Pioneer league: Fan-friendly fun — Ogden Raptors, Orem Owlz hope for big things on field, in stands
"People have enough worries today, especially with the economy with the way it is. People are worried about mortage payments and car payments and paying the light bill and feeding their kids; they shouldn't have to worry about coming to the ballpark. In fact, we should be the alternative. It's a place to go to forget about your troubles for three hours."
Baggott, the Raptors' team founder and co-owner, sees the keys to a successful franchise as a cooperative effort between ownership, the team, fans and the business community.
"This is the longest single-running minor league baseball group in Ogden's history, and we're very proud of that," he said. "We've got good share-holders, good fans, a great community and the support of the business community with corporate sponsorships.
"And if they all don't get involved — I don't care if it's Ogden, Salt Lake, Orem, Columbus, Ohio, wherever — if they all don't get involved, it won't work. The franchise has to be as much of an asset to the community as the community needs to be an asset for the ballclub. It all has to blend together and work or it will fail.
"I've always said from day one, there's no such thing as bad baseball towns, just bad baseball operators," Baggott said. "Our number one mission statement is to be part of the community."
And in Ogden City and Weber County, judging from the Raptors' ever-rising fan attendance and support, you'd be safe to say "mission accomplished."
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