This has been a strange but fun ride. First were we getting a baseball team back here in Amarillo or not? Then yes, it was decided it would be.

Then a name. We had to have a name. The Sod Poodles? What is a Sod Poodle? Then it came to the actual naming and how the name grew on us. We would be SO mad if that wasn't chosen. Oh, but it was.

Then there was a lot of debate about the downtown parking. Oh but the day got here. April 8th, 2019 was our first home game. Oh and did Amarillo show up. They sure did. They have been supporting the Amarillo Sod Poodles ever since.

Sunday was our last home game of the first half of the season. We finished it out with another sold out crowd. I even made it to my first game on Friday. The Sod Poodles are here to stay.

Credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Who would have thought how the first half would end? We have been in the hunt to win the first half and secure us a place in the postseason come September. It all came down to last night's game.

We needed to win and we needed some help. We needed Midland to lose. Oh, and they did. So check that box. We also needed the victory on the road in Arkansas. We were able to do that too. Check that box off. Even won it pretty easily 8 - 2.

So here we are on June 18th and we are Texas League South Division First Half Champions. Not bad for a city that wasn't sure if we would get baseball again or if Amarillo will support them.

I guess it's safe to say regardless that Amarillo is making it's mark in AA Baseball! So now we can all go out and buy THESE!