Post by Paul Sylvain on Jul 22, 2012 14:08:32 GMT -5
The other night my oldest son and my grandson, from way Downeast Maine, and I went to a AA minor league baseball game in Manchester, New Hampshire. The game pitted the New Hampshire Fisher Cats against the Portland Sea Dogs. The Cats are affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Dogs are part of the Boston Red Sox.
I haven't seen a minor league game since the mid-1990s when I lived in San Antonio and caught a couple of San Antonio Missions games. I'd forgotten what a bargain and just how good this level of play can be.
In this case the tix were $12 a piece for excellent field boxes, and these guys are still "hungry" for the BIGS! The Sea Dogs beat the Fisher Cats 3-2 thanks to a ninth inning rally by Portland. The pitchers were tossing 96-mph fast balls and hitting their spots. Saw some pro-level defense including some tough double plays and a catcher throwing out a base-stealer to end the game.
Considering we would have easily dropped around $400 or more for a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, this was totally way more family friendly in fun, cost and experience (and the baseball was as good as some of the play I've seen from the Sox in recent weeks). I'll be back.
Post by Allen Wiener on Jul 29, 2012 8:24:59 GMT -5
There are a couple of minor league clubs that play in this area and I should take more opportunity to attend. Those games can be more fun and exciting than the majors, similar to college basketball and pro basketball.
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