You may not realize it, but the Capital Region is home to some of the oldest and most competitive amateur baseball in the country.

The Albany Twilight League, founded in 1930, gets set for its 85th season when the Albany Athletics and Albany Senators open up play on Thursday evening at Bleecker Stadium in Albany.

The league which consists of eight teams, (two four-team divisions) is extremely competitive and is home to several current and former collegiate stars. Several players from the Division I ranks make the Twilight League their summer place to play, while several professional players have come through the league during their career.

Hint-hint: We'll talk to one tomorrow in Cleveland Indians farmhand/Siena product Justin Brantley.

As the league gets set for Opening Night, we spoke to Joe Altieri, who is in his 20th year as the GM/HC of the Albany Athletics. We spoke about the league itself, the festivities for opening night, and my 2012 All-Star game start....