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nug0hs
06-29-2006, 02:46 PM
Here in Kalamazoo, we are home to last year's Frontier League champions, the Kalamazoo Kings. My friend is the mascot for more than half of the games, and left me some free tickets earlier towards the start of the season. The game I was at had a whopping crowd of about 200, if that...which got me thinking: do you all support your local minor league team? I know the Schaumberg Flyers draw some decent crowds on occasion, but it baffles my mind that smaller teams like this can make enough money to stay in business when they average 100-300 fans per game.

soxfan13
06-29-2006, 02:47 PM
I do support the Joliet Jackhammers great seats all the time for 9 bucks!!!

Flight #24
06-29-2006, 03:11 PM
No. I live in Chicago, but I do not support the Cubs.:tongue:

ondafarm
06-29-2006, 03:23 PM
No. I live in Chicago, but I do not support the Cubs.:tongue:

The Giants? Nah!!

MadetoOrta
06-29-2006, 03:23 PM
I have season tickets for the DuPage Dragons. [Central Ill. Collegiate League - our version of the Cape Cod League] Great baseball, incredible prices, cold beer, 10 minutes from any home in Naperville.

Iwritecode
06-29-2006, 03:54 PM
Here in Kalamazoo, we are home to last year's Frontier League champions, the Kalamazoo Kings. My friend is the mascot for more than half of the games, and left me some free tickets earlier towards the start of the season. The game I was at had a whopping crowd of about 200, if that...which got me thinking: do you all support your local minor league team? I know the Schaumberg Flyers draw some decent crowds on occasion, but it baffles my mind that smaller teams like this can make enough money to stay in business when they average 100-300 fans per game.

I support the Rockford Riverhawks. 2004 Frontier League Champions BTW. :wink:

I usually go to a couple of games a year. It's baseball, it's cheap and it's just across town from me. The new stadium is awesome. Reminds me of US Cellular because it has an open air concourse all the way from the right field pole, back behind the plate to the left field pole. You can literally order a dog and a coke and still watch the game.

I've only been to one game this year but I've been going to more Sox games than usual. The one game I went to was quite interesting. It was the first time I've ever seen the opposing pitcher unload the bases with 3 passed balls/wild pitches! :o:

MrRoboto83
06-29-2006, 04:01 PM
I do support the Joliet Jackhammers great seats all the time for 9 bucks!!!

I support the Gary Southshore RailCats winning team of the Northern League in 2005.

steveironcity
06-29-2006, 04:01 PM
Go Washington Wildthings!!!!!

vernhillssoxfan
06-29-2006, 04:29 PM
I used to go to a lot of Beloit Brewers games. I am no longer attending the games because they are affiliated with the Twins.

I am spending most of my summer at the Cell.

MadetoOrta
06-29-2006, 04:43 PM
I could go see minor league baseball at the Urinal.:cool:

RKMeibalane
06-29-2006, 05:00 PM
I do occasionally attend Indianapolis Indians games.

ChiSoxRowand
06-29-2006, 05:09 PM
I support the Rockford Riverhawks. 2004 Frontier League Champions BTW. :wink:

I usually go to a couple of games a year. It's baseball, it's cheap and it's just across town from me. The new stadium is awesome. Reminds me of US Cellular because it has an open air concourse all the way from the right field pole, back behind the plate to the left field pole. You can literally order a dog and a coke and still watch the game.

I've only been to one game this year but I've been going to more Sox games than usual. The one game I went to was quite interesting. It was the first time I've ever seen the opposing pitcher unload the bases with 3 passed balls/wild pitches! :o:

I have been to one Riverhawks game this year, and the stadium is nice. But I prefer taking the half-hour drive to beloit where the baseball is better (even if they are affiliated with the Twins). This year I look forward to seeing guys like Upton, Maybin, and Adenhart play.

Fenway
06-29-2006, 05:15 PM
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Lowell Spinners of the NY Penn League ( Short Season A )

our hated rival are the Staten Island Yankees :D:

Unregistered
06-29-2006, 05:17 PM
Brooklyn Cyclones, baby...

Keyspan Park is a really cool place to catch a game. Summer night, right on the water - you can't beat it...

