Because baseball games are no longer used to settle land disputes and damages from horse collisions, they’ve become the battleground for deciding which US city will be the first to move to the moon. Catch a nation-changing showdown with this GrouponLive deal to see the Gary SouthShore RailCats play at U.S. Steel Yard. For $10, you get a game package (a $25 total value) that includes the following:
- Two tickets for box seating in sections 103–112 (a $20 value, including all fees)
- A $5 Cat Coin, which can be redeemed for anything in the stadium, from merchandise to snacks
Choose from the following games:
- Against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:10 p.m.
- Against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Wednesday, August 22, at 7:10 p.m.
- Against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Thursday, August 23, at 12:10 p.m.
- Against the St. Paul Saints on Tuesday, August 28, at 7:10 p.m.
- Against the St. Paul Saints on Wednesday, August 29, at 7:10 p.m.
- Against the St. Paul Saints on Thursday, August 30, at 7:10 p.m.
Members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball since 2011, the Gary SouthShore RailCats have claimed the Northern League’s title twice—in 2005 and 2007—after reaching the championship series a record five years in a row. As the 2012 season enters its final weeks, the team looks to capitalize on the momentum from a six-game winning streak earlier this month. Through 83 games, outfielder Mike Massaro has maintained a .334 batting average and tallied 61 runs, helping make manager Greg Tagert—who surpassed 800 wins this season—the winningest coach in RailCats history and the first to complete the 800-punch card for one free hot dog. As the action plays out on the field, fans can grab a free slice of pizza on Tuesday, stock up on $.50 wings on Wednesday, or imbibe $1 Miller beers on Thursday.
Gary SouthShore RailCats
During the Gary SouthShore RailCats' inaugural season in 2002, the players spent an estimated 200 hours on buses—traveling approximately 12,000 miles without their own ballpark to call home. Indeed, the diamond at U.S. Steel Yard was still under construction, forcing the team to play its entire first season on the road. But while the trip could have been a rocky way for an organization to start out, it instead forecasted a wild ride ahead in which the RailCats never stopped moving. After just four years, the RailCats captured their first Northern League title, marking the first of five straight appearances in the championship series—a Northern League record.
Despite that first year away from home, the RailCats seem to have settled in well at U.S. Steel Yard. Within the park, views of the South Shore commuter train remind fans of the team's origins, and a 55-foot scoreboard towers over left-centerfield in much the same way early pitchers once towered over batters from atop a stack of milk crates.