MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It has been a process of patience for WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey, less than a year on the job, so much of it spent looking toward finalizing plans for a new baseball stadium. With the Morgantown TIF bill officially passing through the legislature Wednesday, the Mountaineers skipper can finally rest assured in the future of the new park.
“I haven’t been around West Virginia baseball long, but I can’t imagine in the history of this program that there has been more of a milestone event than what transpired Wednesday,” Mazey said. “This has to be possibly one of the greatest days in the history of WVU baseball.”
A complete turnaround from the reaction last weekend when the TIF bill didn’t make it to a vote on the House floor because of conflicts with another bill involving magistrate pay raises.
“Saturday evening I got on my iPad and actually listened to the live audio out of the legislature, which is a first for me,” Mazey said. “Sometimes in life you can’t get everything that you want. When that happens, you can’t cry or pout about it. You just have to change plans, move on and adjust. That’s what I was prepared to do.”
As it wound up, he didn’t have to change those plans as the bill passed through a special session Wednesday, clearing the biggest hurdles for the new ballpark.
“When it didn’t get approved last Saturday, a lot of people could have just given up on it and got down,” Mazey said. “Instead, they just kept going, and that’s kind of the story of our program, we just keep grinding. That’s what a lot of people did, starting with Oliver Luck on down. A lot of thanks to everybody out there who had a hand in it.”
Naturally, though, after all of the back-and-forth of getting things in place for the new park, Mazey won’t be completely at rest until ground is actually broken.
“I would love to see when it is final that we actually do put it in stone. That might be something we put at the front of the stadium, somebody’s signature on a big stone out front just to make sure that it is set in stone,” Mazey joked. “But it looks at this point that it’s definitely going to happen and it’s really exciting for WVU baseball.”