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TornLabrum
06-29-2006, 05:19 PM
I do support the Joliet Jackhammers great seats all the time for 9 bucks!!!
um...If they're box seats they're up to $10.00 this year.

I have a 20-game package for the KC Cougars and a 9 game package + opening day + tix for a mods day out for the Jackhammers.

Huisj
06-29-2006, 05:58 PM
I go to a Lansing Lugnuts game maybe once every couple of years. Until just a couple of years ago though, they were a Cubs affiliate, so I wasn't really very interested in going. Now they're with the Blue Jays, and in a couple months I'll be moving downtown just a few blocks from their stadium, so maybe next years I'll get to some games. Oldsmobile Park is actually a really nice place, but all the ridiculous promotions and goofyness that goes on between innings at these games kind of gets on my nerves sometimes. I just want to watch the game (I guess that's rare though at these games).

skobabe8
06-29-2006, 06:05 PM
I support the Gary Southshore RailCats winning team of the Northern League in 2005.

Is there a better/more fitting/cooler sounding corporate sponsor for a stadium than U.S. Steel Yard? :D:

Fenway
06-29-2006, 06:31 PM
but all the ridiculous promotions and goofyness that goes on between innings at these games kind of gets on my nerves sometimes. I just want to watch the game (I guess that's rare though at these games).

just be thankful that Myron Noodleman doesn't do parks in the Midwest ( at least for your sake I hope he doesn't )

SOXintheBURGH
06-29-2006, 07:01 PM
I go to PNC Park every chance I get.

OkStateSox
06-29-2006, 07:20 PM
The Tulsa Drillers are one of the most sucessful AA franchises in the country, not bad for being a rockies farm team. The drillers could have made the jump up to AAA several times but declined because AA keeps players longer and a team can develop an identity. Whats sad is that the Drillers used to get much better attendence 10-5 years ago when they werent all that good. Opening day was insane, they let people line the outfield to the warning track. Then they started having two "opening days" and that killed the program attendence wise, the team started winning though. Now the only game sold out at drillers stadium is Bedlam baseball (ou vs OSU)

TornLabrum
06-29-2006, 07:57 PM
just be thankful that Myron Noodleman doesn't do parks in the Midwest ( at least for your sake I hope he doesn't )

He does. I saw him at Kane Co. a couple of weeks ago. Last year I saw him twice in three days at KC and Joliet. The first time I saw him (maybe 10 years or more ago) was once too many.

viagracat
06-29-2006, 08:20 PM
I go to a Schaumburg Flyers game every now and then. Last game I saw was against the Joliet Jackhammers.

Parrothead
06-29-2006, 08:23 PM
Sure do. I go to about 20 Windy City Thunderbolts (Crestwood) games and usually about 2 games for the Joliet Jackhammers and Schaumburg Flyers each year. have not got out to the Railcats yet. The game are fun and cheap especially Thirsty Thursdays. $1 beers :gulp:

Corlose 15
06-29-2006, 08:27 PM
I go to a Lansing Lugnuts game maybe once every couple of years. Until just a couple of years ago though, they were a Cubs affiliate, so I wasn't really very interested in going. Now they're with the Blue Jays, and in a couple months I'll be moving downtown just a few blocks from their stadium, so maybe next years I'll get to some games. Oldsmobile Park is actually a really nice place, but all the ridiculous promotions and goofyness that goes on between innings at these games kind of gets on my nerves sometimes. I just want to watch the game (I guess that's rare though at these games).

5/3 Ballpark, home of the West Michigan White Caps (The Lugnuts hated rivals:D: ) is right down the street from my house. I go to a couple games a summer, they draw pretty well. Both Oldsmobile Park and 5/3 are very nice stadiums.

MeteorsSox4367
06-29-2006, 09:18 PM
Went and saw the RailCats play and got a free cap out of the deal. I usually try to hit the RailCats, Flyers, Jackhammers, Cougars and T-Bolts at least once in the summer. I agree with the above posters about the promotional overkill.

I understand that minor league baseball is all about bringing in people with kooky promos, but there are those of us who just want to have a beer or a pop and watch the game.

