Because baseball games are no longer used to settle land disputes and damages from horse collisions, they’ve become the battleground for deciding which U.S. city will be the first to move to the moon. Catch a nation-changing showdown with this GrouponLive deal to see the Gary SouthShore RailCats play at U.S. Steel Yard. For $10, you get a game package (a $25 total value) that includes the following:
- Two tickets for box seating in sections 103–112 a $20 value, including all fees).
- A $5 Cat Coin, which can be redeemed for anything in the stadium, from merchandise to snacks.
Choose from the following games:
- Against the Wichita Wingnuts on Friday, May 25, at 7:10 p.m.
- Against the Wichita Wingnuts on Saturday, May 26, at 6:10 p.m.
- Against the Wichita Wingnuts on Sunday, May 27, at 2:10 p.m.
- Against the Sioux Falls Pheasants on Monday, May 28, at 7:10 p.m.
- Against the Sioux Falls Pheasants on Tuesday, May 29, at 11:10 a.m.
- Against the Sioux Falls Pheasants on Wednesday, May 30, at 11:10 a.m.
After a long offseason of training camps and corking their bats filled with moonshine, the Gary SouthShore RailCats return to the U.S. Steel Yard for opening weekend of the 2012 season. Members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball since 2011, the team has claimed the Northern League's title twice—in 2005 and 2007—after reaching the championship series a record five years in a row. This season, 14-year veteran Rico Washington returns to the plate once again after amassing 83 RBIs in 2011, and manager Greg Tagert looks to cement his legacy as the winningest coach in RailCats history. Throughout both season-opening series, the team hosts several special events, including a postgame fireworks display on May 25 and a visit from champion professional eater Takeru Kobayashi, who arrives on May 27 to throw out the opening pitch and challenge fans to see who can eat the most baseballs.
Gary SouthShore RailCats
During the Gary SouthShore RailCats' inaugural season in 2002, the players spent an estimated 200 hours on buses—traveling approximately 12,000 miles without their own ballpark to call home. Indeed, the diamond at U.S. Steel Yard was still under construction, forcing the team to play its entire first season on the road. But while the trip could have been a rocky way for an organization to start out, it instead forecasted a wild ride ahead in which the RailCats never stopped moving. After just four years, the RailCats captured their first Northern League title, marking the first of five straight appearances in the championship series—a Northern League record.
Despite that first year away from home, the RailCats seem to have settled in well at U.S. Steel Yard. Within the park, views of the South Shore commuter train remind fans of the team's origins, and a 55-foot scoreboard towers over left-centerfield in much the same way early pitchers once towered over batters from atop a stack of milk crates.