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 today's GrouponLive deal: for $26, you get four field-box tickets to any Memphis Redbirds home game scheduled in April at AutoZone Park (a $52 value). Games will be held each day from April 13–20 and 26–30.
The Memphis Redbirds retake the diamond this April as their roster of Triple-A batsmen aim to match the World-Series-winning prowess of their MLB patrons the St. Louis Cardinals and retake the Pacific Coast League championship crown they wore in 2009. As the spring air burbles over downtown, spectators will take in nine innings of high-flying play against Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Omaha, or Iowa at a neo-traditional ballpark, named the country's Top Minor League Ballpark by Baseball America in 2009. From seats along right and left field, national pastime patriots witness drives carom off the foul lines, bloopers plop in the shallow outfield, and hot-dog wrappers scuttling on reconnaissance missions towards the opposing team.
On Saturday nights, a fireworks show rockets a shimmering cavalcade of color into the sky, briefly eclipsing the 23'x30' video screen that soars 13 stories over the field. While April only tallies one-fifth of the Redbirds' 2012 season, fans may still be able to determine whether manager Ron "Pop" Warner's squad will contend in the postseason or finally give into Rockey Redbird's demands for his own birdhouse in left field.