TheDarkGundam
06-29-2006, 09:34 PM
I work for the local minor league team, The Kane County Cougars, though I don't really support them.
The ONLY team I care about is the Sox. Any other hat, any other shirt (aside from the one I have to wear while working, which has a big A's logo on it BTW) is heresy.

DannyCaterFan
06-29-2006, 09:48 PM
I support the River City Rascals of the Frontier league near St. Louis...Why?? Because my son pitches for them! He is a huge lifelong White Sox fan.

TornLabrum
06-29-2006, 10:12 PM
I work for the local minor league team, The Kane County Cougars, though I don't really support them.
The ONLY team I care about is the Sox. Any other hat, any other shirt (aside from the one I have to wear while working, which has a big A's logo on it BTW) is heresy.

I always wear a KC Cougars cap to Cougars games. We started going there in 1991, their first year. I also wear a 'Hammers cap to 'Hammers games. We started going ther in 2002, their first year.

goofymsfan
06-29-2006, 10:21 PM
Up here in the PNW we have a few minor league teams to choose from. I have season tickets to the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariniers AAA affiliate in the PCL). Even if they were the M's affiliate, I would still go to the games. In this day and age, just because a player is in a certain teams farm system, doesn't mean they won't make it to the bigs with a different team. It's also nice when I'm watching or listening to games and I found out some of the players I've seen from other teams playing in the bigs. I have a better idea of what type of player they are. Besides the players are much more accessible in the minors for autographs and such.

I also try to make it to a few Everett Aquasox (M's affiliate in short season NW League) games each year. I even try to make it down to Portland Oregon to catch some Beaver (Padres AAA club) games.

LuvSox
06-29-2006, 10:26 PM
I support the Gary Southshore RailCats winning team of the Northern League in 2005.

We went last week, sat four rows behind home plate for $9 a seat. Not bad.

goofymsfan
06-29-2006, 10:36 PM
We went last week, sat four rows behind home plate for $9 a seat. Not bad.

That's another thing I like about minor league games. The prices for the seats are so much cheaper. For the Tacoma Rainier games I sit in the front row by the 3rd base dug out for about $7 a game because of the discount for purchasing season tickets. For a similar seat up at Safeco it would cost me $55 for the seat. It would be cheaper for season tickets but then there is a charter licensing fee also that would make it more.

HomeFish
06-29-2006, 10:52 PM
Does the Metra go to any of these in the Chicago area?

minastirith67
06-29-2006, 10:55 PM
The Giants? Nah!!

Seconded. **** Barroids and his fans.

StillMissOzzie
06-29-2006, 11:20 PM
just be thankful that Myron Noodleman doesn't do parks in the Midwest ( at least for your sake I hope he doesn't )

Oh yes he does. The kids think he's a laugh riot, but he hasn't changed his schtick one iota in something like 5 years now.

I work for the local minor league team, The Kane County Cougars, though I don't really support them.
The ONLY team I care about is the Sox. Any other hat, any other shirt (aside from the one I have to wear while working, which has a big A's logo on it BTW) is heresy.
What do you do out there, TDG? We have a 7 game package so we're out there at least once a month. We're right by the visitor dugout. And yes, I usually wear a KCC hat when we go there. I have 4 or 5 different ones that they've given away over the years.

Does the Metra go to any of these in the Chicago area?
I do know that the Metra UP West line goes to Geneva, the home town of the KCC, but I don't know how far it is from the Metra station to Elfstrom Stadium. Probably a very short cab ride, though.

SMO
:gulp:

ComiskeyBrewer
06-29-2006, 11:28 PM
I used to go to a lot of Beloit Brewers games. I am no longer attending the games because they are affiliated with the Twins.

I am spending most of my summer at the Cell.

I still do. I think the GM of the Twins is from Janesville.

soxfan13
06-30-2006, 09:16 AM
um...If they're box seats they're up to $10.00 this year.

I have a 20-game package for the KC Cougars and a 9 game package + opening day + tix for a mods day out for the Jackhammers.

Are they 10 this year. I havent been yet my wife has gone a couple times. She didnt tell me it was that expensive. No more games for her LOL

soxfan13
06-30-2006, 09:18 AM
Does the Metra go to any of these in the Chicago area?

