Rock Cats fans say goodbye to their team in 15-inning marathon

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)– It’s the end of an era here in Connecticut. For decades the New Britain Rock Cats provided family-friendly entertainment at family-friendly prices and Sunday night they took home field for the last time ever.

“I’m going to miss a lot of people,” said Rock Cats fan, Joe Torombetta.

Long goodbyes are never easy but at New Britain stadium it’s apparently the only way a central Connecticut baseball institution knows how to say goodbye as the game ended after 15 innings.

There were the typical sounds and smells but through it all there were definitely some mixed emotions.

“Being from New Britain, it’s kind of tough because childhood tradition ever year from elementary school up to middle school for opening day New Britain public schools. It’s just tough to know that’s not going to happen for kids now,” said Gary Jarossy, Rock Cats fan.

From here the Rock Cats will change their name to the Yard Goats and move up north to Hartford.

Tuesday New Britain’s mayor, Erin Stewart, told News 8 that the city and the independent Atlantic League have finalized the first part of a lease agreement that could bring a new team to New Britain as early as 2016.

The Rock Cats defeated the Portland Sea Dogs, 7-5, in 15 innings.

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