Just two blocks from East Beach and down the way from Stearns Wharf, the crack of bats is a fitting addition to the soundtrack of the nearby crashing waves. Each day throughout the week, baseball and softball fans pop in at East Beach Batting Cages to get in a workout, perfect their swing, or shake off the rust from too much time between batting sessions. At the outdoor facility, eight baseball pitching machines wing balls at batters at 35?80 mph, and six softball pitching machines lob a choice of slow or fast pitches. After working up a hunger, patrons can indulge at Norton's Pastrami and Deli, located onsite, or take a stroll along the beach to see how the seals play their own version of baseball.
All programs at Pinnacle Performance Institute spring from its foundational Youth Speed & Strength class, where middle-school-aged participants learn how to train for sports long-term, seeking to master correct training styles and avoid injuries later in life. High-school and college student-athletes build individual blueprints of their needs and goals in Athlete P.A.S.S., which not only measures their strength, flexibility, and biometrics, but also school performance. And AthleteFit classes grew out of a desire to also help adults, who can no longer get fit while playing tag, swinging on monkey bars, or lining up to go to recess. Tailored workouts target more mature bodies, mixing lifting, speed, agility, and other types of training to burn calories and tone muscles.
As the Advanced-A minor-league affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Visalia Rawhide caters to baseball buffs with professional bat-cracking action and advance screenings of future big-league stars. This year the team celebrates 65 years of play at the recently renovated Recreation Park, an intimate stadium of spherical slinging where fans sit so close to the field that they can call pitches and notice subtle interventions from celestial outfielders. When the players’ endless running, throwing, and sunflower noshing inspires spectators' stomachs to hunger, the park’s three concession stands offer satiation with a bevy of ballpark eats.