Rock Island drops you off right across the street from the Jackhammers in Joliet

Huisj
06-30-2006, 10:42 AM
just be thankful that Myron Noodleman doesn't do parks in the Midwest ( at least for your sake I hope he doesn't )

sadly, I think he's actually shown on one of the Lugnuts' tv ads right now as a reason to come down to the ballpark. puke

Edward
06-30-2006, 11:20 AM
I make it out to the games (Windy City Thunderbolts) a dozen or so times a year. Just went last Saturday for Jimmy Buffet night. $1 burgers and $3 beers, and I got to do the dizzy bat spin race to boot. :bandance:

The game are fun and cheap especially Thirsty Thursdays. $1 beers :gulp:

This Thirsty Thursdays you speak of, is it at the Thunderbolts games? That would be great, a ball game and $1 beers at HFF, then a short walk over to Jay's for $1 bottles and some pool/dart action.

:o: Just realized I talked about Jimmy Buffet Night, and then quoted a guy named Parrothead.

Iwritecode
06-30-2006, 11:26 AM
I have been to one Riverhawks game this year, and the stadium is nice. But I prefer taking the half-hour drive to beloit where the baseball is better (even if they are affiliated with the Twins). This year I look forward to seeing guys like Upton, Maybin, and Adenhart play.

I've never seen baseball in Beloit. I don't even think I've ever been by the stadium. I'll have to check it out sometime.

The last time I saw Beloit it was when they were the Beloit Snappers (Brewers) and Kelly Wunsch was on the team. They were in Rockford to play the Cubbies.

I really hated that name. A dark period in Rockford history.

Edit: They might have been the Rockford Royals at that time because I don't remember going to any Rockford Cubby games...

1951Campbell
06-30-2006, 11:35 AM
Yeah, my wife and I go to a few Harrisburg Senators games each year.

Parrothead
06-30-2006, 06:18 PM
I make it out to the games (Windy City Thunderbolts) a dozen or so times a year. Just went last Saturday for Jimmy Buffet night. $1 burgers and $3 beers, and I got to do the dizzy bat spin race to boot. :bandance:

This Thirsty Thursdays you speak of, is it at the Thunderbolts games? That would be great, a ball game and $1 beers at HFF, then a short walk over to Jay's for $1 bottles and some pool/dart action.

:o: Just realized I talked about Jimmy Buffet Night, and then quoted a guy named Parrothead.


Yes, thirty thursdays are at the T-bolt games. I was there at the Buffett night too. I was the guy in a hawaiian shirt. I lost a dollar on you in the bat race. This Thursday is also a thirsty thursday. Come say Hi. I am always by the light pole by first base. There ususally is a group of about 10. I am in the Windy City Jersey #34

vernhillssoxfan
06-30-2006, 09:30 PM
I've never seen baseball in Beloit. I don't even think I've ever been by the stadium. I'll have to check it out sometime.

The last time I saw Beloit it was when they were the Beloit Snappers (Brewers) and Kelly Wunsch was on the team. They were in Rockford to play the Cubbies.

I really hated that name. A dark period in Rockford history.

Edit: They might have been the Rockford Royals at that time because I don't remember going to any Rockford Cubby games...

I remember seeing games at Rockford when they were the Royals. Guy's named Dye, Damon and Sweeny. A lot of big name players came throught Midwest League in those years.

MrRoboto83
06-30-2006, 10:12 PM
Is there a better/more fitting/cooler sounding corporate sponsor for a stadium than U.S. Steel Yard? :D:

It's a nice ballpark to boot.

MrRoboto83
06-30-2006, 10:14 PM
Does the Metra go to any of these in the Chicago area?

The South Shore line drops you off one block from the Rail Cats in Gary.

MadetoOrta
06-30-2006, 11:01 PM
The DuPage Dragons is the best deal in town. $6 tickets for a brand new stadium where your right on top of the action, $3 beer, $2 brats, $4 chicken sandwich [outstanding I might add] and the talent rolling through the CICL is outstanding. Jon Papelbon pitched here a few years ago to a first baseman named Ryan Howard. For anyone in the Downers, Lisle, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn area, it's worth the trip.

