Just like flying squirrels, baseball players are adept at gliding across grassy fields, munching on seeds, and dodging bats in midair. Witness this acrobatic species in its natural habitat with this Groupon: for $12, you get two vouchers for reserved grandstand seating to any Vancouver Canadians 2012 regular-season home game at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (a $25 value). All games begin at either 1:05 p.m. or 7:05 p.m.; click here for a full schedule.
A short-season Class A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Vancouver Canadians live up to their name, serving as Canada's only affiliated minor-league team. After gleaning an 8–2 record over the first 10 games, the squad stands firmly among the Northwest League's best teams, led by third baseman Balbino Fuenmayor, who has amassed 15 RBIs and three home runs while batting .400 over the same period. While watching the action, spectators can quiet their rowdy stomachs with Scotiabank Stadium's foot-long hot dogs and chilled domestic brews. On scheduled nights, a fireworks show concludes the evening with colourful shoulder punches to overhead clouds, and every Sunday, kids can shake off nine torturous innings of sitting still by running the bases after the game.
The Vancouver Canadians are the only affiliated minor-league team in Canada. As a Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League between 1978 and 1999, they claimed three championships as well as a Triple-A World Series. In 2011, the Canadians became the Toronto Blue Jays’ short-season class-A affiliate, taking home the Northwest League’s championship title that year, beginning a streak of three consecutive titles. The team plays its home games at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium—which was built in 1951, a storied time in baseball when a hot dog cost a nickel and a tie was settled with a ten-step duel.