Baseball has always been considered a gentleman's game, due to the high levels of strategy behind each play and the major league's requirement that all players wear cummerbunds under their jerseys. Suit up for respectable recreation with today's Groupon to Extra Innings, in Auburn. Choose between two options:
- For $59, you get two half-hour tunnel sessions and two half-hour private lessons (a $135 value).
- For $149, you get a six-month line-drive membership (a $295 value).
Extra Innings houses more than 17,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor baseball-training space, in which ball players can improve their hitting skills and compete in a controlled environment year-round. During two private, half-hour lessons, players can hone their abilities in pitching, batting, and fielding with the help of a professional baseball or softball instructor. To further cultivate their swing, future Hall of Famers can head into Extra Innings' multiuse hitting tunnels for two half-hour showdowns between man and machine or pitcher and hitter. Tunnel equipment includes L-screens, pitching mounds, adjustable pitching machines, and scores of practice balls. Batters can practice in the tunnel with personal pitchers, or they can disguise the pitching machine as a Cy Young winner and watch it ignore requests for autographs.
Alternately, baseball buffs can opt for the six-month line-drive player pack membership, which includes one free private lesson, unlimited use of the training facility, and a half-hour of practice in the tunnel each week. Members also benefit from a 10% discount on equipment and merchandise at the pro shop, and from the knowledge that they won't have to hit the dirt the next time they face a knuckle slider.
Top Prospect Baseball/Softball Academy
The crack of a bat signals another powerful hit inside Top Prospect's spacious, 70-foot-long batting tunnels. Each cage's Iron Mike pitching machine emulates the power and speed of a cantaloupe tossed by Popeye, sending a feast of fastballs screeching toward homerun-hungry hitters. Top Prospect's 17,500-square-foot facility also divvies its plethora of space for private pitching, fielding, and batting lessons hosted by seasoned instructors, as well as a circuit training area furnished with soft-toss machines, tees, and stride boards that further perfect techniques. The onsite pro shop also equips players with all of the baseball essentials.