With the crack of the bat, baseball was back in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Thursday night was opening day for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field in Moosic, and folks flocked in from all over to see the boys of summer in action.
“Oh you can`t beat this, a long depressing winter and you come over, I was telling my buddy how exciting it is to be outside for the home opener. We don`t want to miss the first pitch, I`m excited,” said Joe Pinto from Dunmore.
“It`s fantastic, like they said, long depressing winter`s over, we`re ready for some baseball,” said Alfredo Pisa from Dunmore.
Many said the weather made for a perfect home opener.
“It`s beautiful actually, it`s like the most beautiful night in the past seven years so I`m glad.”
Inside the gift shop, fans loaded up on team gear, including jersey`s worn by the players.
“Game used minor league jersey, that`s pretty cool,” said Kevin Lisicki from Mountain Top.
This year the team is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and team officials said plenty of fun events are planned to mark the milestone.
Already, the team is showing off some new attractions at the stadium to make the time spent there all the more enjoyable.
“It`s great to see a lot of people out too. It`s awesome how many people come out for this, it's wild,” said Mike Castellano from Scranton.
The RailRiders have home games at PNC Field through Sunday then they are playing in Buffalo, NY next week.