Like omelette preparation, good sportsmanship requires excellent reflexes, proper protective attire, and a willingness to pelt hecklers with rotten eggs. Light a fire under your training routine with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sporting goods and indoor batting-cage use at Mercury Sports on Carpenter Street.
From the confines of its new facility, Mercury Sports' retail store outfits Olympians of all athletic persuasions with a large selection of athletic wear. Starting players and hopeful benchwarmers dressing for the job can gear up for the season with all the necessities, including Rawling’s baseball helmets ($16.99), football practice jerseys ($11.99), and protective gloves ($39.99) worn for especially intense games of sudoku. Armour undershirts ($20.99), basketball mesh shorts ($14.99), and Power Balance wristbands ($24.99) will likewise keep sweat-prone athletes from drowning in their own perspiration.
After surfing the clothing racks, break in your new baseball socks ($4.99) at one of Mercury’s three batting cages. Solo sluggers can hone their Babe Ruth impersonations on the Iron Mike ($20/60 minutes, $14/30 minutes, and $7/15 minutes)—a remote-controlled, self-fed pitching machine. The Jugs and the Lite Flight ($25/60 minutes, $13/30 minutes) throw baseballs or softballs, with the Lite Flight firing a devilish storm of fastballs, curve balls, sliders, and White Castle sliders just to mess with you. These two machines require two people to operate, creating a fun bonding opportunity between competitive siblings, outlaw duos, and active couples. Batters must bring their own helmets and bats. Call ahead to make a reservation.
For more than 40 years, Mercury Sports has provided the gear, facilities, and training to help athletes find their stride in baseball, softball, and other sports. Baseball instructors help players fine-tune all aspects of their game, from swing mechanics to pitching and fielding, in small-group lessons. Sluggers looking to practice on their own time can spend time facing pitches from remote-controlled or wheel-action machines in one of the center's three batting cages. Inside Mercury's retail shop, sales associates stock football helmets, shoulder pads, and chest guards from top brands such as Under Armour and Rawlings. Coaches can also order customized team jerseys and screen-printed gear to make their players appear uniform without forcing them all to get the same haircut.
408 Carpenter St.
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