central Texas baseball fans have come to expect at Dell Diamond in 2021.”
So it was worthy of celebration when, just nineteen days later, the news came that Triple-A Baseball would remain a part of Round Rock through a renewed relationship with the Texas Rangers.
That day, Round Rock Express President Chris Almendarez issued this statement on their twitter page (@RRExpress):
Chris and his whole team are to be commended for their work to maintain Round Rock as a home for Triple-A Baseball. On behalf of our investors and the business community we want to express our hearty congratulations and thanks to them for their work that is so beneficial to the entire community!
The Round Rock Express is without question one of the gems of our city that make Round Rock a destination of choice for so many families and businesses. It is one of the many reasons our city can “punch above our weight” to mix sport metaphors.
This was an early Christmas gift for Round Rock, and another reason to look forward to 2021 with optimism. More good things are coming our way. I’m excited to celebrate them, when we can again safely gather, in the ballpark with a hot dog and beer in-hand and sing, “Take me out me out to the ballgame” with our friends and family.