Before baseball caught on, the national pastime was dangerously close to being horse thievery, gander goosing, or painfully earnest father-son conversations. Celebrate baseball's place in the recreational hierarchy with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get nine tickets for field-reserve box seats (a $90 value) at any home game between mid-May and August 18 for the Gateway Grizzlies' 2011 minor-league baseball season. Games are played at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, and today's deal allows you to use your nine tickets in any combination of ways—use all nine tickets at a single outing or spread them out over the course of the season, using them to bribe coworkers into letting you push the buttons on the elevator.
The Gateway Grizzlies field a cheer-worthy battalion of batmen, fireballers, and other baseball practitioners, all set on reclaiming their 2003 title as Frontier League Champions. Led by the league's all-time home-run king, catcher Charlie Lisk, the sluggers and hurlers are poised for a 2011 campaign of remorseless base-stealing and the choking of rivers with their dead. Parking is free at Grizzlies games. Team mascot Izzy the Grizzlie transforms mundane seventh-inning stretches into surreal vaudeville acts of fanatical bear antics, such as devouring opposing salmon. Forage through the Grizzlies' schedule for specific game dates, and be sure to call the ticket office ahead of time to reserve your seats.