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 to see the Washington Wild Things play at Consol Energy Park in Washington. For $13, you get a game-day package (a $26 total value) that includes the following:
- One ticket for reserved seating (a $10 value).
- One adjustable hat (a $16 value).
Choose from the following games, all at 7:05 p.m.:
- Against the Florence Freedom on Wednesday, June 20
- Against the Freedom on Thursday, June 21
- Against the Freedom on Friday, June 22
- Against the Lake Erie Crushers on Sunday, June 24
- Against the Crushers on Monday, June 25
After a disappointing season overall in 2011, the Washington Wild Things look to capitalize on last year’s strengths—including the least-earned runs by any pitching staff in the Frontier League—as two series against East Division rivals give the team a shot to get closer to the division’s top spot without asking it about its favorite movies. Southpaw pitcher Alfonso Yevoli joins the club fresh from graduation, having posted a 2.57 ERA last year at Tennessee Wesleyan College, and outfielder Allen Boyer lends his own collegiate accomplishments to the team, namely a .350 batting average with Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010. Inside Consol Energy Park, fans can fill up with concessions, lounge in the picnic area with a pregame buffet, or join mascot Wild Thing in heart-to-heart conversations about the redemptive power of love.
Washington Wild Things
In 2001, Washington County faced a dilemma. A new baseball park was under construction just off I-70, but the field had no team to call it home. Rather than let unemployed mascots set up circus tents in the outfield, a group of local business owners purchased the Ohio-based Canton Crocodiles and moved the franchise to Pennsylvania. Months later, the Washington Wild Things inaugurated the new stadium with a dazzling bit of irony, losing their first-ever game against the very team that replaced the Crocodiles in Canton.
Nevertheless, the Wild Things finished the 2002 season in grand fashion, setting a league record for wins and claiming first place in the Frontier League's powerful East Division, and the team went on to make six straight playoff appearances from 2002–2007. Throughout its history, the Wild Things have featured a number of future and former big-leaguers, and its roster regularly includes Pittsburgh natives, who grew up practicing their swings with steel girders.