It’s hard to make new friends in a park; but, thanks to KC Crew, friendships have been blossoming all over Roanoke Park, One Park Place, and Penn Valley Park. The secret to their success is rec leagues, in which players compete in softball, tennis, and sand volleyball, a beachy sport far preferable to speed eating shells. The organization provides umpires, a game schedule, and a $100 credit at a local bar awarded to the winning team. And after the sun goes down, the organization offers more in-depth studies of the area nightlife through bar crawls, themed to celebrate holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day or simulate a zombie apocalypse.
Though most pitchers clear their mounds at the slight rumor of a thunderstorm, the ones inside Kansas City Sports Club always stay dry and padded with footprints. In addition to pitching tunnels, hitting tunnels, and a turf infield that stays safe from outdoor weather conditions, the facility features a full fitness center that protects guests from the hazards of working out on treadmills in the wilderness. The fitness center features free weights and cardio machines with flat-screen televisions and free WiFi to keep guests informed and entertained during workouts.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Kansas City T-Bones follow manager Tim Doherty as they attempt to smash their Central Division rivals and park the American Association title on their mantel. Kansas City baseball legend Frank White dons a #20 uniform all season long as the T-Bones first-base coach. Veteran offensive powerhouse Kala Ka’aihue looks to repeat last season's 22-home-run output, dispiriting opposing pitchers and making outfield walls desperately question their very purpose. Right-hander and Kansas City native Kyle Dahman also blazes back to the mound after a 2011 season of smoking opponents with his mid-90 mph fast ball and team second-best save record. The T-Bones will take on Central Division rivals from Sioux City and Gary as well as the 2009 league champion Lincoln Saltdogs, hoping to get to the playoffs to prove their mettle and get out of the September weddings of loose acquaintances.