Playing baseball takes coordination, upper-body strength, and the courage to run counterclockwise even though that direction is normally only for the immoral and weak-hearted. See strong-willed Americans with this Groupon.
- $19 for four tickets to a Louisville Bats game (a $39 value)
- When: Any home game between Friday, May 10 and Thursday, May 30; see the schedule
- Where: Louisville Slugger Field
- Seating: Reserved, sections 101–106 or 125–132
- Door time: One hour prior to first pitch
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
The Scouting Report
13.8 seconds. That's how long it took Bats outfielder Billy Hamilton to run around the bases on July 15, 2012, when he hit an inside-the-park-homerun while playing for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The 11th best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, Hamilton now races around the diamond at Louisville Slugger Field, stealing bases and avoiding traps set by Wile E. Coyote. Through 12 games in 2013, he's helped the Bats to a 6-6 record and has already swiped seven bags. During a dozen home games in May, Bats fans can clock Hamilton while enjoying various promotions, including beer specials and postgame fireworks on May 10 and 24.
Baseball in Louisville dates back to 1876 when the Louisville Grays began playing as part of the National League. Soon after the turn of the 20th century, minor league baseball arrived in Derby City and for 70 years, the Louisville Colonels commanded it. Their departure in 1972, however, led to a period of inactivity, as well as a period of unemployed umpires roaming the city shouting "SAFE!" at landing birds. Ten years later, baseball returned with the arrival of the Louisville Redbirds, who eventually became the RiverBats in 1998, and simply the Bats in 2002. Over the years this franchise has spent time as the affiliate of three big league teams: the St. Louis Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers, and its current affiliate, the Cincinnati Reds.