Former Bison Colwell back on his old stomping grounds at Newman
FARGO—Air Force One that carried President Donald Trump to Fargo on Wednesday night was on the ground at nearby Hector International Airport. A military helicopter presumably on guard was flying by Newman Outdoor Field.
Singer Lee Greenwood entered the stadium in a small 1942 Army jeep, which was used during World War II, singing a song emphasizing the red, white and blue. The three-man Patriot Parachute Team made a successful landing in center field. The timing was appropriate considering it was Military Appreciation Night, with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball team donning their camouflage jerseys against the Texas Airhogs during their 5-3 win.
The last time Tim Colwell wore any shade of green as the home team at Newman was in 2014 when he was a senior at North Dakota State.
It's good to be home again, especially in front of a sellout crowd of 4,956—the largest at Newman since June of last season. The RedHawks rewarded the home fans with a 5-3 victory.
"It's really tough to complain about still playing baseball," Colwell said. "I'm just enjoying it while I can and trying to make the most of it."
At 26 years old, he said he's going to try and play baseball as long as he can. He does have other options if and when he so chooses. He was an academic All-American at NDSU with a major in zoology and a minor in chemistry.
Medical school hasn't been ruled out.
"I got a good education at NDSU and hopefully when I'm done playing baseball I'll have something figured out," Colwell said. "I evaluate things after every year. If I still want to keep playing I guess I'll keep doing it as long as I have the option. It's a year by year thing for me."
Colwell was traded to the RedHawks in the offseason, but started the year on the inactive list while still recovering from hip surgery. He's in his fifth year of professional baseball with all of them being spent in the American Association.
Colwell hit .281 for St. Paul last season, but was traded to Lincoln in the off season. That didn't last. He was traded again to Fargo-Moorhead about a month before the season with the first order of business rehabilitating from a procedure that addressed a tear in his hip.
"I guess it's pretty common, especially among a lot of hockey players in particular," Colwell said. "I needed to get it repaired because it was really hurting last year."
Colwell was hitting .274 heading into Wednesday. He has played 19 games on a team that improved to 19-17 in the North Division. It was a perfect night for baseball with clear skies and a temperature of 87 degrees at the first pitch.
With games in the spring at NDSU, an 87-degree day would have been rare.
"You get used to a lot of 50s during the spring," Colwell said. "This is my first time being in Fargo during the summer, so finally getting some nicer weather here."
Colwell wasn't in the starting lineup, but it didn't matter in the early innings against the Airhogs, who at 8-27 are at the bottom of the American Association. The RedHawks plated three in the third inning against a leaky Airhog defense.