The Smokies, a Double-A minor-league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, hold a commanding lead in the North division with over 30 wins in the season's second half. As the team heads into the 2010 playoffs for the North Division of the Southern League, they are led by three of the top five current batting leaders in the league. You and three other humans can enjoy a night of watching potential future Cubs, and potential (and unlikely) future Grammy-winning recording artists battling a soon-to-be determined rival. All tickets purchased will be seated together in the field level seats, so groups that want to perform synchronized cheers, with a hot dog in one hand, a small soda in the other hand, and a program in the other hand, should have one person purchase all of the tickets.
As a Minor League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, the Asheville Tourists look to improve on last season's 40-30 record with a roster poised for more orb clobbering, field prancing, and bag stomping. Kick up dusty cleats in an up-close box seat at McCormick Field and watch the Tourists turn the Lexington Legends into forgotten folk tales or outclass the crustaceous humanoids of the Lakewood BlueClaws. The first 1,000 fans to enter the field on April 16 and 17 are bequeathed with a free magnetic season schedule, with the latter game treating kids to a pregame autograph session and a postgame base run. April 20 is an education day, featuring a special start time of 11:05 a.m. that allows students to attend the game on their lunch break from school.
A Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Charlotte Knights develop budding professional ballplayers and earn devout Knights fans in their home—the 10,002-seat Knights Stadium. The Knights have a storied history and an impressive list of orb-striking alumni, including Cal Ripken Jr., Manny Ramirez, and Jon Garland. Visitors take home free giveaways during Friday-night promotions, and mascot Homer the Dragon roams the stadium on his four-wheeler, tossing T-shirts, bopping people with his tail, and advocating for anthropomorphized-dragon civil liberties.
Carolinas Baseball Center is a state-of-the-art baseball-training facility that offers nearly 50,000 square feet of space for visitors looking to enjoy an afternoon of baseballing and other activities. Each birthday package includes one hour of free-swinging action, thanks to two batting cages equipped with Iron Mike pitching machines, and 90 minutes of party-room use, ensuring there’s plenty of time to munch on cake. Every party also includes two slices of pizza and one drink for each child, with paper plates, cups, napkins, spoons, and tablecloths provided. The birthday boy or girl will receive a Carolinas Baseball Center T-shirt, as well as an opportunity to yell, “Baseball is nothing like masonry!” repeatedly. Additionally, an instructor boasting impressive baseball-mechanics knowledge can be hired for an additional charge.
United Social Sports expands its members' social circles through a slate of several sports and spirited, casual competition. Return to childhood bliss by joining kickball, throw bags at a board with cornhole, or whack around orbs in bocce. Leagues include a championship tournament, end-of-season party, and other goodies.