The Yard Baseball Academy's one-hour private lesson allows players to work one-on-one with expert instructors and combines a half-hour hitting session with a half-hour pitching session to help athletes develop prowess on both sides of the ball. Tailored to the specific needs and seed-spitting habits of the player, the lesson takes place in a spacious, turf-laden training facility with a full-length batting cage, throwing lanes, and weight- and speed-training equipment that cultivate skills in all aspects of the game. Step into the batter's box to work with hitting coach and former Washington Nationals player Kory Casto on bolstering bat speed and power. Chris Pine, former Oregon State pitcher and U.S. Olympic team invitee, takes over for the pitching session, lending an in-depth knowledge of wind-up and release mechanics to help his students gain the abilities to pick apart the strike zone and win stuffed pandas at state fairs.
Led by 2009 Northwest League Championship-winning manager Tom Trebelhorn, the Volcanoes have shaken awake their pitching, batting, and catching muscles and plan to explode on their opponents during the 2011 season. The Volcanoes are a Class-A affiliate of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, with seven former Volcanoes having played in last year's championship games, including Pablo Sandoval, Sergio Romo, National League Rookie of the Year Buster Posey, and two-time Cy Young Award-winner Tim Lincecum. This Groupon is good for one ticket to Diamond Club lower-box-level seating and admission to the climate-controlled VIP Diamond Club, which resides directly behind home plate for convenient psyching-out of the opposing team through philosophical Cartesian debates while they wait in the on-deck circle.