In spring a young man’s fancy turns to…baseball!

— Ready or not, here comes baseball.

Syracuse Chiefs groundskeeper John Stewart and his crew worked overtime last week scraping ice out of the dugouts at NBT Bank Stadium, where the local International League entry hopes to open its season at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

The top farm club of the Washington Nationals, the Chiefs will face New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, who remain in town for games at 5 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 474-7833; syracusechiefs.com.

Dollar Thursdays

On Opening Day the Chiefs’ new front office staff unveils its first “Dollar Thursday” promotion of the year. On Thursdays, Hofmann hot dogs, Coca-Cola sodas and Saranac, Budweiser and LaBatt beers will each cost only a dollar. General admission will cost $3.

Fireworks will follow Friday’s game, and 500 fans will receive a free Coca Cola fleece blanket on Saturday. Kids age 12 and younger get in free on Sunday, and can run the bases after the game. Special guest Reggy the Purple Party Dude will cut up with Chiefs mascots Scooch and Pops at all four games.

Let’s hope the sun shines…

Chiefs return to radio

Fans will hear the Syracuse Chiefs on radio again this season. The home team returns to The Score 1260 (WSKO-AM) in 2014, after trying out an “online-only” approach during the 2013 season.

The team and WSKO parent Cumulus Media announced the deal on Nov. 13. All 144 of the Chiefs’ regular season games will be carried live on the sports-talk station, which served as the Chiefs’ broadcast home in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

New Chiefs General Manager Jason Smorol, who lives in Liverpool, didn’t understand last year’s online-only broadcasts.

“Why would you just want to be on the Internet,” he asked. “The fans wanted us to be on the radio. The radio wanted us to be on the radio. I don’t think it’s that hard. Everyone wanted us to be on the radio. We’re on the radio.”

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