LuvSox
07-01-2006, 12:10 AM
It's a nice ballpark to boot.

The food isn't very good, imo, and it's expensive. Otherwise it's a cool "yard".

gobears1987
07-01-2006, 12:12 AM
I go to occasional Railcats games. It's worth the money.

gobears1987
07-01-2006, 12:21 AM
The South Shore line drops you off one block from the Rail Cats in Gary.And it is the safest spot in Gary as half of the Gary Police are in the area around the stadium to assure that the people coming from Valpo feel safe in Gary.

Edward
07-01-2006, 12:58 AM
Yes, thirty thursdays are at the T-bolt games. I was there at the Buffett night too. I was the guy in a hawaiian shirt. I lost a dollar on you in the bat race. This Thursday is also a thirsty thursday. Come say Hi. I am always by the light pole by first base. There ususally is a group of about 10. I am in the Windy City Jersey #34

Awesome, I must have been somewhere around you. I was on the party deck. Anyways, I'll come hang out on Thursday, can't pass that up.

the_valenstache
07-01-2006, 01:06 AM
Yes, thirty thursdays are at the T-bolt games. I was there at the Buffett night too. I was the guy in a hawaiian shirt. I lost a dollar on you in the bat race. This Thursday is also a thirsty thursday. Come say Hi. I am always by the light pole by first base. There ususally is a group of about 10. I am in the Windy City Jersey #34

It's good to see there are some fans of the feckless T-Bolts around. I've been fortunate enough to land a gig covering them for the Southtown for about half of their home games. The bad thing is that I don't get to enjoy the stadium outside of the pressbox and the clubhouse, but all of the on-field entertainment is a blast. I usually try to attend as a spectator at least twice a season and actually enjoy that Thirsty Thursday deal. I highly recommend anyone who lives in the south 'burbs to check it out; the games aren't exactly pristine (lots of walks, some games with 3 errors on each side, etc.), but it's certainly entertaining.

If you see a guy walking briskly through the park before and after the game with a clipboard and a mini-cassette recorder, that's me.

tick53
07-01-2006, 11:00 AM
I attend a few South Bend Silver Hawks games, but now they are afilliated with the Diamondbacks. Back when they were the South Bend White Sox, I went frequently. I even spoke to Jason Bere a couple times. I hated it when the D Backs took it over. It's hard to pull for a team that's over 2000 miles away.

Parrothead
07-01-2006, 11:03 AM
It's good to see there are some fans of the feckless T-Bolts around. I've been fortunate enough to land a gig covering them for the Southtown for about half of their home games. The bad thing is that I don't get to enjoy the stadium outside of the pressbox and the clubhouse, but all of the on-field entertainment is a blast. I usually try to attend as a spectator at least twice a season and actually enjoy that Thirsty Thursday deal. I highly recommend anyone who lives in the south 'burbs to check it out; the games aren't exactly pristine (lots of walks, some games with 3 errors on each side, etc.), but it's certainly entertaining.

If you see a guy walking briskly through the park before and after the game with a clipboard and a mini-cassette recorder, that's me.

I will look for you, I may be there Tuesday but for sure Thursday. You are right the games are a not excatly a masterpiece but still fun. Everyone on the Crestwood / Tinley Park area should get out there.

Deebs14
07-02-2006, 11:41 AM
At school there's no minor league team within a reasonable distance, and down here in Tampa all they got is the Yankees single A affiliate I believe. Never been before because whenever I hit up a baseball game down here it's a Rays game.

I'm gonna be up in Chicago during the first week of September, so I'm gonna try to hit up a KC Cougars game to watch my boy Jeff Baisley continue to tear **** up. :cool:

LongLiveFisk
07-02-2006, 11:44 AM
Sure do. I go to about 20 Windy City Thunderbolts (Crestwood) games and usually about 2 games for the Joliet Jackhammers and Schaumburg Flyers each year. have not got out to the Railcats yet. The game are fun and cheap especially Thirsty Thursdays. $1 beers :gulp:

I've been meaning to go to that park in Crestwood to see a game for a while now. I think I'll have to look them up and get a schedule to decide when to go.

