It was a beautiful
Memorial Day weekend. Wendy and I headed to tradition-rich Sec Taylor field
in Principal Park this past Sunday to watch the Iowa
Cubs take on the Oklahoma City Redhawks. We had a wonderful afternoon. It not only brought back great memories of my Grandpa Spec taking me to the same park when I was a
kid – it reminded me that Triple-A baseball is an amazing experience and tremendous value.
Thank you to Michael Gartner and
the Iowa Cubs for providing such a great venue and family entertainment.
Here’s why I think minor
league baseball is the “IN” place to be:
- IN-credible players: I watched a crop of young players motivated to play their hearts out in order to get to the show. I also saw players like Felix Pie and Ronny Cedeno who’ve already cut their chops in Chicago and are looking to get back.
- IN-timate setting: I sat towards the top of the reserved seats on the first base side and was still perilously close to the action – complete with dodging foul balls. No handing out oxygen-masks in the “upper deck” or hauling in my binoculars to view the action. This is big league ball in a small park.
- IN-viting treats: baseball, hotdogs, and a cold beer. Need I say more?
- IN-the-sunshine: I had all the food and fun outside on a gorgeous late Spring afternoon and got a tan to boot. Paying money to sit in a tanning booth never made less sense.
- IN-expensive entertainment: All of this, and more, for a mere fraction of the cost of a Major League game. In fact, I can get a general admission ticket for the I-Cubs for less than the price of a movie ticket. Heck, I can always rent a DVD – take me out to the ballgame!