When Ogden Raptors pro baseball team owner Dave Baggett accepted an Indie Ogden award for “best local team” this year, he asked who in the large audience had attended a Raptors game. Most of the crowd raised their hand. Dave was in shock. He has since talked many times about how much that meant to him and that he didn’t know he was reaching this audience. He also offered everyone in attendance a free ticket to see a game if you email him, so don’t forget to take him up on that!
I have a confession, though I’ve attended a game each year with our accountant, I’m not really a sports fan type. I go for the fun of it and to support our home team. Ogden is lucky to have a pro team – besides the Raptors there’s only one other pro team — the Bees in Salt Lake.
Fun facts about the Ogden Raptors:
- The Raptors name is based on a dinosaur. The logo is patterned off a dinosaur at the George S Eccles dinosaur park in Ogden. An Ogden resident submitted the name in a contest and won lifetime tickets to see the Ogden Raptors play. She hasn’t missed a game since!
- The Ogden Raptors are in the Pioneer League and the club has played at Lindquist Field for 20 years this year. They are an affiliate of the LA Dodgers.
- The view of the mountains from at Lindquist Field, right near the heart of downtown Ogden, is known as having the best view in professional baseball.
- Lindquist Field is named after former Raptors co-owner John A. Lindquist whose family owns Lindquist Mortuary in Ogden. It was that donation that made it possible to build the stadium.
- There used to be a hot tub but things got too wild and it was too hard to maintain, so that was shut down and today there’s a playground for the kids.
- Baseball fans have gotten married at the park and many have gotten engaged there. The team announcers can sometimes help!
- There are no tryouts for singing of the national anthem (not sure if any other pro team that doesn’t have auditions). If you want to do it and no one else has claimed the day, it’s yours. You do have to purchase a ticket.
- Besides the Wasatch Mountains, the view towards the outfield includes the Ogden temple. According to this story, Baggott tried but ultimately wasn’t successful in getting the LDS church’s leadership to turn the angel Moroni to face so it looks like it is watching the game. He claimed that Notre Dame has Touchdown Jesus, so why not giving Utah a “Home Run Moroni”?
- Players who come from all over the world stay with local families during the season.
Special Days at the Park
Here’s a schedule for this year’s games. The box office opens from 9am to 5pm on non game days or until 8pm on game days. Call 801.393.2400 to schedule. Please tell them Indie Ogden sent you.