Baseball enthusiasts can’t properly behold the glorious seventh-inning stretch in a crowded living room, because there’s always someone standing on the coffee table getting his forehead rhythmically slammed by the ceiling fan. Catch the game in comfort with today's Groupon: for $50, you get 10 club-box tickets to any of the remaining games of the Inland Empire 66ers, including the game against the Lancaster JetHawks and dads-kids pregame catch on Sunday, June 12.
Boasting a full bench of promising prospects, the 66ers—the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim—give national time-passers an opportunity to watch budding talents supernova into future major-league stars. A complimentary program makes it easy to scope out the stats of the new swinging stars and crafty pitchers making their debut appearances, as well as see a baseball mascot frolicking in its natural habitat rather than pacing around a cage at the zoo. The club won California League championships in 1995, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2006 and is primed for another run at the crown.
The 66ers also keeps its families of fans entertained with wholesome special events. On June 12, parents and their novelty miniature adults get a chance to play catch on the field of Arrowhead Credit Union Park and maybe spot themselves on the full-color video board.
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.