Astros, Nationals suffer minor damage — but not at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals suffered some minor damage last week in downtown West Palm Beach.

This frame fell off the wall last Friday and crashed onto the floor.

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the teams’ $148 million spring training complex south of 45th Street, is doing just fine and remains on schedule to open in a few weeks.

But last Friday, maintenance workers were seen picking up the pieces after a glass frame containing Astros and Nationals jerseys fell from a wall on the sixth floor of the Weisman Palm Beach County Governmental Center.

What caused the frame to dislodge from its mount on a wall outside the County Commission chambers is a mystery. But the crash was so loud it was heard on the first floor of the atrium-style building.

“I would like to tell you that Robert Redford hit a towering home run which shattered the glass,’’ assistant county administrator Todd Bonlarron said, referring to the movie The Natural, “but unfortunately the frame just split.’’

The jerseys were a gift from the teams after the county commission in 2015 approved the facility, which is being financed in part with $108 million in revenue from a county tax on hotels and motels.

The frame was mounted in the lobby of the sixth floor, on a wall next to a door used by commissioners to access their dais in the commission meeting room.

No word yet on when, or if, the frame will be replaced.

Seems like the soonest way to see Nationals and Astros jerseys side by side is Feb. 28 when the teams square off for the inaugural game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.


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