A chilly start to a new Silver Knights era at Holman

The new Nashua Silver Knights Era has begun.

If you think about it, there’s really been three – the early years under owner Drew Weber when he owned both the Knights and the Lowell Spinners, had Tim Bawmann as his president, etc. Resources galore.

Then for a couple of years, there was the Weber Sans Spinners Era. The resources weren’t exactly plentiful, but the product was still good.

And on Wednesday night, the Silver Knights Creedon Era began. The owner was not making his way from New York, trying to get here in time for the ceremonies as Weber would. Weber never hid the fact that he was an absentee owner, and when he realized that would no longer work, he sold the team to Worcester Bravehearts John Creedon, Jr.

“I remember telling you at the end of last season it was going to be a crazy off-season,” Silver Knights field manager B.J. Neverett said. “Drew was a great owner to work for, he treated the kids great. But he did the best thing for the team at the time (by selling it).

“Having the Creedons here has been great. It’s nice to have the owner here on Opening Day.”

The one thing Creedon knows is it’s going to take time. They came in and basically tore things down to start over – in March. When you open in May, you know the first year you are going to be feeling your way.

The season ticket holders and sponsors were treated to a pre-game meal reception down the right field line. Knights fan Darryl Leahy of Manchester was thrilled. If the team had to be sold, he’s glad it went to the Creedons.

“It’s good to know we’ve got a good owner,” he said. “They care about how we feel, what we need.”

The Silver Knights’ landlords, the City of Nashua, certainly had to be watching the crazy off-season of change with a lot of interest.

“It was insane,” Park-Recreation Superintendent Nick Caggiano, who loved working with Weber, said. “I understood Drew real well. But I can’t imagine trying to run something like this 700 miles away.

“I’m really impressed with (the Creedons). New energy. I saw it all week. No one stops moving. They tell me they’re going to do things, and it’s no problem. I think it’s long term.”

Likwise, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, who as usual tossed out the first pitch, is happy. So happy he has a little wager with Nashua/Worcester VP Dave Peterson on which team has a better year on the field, the Bravehearts or the Silver Knights.

“Yes, definitely,” he said. “John Creedon is out there greeting fans as they come in. You can see there’s a lot of energy from the team and its staff. I’m optimistic about things off the field – and on the field.”

This opener had a different feel to it. It was early April weather in late May, cold, cloudy. A mid-week opener rather than on a weekend, for the first time in the nine years of the franchise. No pre-game Ring Ceremony, because there was no championship last year. Although as Neverett said, “I liked opening up at home.”

A night for baseball?

“Of course it is,” Creedon said, smiling. “We’ve got the pop corn popping, the hot dogs cooking and the beer is cold. It feels like baseball to me.”

“It’s great to be back,” Leahy said. “Love this place. Just the feel of it. It’s got character.”

You hope the New Era, Era III if you will, of the Nashua Silver Knights, will too.

Tom King can be reached at 594-1251,tking@nashuatelegraph.com., or @Telegraph_TomK.