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.
- $30 for four tickets to an Inland Empire 66ers game ($57.60 value)
- Where: San Manuel Stadium
- Seating: executive box
- Door time: 6:05 p.m.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Games and Dates
- Against the Stockton Ports on Friday, April 18, at 7:05 p.m.
- Against the Lancaster Jethawks on Thursday, April 24, at 7:05 p.m.
- Against the Modesto Nuts on Thursday, May 29, at 7:05 p.m.
The Scouting Report
You’d be excused if you wrote off the 66ers when the 2013 California League playoffs began. The team squeaked into the postseason as a wild card and advanced through the tournament uneasily, winning the semifinal series in a 15-inning five-and-a-half-hour nail-biter. And once they arrived in the championships, they faced the San Jose Giants, who not only commanded the league’s best record but had beaten the 66ers in 11 of 14 regular-season meetings. Nevertheless, Inland Empire prevailed, rallying to a decisive 3–0 sweep to claim their first title as an Angels affiliate. With the 2014 season just underway, the 66ers look to protect the crown from rival teams that might pose as jewelry-appraisal specialists in order to steal it.
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.