Before humans learned how to boil baseballs to a mushy consistency, the game of "softball" was played with overripe grapefruits, resulting in countless blindings. Watch contemporary softball without getting sprayed with citrus juice with today's Groupon, which gets you two tickets to the ASA World Cup of Softball on July 22–26 at the Hall of Fame Stadium in the Adventure District. Choose one of the following dates:
- For $10, get two tickets for July 22 ($20 value)
- For $10, get two tickets for July 23 ($20 value)
- For $15, get two tickets for July 24 ($30 value)
- For $10, get two tickets for July 25 ($20 value)
- For $10, get two tickets for July 26 ($20 value)
Each ticket grants you admittance to any game throughout the day, with the potential of seeing up to four games. All Groupons also include two admissions to the National Softball Hall of Fame (a $12 combined value) and a commemorative poster (a $5 value) featuring Olympic Silver Medalists Jennie Finch, Jessica Mendoza, Cat Osterman, and Natasha Watley—giving this deal a total value of $37 or $47.
The Amateur Softball Association's World Cup of Softball, now entering its fifth-annual competition, pits the national softball teams from the United States, Canada, and Japan against one another in a series of head-to-head battles—much like Thunderdome, only with slightly fewer chainsaw attacks. The USA Futures Women's National Team will also be taking the field, and the USA will take on its arch-nemesis Canada in the Men's Slow Pitch Border Battle. Each day features at least two games (with several being televised on ESPN), giving devotees of spheroid kinetics plenty of opportunities to enjoy the world-class facilities of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, as well as catch a foul ball pitched by Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch, an event as rare and momentous as nabbing a puck from Michael Jordan's mercifully brief hockey career. Both the Women's Futures and National teams will sign autographs throughout the weekend, giving kids the chance to bring home a timeless memento to match the caryatid they "borrowed" from the Acropolis. Paper objects are preferred over body parts, so be sure to bring your limited-edition poster along.
Budding superfans of the "sport of coworkers" can preemptively or retroactively bone up on softball's highlights with a free admittance to the National Softball Hall of Fame, which celebrates more than 120 years of history and honors more than 300 players, managers, commissioners, and umpires. Dust off your softball-watching monocle, warm up your vuvuzela, and savor a World Cup that never ends in a tie with today's Groupon to the ASA World Cup of Softball.
Last year's dramatic World Cup of Softball championship game was covered by the Associated Press, and the Oklahoma Gazette recently ran a story about the sport's governing body, the Amateur Softball Association, and the National Softball Hall of Fame:
- With uniforms and equipment, the museum honors the origins and evolution of the sport that the ASA says is played by more than 40 million athletes annually. From Sunday softball heroes to Olympic gold medalists, the collection includes memorabilia from generations of players at all levels, whether big-time or beer-league. – Charlie Price, Oklahoma Gazette