I also wanted to go see a Joliet Jackhammers game back when Pete Rose Jr. played for them, hoping to see his dad at a game. Never did though. :cool:

TornLabrum
07-02-2006, 12:09 PM
At school there's no minor league team within a reasonable distance, and down here in Tampa all they got is the Yankees single A affiliate I believe. Never been before because whenever I hit up a baseball game down here it's a Rays game.

I'm gonna be up in Chicago during the first week of September, so I'm gonna try to hit up a KC Cougars game to watch my boy Jeff Baisley continue to tear **** up. :cool:

I was at what might have been his best game this year: 3 HR and 5 RBI (along with 2 Ks). A couple of weeks ago the trivia question at the part was, which KC Cougar has the most RBI in pro ball. It was Jeff Baisley. Right now (and this is probably the kiss of death) he looks like a can't miss prospect. He's among the best I've seen in a Cougars uniform.

Deebs14
07-02-2006, 12:44 PM
I was at what might have been his best game this year: 3 HR and 5 RBI (along with 2 Ks). A couple of weeks ago the trivia question at the part was, which KC Cougar has the most RBI in pro ball. It was Jeff Baisley. Right now (and this is probably the kiss of death) he looks like a can't miss prospect. He's among the best I've seen in a Cougars uniform.

That's what I've been hearing as well. I got to know him and his brother through a buddy of mine down here who's pretty cool with a lot of the USF baseball players (same alma mater as Ross Gload). He's a really good person, so it's nice to see him doing well so far.

I'm going to be up there for what looks to be the last week of the regular season...are walk-up tickets usually pretty reasonable to come by? Thanks in advance.

StillMissOzzie
07-02-2006, 02:23 PM
I was at what might have been his best game this year: 3 HR and 5 RBI (along with 2 Ks). A couple of weeks ago the trivia question at the part was, which KC Cougar has the most RBI in pro ball. It was Jeff Baisley. Right now (and this is probably the kiss of death) he looks like a can't miss prospect. He's among the best I've seen in a Cougars uniform.

That's what I've been hearing as well. I got to know him and his brother through a buddy of mine down here who's pretty cool with a lot of the USF baseball players (same alma mater as Ross Gload). He's a really good person, so it's nice to see him doing well so far.

I'm going to be up there for what looks to be the last week of the regular season...are walk-up tickets usually pretty reasonable to come by? Thanks in advance.

He may not be in Kane County for long at that pace. Look into the Class AA team for the A's! The Cougars have already clinched a spot in the MWL post-season, having won the 1st half wildcard.

SMO
:bandance:

TornLabrum
07-02-2006, 04:33 PM
That's what I've been hearing as well. I got to know him and his brother through a buddy of mine down here who's pretty cool with a lot of the USF baseball players (same alma mater as Ross Gload). He's a really good person, so it's nice to see him doing well so far.

I'm going to be up there for what looks to be the last week of the regular season...are walk-up tickets usually pretty reasonable to come by? Thanks in advance.

Last week of the season: Maybe or maybe not depending on when schools have started. You can order online and pick them up at will call, though.

MDF3530
07-02-2006, 08:34 PM
I have been to several Windy City Thunderbolts games when they were the Cook County Cheetahs.

Deebs14
07-03-2006, 04:01 AM
Last week of the season: Maybe or maybe not depending on when schools have started. You can order online and pick them up at will call, though.

Thanks for the advice, Mr. Labrum. Hopefully I can manage to squeeze a game in between my arrival and my sisters wedding on the 3rd.

As a matter of fact, I'll be up around your parts at the Grand Ballroom...the open bar along with those casino's might be the death of me when all is said and done. :redneck

lbtigerfan
07-03-2006, 07:15 AM
I will always pull for the New Orleans Zephyrs over any other team.. but I'm not a die hard fan. In fact I went to a game last month and I really enjoyed it. It was my first time going in years. I hope I can make it to them more often

nut_stock
07-03-2006, 12:34 PM
I see lots of Frontier League teams... I live in Southwestern Illinois near St. Louis and I love to go to a Gateway Grizzlies Game at GCS Ballpark.

$3 beers and $5 "Pile it high" nachos.... oh and they have that 1/4 llb bacon cheeseburger with krispey Kremes as buns!!