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Regions Field prepares to host annual 'throw back' game

Birmingham plays Chattanooga Wednesday at 7:05 p.m in the annual Rickwood Classic. It's the first time in 21 years the "Classic" will not be played at Rickwood Field (abc3340.com)

The Barons annual "turn back the clock" game moves from Rickwood Field to Regions Field.

Birmingham plays Chattanooga Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in it's "Turn Back The Clock Game". For the first time in 21 years, Rickwood Field will not host the "Rickwood Classic".

Rickwood Field, the oldest professional ballpark in the United States, is undergoing "emergency repairs". The city of Birmingham has budgeted $450,000 in bond funds for the repairs and expects the historic venue to be ready for events in 2018.

"It's definitely a bummer, definitely a bummer that we're not going to get the chance to play again," Barons infielder Eddy Alvarez said. "Last year, I had the opportunity of doing it and it did feel like I was playing back in the day. Just the atmosphere and the way the speakers sound when they call your name and the old time music. It's really cool"

"I think we're still gonna have a lot of fun here obviously.," Barons manager Julio Vinas said. "There's just so much history behind the game itself, guys that have played on that field and gone through there, you know. It'll be missed but hopefully it's a tradition that will start again next year."

The "Turn Back The Clock Game" is a tribute to the "Fabulous 50s" and the four year that the Barons were affiliated with the New York Yankees.

Ironically, former New York Met Mookie Wilson will be the guest of honor.

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