Statistics help fans analyze a baseball player’s career, from quantifying a slugger’s batting average to measuring a right fielder’s apathy. See numbers come to life with this GrouponLive deal to see the Holyoke Blue Sox play at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get two tickets valid for any regular-season home game listed on the schedule (a $12 value), two hot dogs (a $7 value), and two bottled sodas (a $5 value; a $24 total value).
- For $24, you get four tickets valid for any regular-season home game (a $24 value), four hot dogs (a $14 value), and four bottled sodas (a $10 value; a $48 total value).<p>
Fresh from their 2011 season, a franchise best in which they came within a hair’s breadth of the Western Division pennant, the Holyoke Blue Sox hope to lay down further franchise records in 2012. A member of the summer-only New England Collegiate Baseball League, the Blue Sox draw from the hottest NCAA-eligible talent. Players can stay with the team for up to four years, and all six of their players hand-picked for the 2011 Western Division All-Star team are eligible to return this year—including pitcher Ben Mount and first baseman Trey Mancini—which makes the Blue Sox’s prospects look promising.
The team wields homefield advantage at Mackenzie Stadium, a venue that can seat more than 4,000 fans. The 2012 schedule includes 42 home games, during which visitors can enjoy the national pastime while noshing on hot dogs and using sips of soda to wash down fly balls they catch during the game.
Holyoke Blue Sox
A member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League since 2008, the Blue Sox incubates top college players while they stay fresh and limber between seasons in the NCAA. Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the league consists of 10 teams across six New England states, all competing in a summer of hardball that begins in June and concludes with the playoffs in August, just before players trade in baseballs for rubber-band balls and return to school. Originally founded in 1997 as the Concord Quarry Dogs, the Blue Sox wield homefield advantage at Mackenzie Stadium, a venue that can seat more than 4,000 fans or 30 anti-T-shirt missile silos.