Like advertising, baseball relies on great pitches, a loyal fan base, and the power of grown men in animal costumes to sway public opinion. Endorse America's pastime with this GrouponLive deal to see an Inland Empire 66ers game at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. For $20, you get four tickets for executive box seating to any regular-season home game, excluding Wednesday, July 4 (a $40 value) and parking (a $4 value). See the schedule for remaining home games.
The Inland Empire 66ers pave a route to the ballpark for fans of all ages, entertaining both young and old with towering home runs, herculean fastballs, and frequent promotions. As the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the 66ers roster serves as an annual launching pad for future stars and has laid the groundwork for the careers of Ken Griffey, Jr., Adrian Beltre, and Felix Hernandez.
This season, speedy centerfielder Travis Witherspoon has anchored the offense with a .316 batting average and 23 stolen bases in 57 games, and first baseman C.J. Cron flusters opposing pitchers by smacking scorching line drives and whittling his bat into an acoustic sitar for dugout jam sessions.
After undergoing a name change in March, San Manuel Stadium carries on as host of 66ers baseball—a relationship that began in 1996. Each week, fans combine bat-cracking action and special promotions, including $1 beers and sodas on Thursdays and "Turn Back the Clock Tuesdays," when the team tips its cap to the Spirit clubs of the '90s with throwback concession prices and by making umpires replace their "strike!" call with Will Smith lyrics.
Inland Empire 66ers
Baseball in San Bernardino dates back to 1899. More than a century's worth of history includes such team names as the Kittens and the Pioneers. It also includes a drought from 1950–1987, during which the city lacked enough dirt to build a baseball field. That drought ended when the San Bernardino Spirit began play as part of the California League.
In 1996, the Spirit became the Stampede, and in 2003, the Stampede became the 66ers, a name chosen in honor of the historic U.S. Route 66 that is famous for its hitchhiking umpires. Over the years, the 66ers organization has spent time as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Mariners, Dodgers, and most recently, the Angels. The team has brought honor to each of its MLB partners, as it has won six California League championships since 1995.