Here’s why I’m not a big fan of baseball
That funny creature is the Syracuse University mascot, Otto the Orangeman. His rounded figure brings back memories for me of a game that is loud, squeaky, exciting, and most importantly, FAST PACED.
That game is basketball.
It’s very hard for someone who’s fallen in love with college basketball to settle into a game where there’s a stretch….A STRETCH for the fans at the 7th inning.
That said, I don’t like baseball but…
Minor League Baseball may change that.
Recently The Mister took it upon himself to plan a ‘family night’ as we call it around these parts. His surprise?
Frederick Keys Baseball Game
We have heard from other families in our neighborhood [link to other article] who went to a minor league baseball game like the Frederick Keys and the Bowie Baysox, and raved about it. (In case you didn’t know, the Washington, DC and Baltimore area is BIG on baseball. Did you know crowds here scream out “O!” for Orioles when it comes to the part, “O say does that star spangled..” during the National Anthem?)
What makes it so much fun?
Good seats for cheap
You can get up close and personal to the action and not empty your wallet doing so. I think our upgraded tickets were maybe $15 each. General admission was only $8 I think. We were close enough to hear the sharp crack of the bat and see the dirt fly as players slid into first base.
Apparently this is a thing minor league games are known for. During various breaks in the game, they have fans come out and participate in silly races like see who can make a giant hamburger in the shortest amount of time, or spin around with your head on a baseball bat and then try and ‘golf’. That last one always cracks me up as the participants run sideways and in this case, ended up in the dugout!
Kids are VIPs
At the Frederick Keys stadium there is an entire area devoted to kids with a carousel, moon bounces, and carnival games. Sure, it all costs a little extra but we’re talking $1.00 for each or you can give in and by a booklet of tickets for maybe $10.
Not only that, at the end of the game kids are encouraged to ‘run the bases’ so they can feel what it’s like to get out onto the diamond and under the bright lights just like the players.
[photo of girls running bases]
I imagine there is at least one kid in every car talking about growing up to be a baseball player on the ride home after each game.
All of this first-class kid treatment leads up to the finale…
Yes, real 4th of July type fireworks afterward. I don’t think this happens every game and I don’t know if other minor league games have them, but the Frederick Keys do!
The season is basically over but for more information visit the Frederick Keys page of the MiLB website and to find a minor league team in your area visit minorleaguebaseball.com.