Despite baseball's unofficial theme song, peanuts and crackerjacks were replacements for the original, mid-1850s snacks of heavily salted licorice and wooden chewin' slabs. Keep your family traditions classic, but not too classic, with today's Groupon: for $24, you get two MVP box tickets to one Stockton Ports home game in August (up to a $24 value).
The Stockton Ports, a Class A-Advanced minor-league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, slug flung spheres and cater to the cheers of hometown spectators at the storied, 5,200-seat Banner Island Ballpark. During the remaining August home games, the Ports throw fastballs and banana-cream pies down the catcher's padded gauntlet in game sets against rival squads such as the Lancaster JetHawks and Inland Empire 66ers before finishing up the month in a crunchy confrontation with the Modesto Nuts. MVP box seats ($12 at the door, $11 in advance) afford a player’s-eye view of the base-spangled diamond from box seats directly behind home plate and extending toward both team benches.
Fans can immerse themselves in the game while following the emerging talent of future big-league stars—the team’s 70-year history has witnessed the launches of numerous major-league careers, such as those of Ben Sheets, Gary Sheffield, and Stomper the elephant. As fly balls blot out the sun, fans can take advantage of promotions such as a fireworks extravaganza on August 19, a pink-jersey auction to raise breast-cancer awareness on August 26, an on-field photo day on August 28, and buckets of fresh air and stargazing every night.
404 W Fremont St.
Stockton, California 95203