Minor League Baseball….still a BIG hit.

Hit hard by a tough economy, small town America, like Stockton California, finds release in a pastime long known for enduring America’s ups and downs. Attendance at minor league baseball parks is once again up. Around the country people are not taking the big trips this summer, so staying close to home and watching the local team provided a mini vacation, at the fraction of the cost.
For example, Rich Handel has lived in Stockton, California for all of his life and he say’s everyone here has felt the economic pinch.
“I have a house for sale, that isn’t moving. Wish it would. So I can come here and forget about it…at least for a couple of hours.”
Forgetting the economic downturn in Stockton these days is tough to do. Foreclosures are second highest in the country, an economic drag for people like Donna Barlow. Out of work for a year, Barolw’s trip to watch the Stockton Ports minor league baseball team is a perfect break for her and her family. “We have fun and yell and scream and cheer on the people who do have jobs and those are the ball players ((laughs))”
Minor league baseball is all about being family oriented, fun and affordable. On average, on a night like tonight, a family of four will spend less than $50 on a game like this…and it’s good baseball. Between these two teams alone 6 players who played here last year are already in the big leagues.
The new stadiums also are being used by small cities and towns across the country as part of a larger revitalization project. Here in Stockton the stadium has been joined by a new events center, marina, rebuilt downtown waterfront and movie complex. Even in an economic tough time, minor league baseball brings several thousand people downtown to stadiums like this about 70 nights or so a year, not a bad way to energize and provide a new hit for hometown folks.


18 Responses to “Minor League Baseball….still a BIG hit.”

  1. It’s nice to hear there is some good news in this difficult economy.

  2. Adam, I enjoyed the spring training game I attended in Florida in the early 90’s. It was so “up close and personal”.

  3. cheryljones Says:

    Maybe it’s so good because the players are still hungry, and not greedy. Grateful and not spoiled, and love the game.
    This is down and dirty, honest and hard-fought.
    Ever hear of the Beaumont Golden Gators? Probably not, but they were ours. I LOVED going to the games, and the kids! They were always just enthralled.

  4. Adam Housley Says:

    I played in Beaumont!!!! I played for Corpus Christi again the Bullfrogs!

  5. Good Morning from cool Ohio. Feels like fall today.

  6. hey @ all–
    thanks so much for all the birthday wishes on the preceding thread…

    @adam– i took off the black and decided to wear white- i surrendered!

    how come i can never get by without spending money at a game? i buy so much chara! the concession stands are what kills me- and i always have to buy a t-shirt or something to prove i was there~ LOL

    I did go to two DB’s games this year- it is fun!

    I hope Donna finds a job!

    and boy did we get a down pour last night!!!! hope California got it too!

  7. Susan…………Happy belated birthday. Have you now officially passed through your golden years and entered the platinum era of your life?

  8. John,
    You are either very brave or very naive! LOL

  9. I love to go and see the Charlotte Knights play…only drawback is that the stadium is just across the SC state line….a good 45 minute drive from our place. They want to relocate to downtown and would be, if not for one man who is suing because of the land swap that the city/county would do. It is a win win situation for all. Oh well maybe some day soon. That is only a 10 min drive and we would go alot more often.

    Sylvia…. that is why I love Spring Training and Minor league games, major league games are good but not as personal.

  10. Barb,
    The ball parks are so large that you feel like you are too far away from the game. The old ball fields like Crosley (the original home of the Cincy Reds) were smaller and more intimate. I remember going to games there and practically sitting on the baseline. When they built the new one on the river I couldn’t get over how enormous it was. Of course that too became obsolete and was replaced.

  11. @John–

    I think it is called the Stone Age or something like this~


    JUST IN …

    Democrats, realizing the success of the President’s “Cash For Clunkers” rebate program, have revamped a major portion of their National Health Care Plan.

    President Obama, and Speaker Pelosi are expected to make this major announcement at a joint news conference…

    Here’s how “CASH FOR CODGERS” works… Young couples wishing to access health care funds in order to pay for the delivery of a child will be required to TURN IN ONE OLD PERSON. Older and more prescription dependent codgers will bring in the highest amounts.

    Special “Bonuses” will be paid for those submitting codgers in targeted groups, such as smokers, heavy drinkers, persons 10 pounds over the government-prescribed weight, and any member of the Republican Party.

    Smaller bonuses will be given for codgers who consume beef, soda, fried foods, potato chips, lattes, whole milk, dairy products, bacon, Brussel sprouts, or Girl Scout Cookies.

    All codgers will be rendered totally useless via toxic injection. This will insure that they are not secretly resold or their body parts harvested to keep other codgers in good repair.

    Remember you heard it here first…

  12. Susan…..Becky and I are ROFL!!!!! That is great….

  13. OMG….that is hilarious.

  14. The woman applying for a job in a Florida lemon grove.

    seemed to be far too qualified for the job.

    The foreman frowned and said, “I have to ask you

    this; have you had any actual experience in picking lemons?”

    “Well, as a matter of fact, I have!” she replied.

    “I’ve been divorced three times and I voted for Obama.”

    (here girls– more)

  15. Another good one!

  16. Susan……….LOL, just a few questions though……..Does the codger have to be in “running order” upon time of “trade in”? And, how long does one have to be related to the codgers before turning them in?
    If no proof of relation is required then on my next day off, I think I may just offer my services to give free rides to the residents of the local retirement home to the “doctor’s office”………Obama’s doctors, of course. Then I’ll use the money to bail out those young expecting parents………Kind of a Codger to Crib program.

  17. @John–

    i think the less the codger is in running order, the better the bonus- and I don’t think you have to be related- just bring me in!

    LOL to the Codger to Crib program– ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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