Sarti: Nat Bailey Stadium, the Canadians, and Vancouver baseball’s mythic past

From Doug Sarti at on June 21, 2019:

We’re in baseball’s sweet spot right now.

Fall is long-off, and all things are still possible: It’s one week into Vancouver Canadians’ 2019 season and a .500 record, post-season play, and even (here’s hoping!) a league championship are still on the table.

And then there’s Nat Bailey Stadium. Parts sports facility and part time machine, the gorgeous 68-year-old ballpark is force of its own, and an integral part of the Vancouver baseball experience, transporting baseball fans back to the sport’s mythic past.

It’s a fact that Canadians’ president Andy Dunn knows very well.

“We have great pride in what’s happened in this building, in this park,” he says. “I think ballparks have stories to tell, and we’ve done a really nice job here of maintaining that original feel in everything we do, we want it to all tie back to that original Nat Bailey feeling.”

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Originally published: June 28, 2019. Last Updated: June 28, 2019.