Despite baseball's unofficial theme song, peanuts and crackerjacks were replacements for the original, mid-1850s snacks of heavily salted licorice and wooden chewin' slabs. Keep your family traditions classic with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two general-admission tickets and $20 in Buc's Bucks for a Bradenton Marauders game at McKechnie Field (up to a $34 total value). Today's deal is good for all remaining home games on the schedule, excluding July 3.
Potential major-league stars launch heaven-bound baseballs toward the outfield and paint home plate with pitches all summer long for the Bradenton Marauders, the Class-A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team hopes to sail past competition, buoyed by the skills of fastball-slinger Kyle McPherson and slugger Jarek Cunningham, who through June 5 has 11 home runs, one for each of Abraham Lincoln's toes. Hungry fans can barter Buc's Bucks for ballpark eats between innings and treat stomachs to a classic grandstand dinner of hot dogs and fries.
The historic McKechnie Field masks its 90-year career as a baseball stadium with renovated accents throughout the grandstands and a fake mustache taped above the main entrance. General-admission ticket-holders sit next to the action in the intimate, mission-style park, catching subtle hand signals between the catcher and pitcher, as well as unblocked views of the exploding sky on fireworks nights. Car owners leave their autos alone to mingle and play in the free-parking area behind center field guarded by tall outfield walls and sentient butterfly nets.
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