The Charm and Whimsy of Minor League Baseball
Ok, whimsy is a bit much, but it is a fun word. The point is that attending a minor league baseball game is a good time, and can be compared favorably to the major league experience. Regardless of the team affiliation or classification, these games present a fun, affordable alternative to a major league ballgame, particularly if you have young children and the family is in tow.
The cool part is that these hidden gems can be found all over the country, and regardless of where you may reside, chances are good that there is a minor league or independent league team nearby.
For me, there are the Lakeshore Chinooks of the independent Northwoods League, which consists of college kids playing ball over the summer in an abbreviated season. I attended several of these games this season, some with my young daughter, and it was a blast.
You may have noticed the unusual nickname of the team mentioned above. Here are a few more colorful minor league nicknames for your amusement.
Albuquerque Isotopes: You may recognize this name from The Simpsons.
Montgomery Biscuits: Mmmm….wholesome goodness.
Savannah Sand Gnats: Intimidating, yes.
Lansing Lugnuts: Really?
Las Vegas 51’s: Conspiracy theorists rejoice.
Of course, these names are typically derived from something local and are indicative of the area, but they are creative nonetheless.
Another amusing aspect of minor league baseball is the imaginative promotions that take place at the ballpark. From the Fresno Grizzlies conducting Kevin Federline Night, to various Retro or Mustache Appreciation Nights, there is always something interesting taking place.
Rest assured, you will not be seeing a tribute to the film Office Space, or a George Costanza Opposite Night at a major league ballpark anytime soon.
The beauty part of baseball in general is the fact that the game is essentially the same regardless of the level of play. Obviously, the talent at the major league level is vastly superior, and it is always entertaining watching the best ballplayers in the world perform their craft.
However, the fundamental appeal of watching a baseball game remains the same, whether you are watching a major league team, or their Class A affiliate. You can still keep score, and get lost in the situations and statistical nuances of the game. I would argue that this could not be said for other sports such as football or basketball, where it is difficult to sit through a game if the skill level is not sufficient.
Baseball, in this sense, remains pure. And you can enjoy most minor league games without being gouged economically for tickets, parking, concessions, etc.
So, next season, do yourself a favor and check out your local minor or independent league team.
I assure you, a good time will be had by all.
Posted on August 19, 2013, in 2013, MLB and tagged Albuquerque Isotopes, Fresno Grizzlies, George Costanza, Kevin Federline, Lakeshore Chinooks, Lansing Lugnuts, Las Vegas 51s, Minor League baseball, Montgomery Biscuits, Northwoods League, Office Space, Savannah Sand Gnats, The Simpsons. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.