Before baseball caught on, the national pastime was dangerously close to being horse thievery, gander goosing, or painfully earnest father-son conversations. Celebrate a less-awkward brand of patriotism with today’s Groupon: for $18, you get two field reserve box seats, two hot dogs with chips, and two $5 credits to the Team Store at any Sunday through Thursday Gateway Grizzliesgame in Sauget (up to a $38 value). Valid games are scheduled from May 31 through August 3.
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. Field reserve box seats (up to a $20 value for two) situate spectators close to the fast-flying action of the team and the capering of team mascot Izzy the Grizzlie, who transforms seventh-inning stretches into surreal vaudeville acts of fanatical bear antics. Between munching on hot dogs and potato chips (up to an $8 value for two), fans can take in the friendly, comfortable confines of GCS Ballpark, an intimate 6,000-seat stadium where fans can witness the shortshop making spectacular catches and mathematicians calculating the trajectory of fly balls from the outfield. The Team Store broadcasts Grizzlies pride to the wider world with memorabilia such as a giant foam claw ($5) and a Grizzlies bib ($8), ideal for outfitting a baby Babe Ruth. Each $5 gift certificate must be used toward a separate purchase.
2301 Grizzlie Bear Blvd.
Sauget, Illinois 62206