Before baseball caught on, the national pastime was dangerously close to being horse thievery, gander goosing, or painfully earnest father-son conversations. Thank your lucky stars it did by partaking in some summertime spheroid smashing with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a field-reserve box ticket, hot dog, chips, soda, five Grizzlie Bucks, and 10 pitches on the ProBatter machine (a $26.75 total value) during a Gateway Grizzlies 2010 regular-season home game or potential playoff game of your choice at GCS Ballpark in Sauget.
As the Gateway Grizzlies vow to reclaim their 2003 title as Frontier League champions or choke the rivers with their dead, fans can watch them triumph from the very best of ballpark tush cushions: field-reserve box seats (a $10 value at the box office). A hot dog (a $1.75 value), chips (a $2 value), and soda (a $3 value) all give the mouth something to do besides scream at the umpire for attempting to surreptitiously break up with his girlfriend via text message. The five Grizzlie Bucks ($5) can be used toward additional food and merchandise at the ballpark. For the complete experience, zealous baseball buffs will get to step up to the virtual plate and take swings at 10 pitches ($5) with the ProBatter PX2 Professional Baseball System. ProBatter synchronizes videos of real pitchers with a pitching machine, creating the sensation of facing a professional knuckleballer that is so convincing, you can almost feel the tobacco juice sprinkling your face.
Independent-league baseball has some notable advantages over its major-league counterpart. Parking is free at Grizzlies games, and team mascot Izzy the Grizzlie transforms the time-honored home runs, beer, and seventh-inning stretches into a surreal realm of fanatical antics. It’s easier to score autographs from the players without the risk of your adoring eight-year-old getting tazed. And best of all, a Grizzlies game still brings all the exciting gameplay, top-level athletics, and national time-passery that St. Louis lives, breathes, and bathes in. Call the ticket office to arrange your ticket pick-up for the Gateway Grizzlies game of your choice.
Though most spectators are too busy watching the game to write reviews, three Insider Pagers give the Grizzlies a perfect five stars:
- There is something for the whole family. Just outside of the third base line is a playground for the young and young at heart. At different times through out the season they have promotions that are fun for the entire family from run the bases for the kids to reasonable prices on food and drink for the adults. The seats are all close to the action, close enough that you feel like you are part of the game. – S P., Insider Pages