This is the view from behind home plate at Heritage Park. Once upon a time, if you sat in this spot you could watch a baseball game. Now you can sit and watch the weeds grow.
You can tell where the field was, but any hint of the game they played here, the baselines, pitcherâ€™s mound, the dugouts — they are all obliterated.
Heritage Park was once home to the Albany-Colonie Aâ€™s, Yankees and finally the Diamond Dogs. I always thought they should have named a team The Shakers, in memory of the people who lived here communally, worshipped, and worked the land.
While baseball is just a memory, you can glimpse the shadow of the Shakers all around. Just beyond what was once the baseball stadium is a Shaker cemetery and whatâ€™s left of their orchards. Farther off you can see some of their buildings still standing on what was Â Americaâ€™s first Shaker settlement.
Shaker founder Ann Lee told her followers, “Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow.”
Not bad advice, whether you are swinging a bat or plowing a field.