Before the invention of the wooden bat, baseball players were forced to swing at pitches with the hardened exterior of a month-old corn dog. Spectate the sport’s evolution with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a family four-pack of tickets to any 2011 regular-season home game and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch and serve as an honorary bat kid at a Palm Beach Cardinals game in Jupiter (an $80 value). Attendants must arrive at least one hour in advance to participate in the on-field activities.
The Palm Beach Cardinals—the Class A Advanced affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals—send stitched spheres flying over the fences at Roger Dean Stadium. Ticket holders can fashion themselves a Cardinal for a day by throwing the first pitch to officially signal the beginning of the game and to weed out baseballs that detonate on impact. After the ceremonial proceedings, adolescent attendants 12 and younger act as honorary bat kids, hauling the rosin bag to the pitching mound. The Fast Pitch package includes four field box game-day tickets, giving family units admission for field box seats to any 2011 regular-season home game of their choosing.