As a Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Charleston RiverDogs aim to enchant fans with shapely curveballs and winning line drives. The club takes the field at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, where fans can take in views of the Ashley River as they watch the next crop of MLB stars sprout from the nutrient-rich soil stored within their cleats. Between innings, fans can snack on the Riley Park's concession stands' pickle dogs, brat cheesesteaks, and old-fashioned boiled peanuts—just some of the delicacies that have lured ballpark-cuisine fans from the Travel Channel to The Joe.
At East Coast Baseball Academy, bats crush pitches from deadeye Iron Mike machines, and spectators cheer heartily from bleacher seats. As batters step up to the plate in one of the four turf-lined cages, an extended silence segues into the whoosh of baseballs or softballs from the pitching cannon, and the sturdy nets lining the cages safeguard patrons from the wallop of line drives and the muddy paws of off-leash mascots. Beneath soaring ceilings, strike-smashing abilities continue to develop despite pouring rain or the tantrums of Jack Frost. In the facility's lounge area, a television and PlayStation system serenade proud parents, coaches, and bat sharpeners as they rest.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
The Harbison Community Association provides a venue for community members to work out and form bonds with their neighbors. The center maintains an indoor heated pool, a jacuzzi, and a baby pool. Members can build strength in the weight room and challenge their friends to a game on the racquetball court.