When an alumnus of a school generously donates $2.2 million to upgrade the school's athletic complexes, and that alumnus happens to be Thomas Tull, Chief Executive of Legendary Entertainment, and part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it's almost a given that the opening of the new state of the art baseball stadium will have a lot of fanfare. Baseball Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Goose Gossage, and Joe Morgan joined Tull to help unveil the new field. While Morgan had to leave early to be back in Cincinnati for Wednesday night's game, Gossage and Bench were on the field and participated in the ribbon cutting and the ceremonial first pitch.
Bench grew up in Oklahoma and Gossage in Colorado, so both know the challenges of dealing with weather when trying to play baseball in the early spring. They praise the beauty and practicality of having an all turf field. Bench says a field like M-E's will encourage more kids to play baseball, and says that's what the game needs at this time.