Like advertising, baseball relies on great pitches, a loyal fan base, and the power of grown men in animal costumes to sway public opinion. Endorse America's pastime with today's Groupon: for $10, you get 10 batting-cage tokens for a total of 200 pitches at East Coast Baseball Academy.
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.