See photos below of an abandoned Heritage Park in Colonie before it was leveled in 2009

This one hurts, I can't lie.

Anytime I see a place in the Capital Region left "abandoned," I'm always naturally curious to see it.  But this one hurt because I grew up going to games here, even interned with the Albany-Colonie Yankees back in 1992.  I was there - along with over 10,000 fans -  when Ron Guidry made a rehab start for the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Photo: A-C Yankees Facebook Page
Photo: A-C Yankees Facebook Page
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Once upon a time, this was Upstate New York's "Field of Dreams"

Hard to believe that back in the 80s and 90s, this is the field where Yankee greats like Jeter, Posada, Williams, Rivera, and Pettite once played.  Heritage Park in Colonie was completely leveled back in 2009, and now if you drive by, all you see is vacated, baron land.

Before demolition, a man named Doug Kerr snapped some of these photos which are a painful look (for me anyway) at a classic ballpark left to die. But in even these photos, I can still hear the crack of the bat, breathe in the smell of the grass, taste the dirty water hot dog and hear the PA announcer announcing the batter.

I guess it's hard to let a good thing go.

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