While playing dream baseball is an efficient use of one's sleeping time, its training is unreliable since batters normally go to the plate fully clothed and balls don't look like eighth grade English teachers. Practice real-world hitting with today's Groupon: for $5, you get 84 pitches (a $10 value) in the batting cages at Uptown Sports Complex in the Bronx. Children and adults can exorcise fidget-demons accumulated through constant exposure to fluorescent lights amid Uptown Sports Complex's gymnasiums, batting cages, and studios. Amateur home run hitters get 84 chances to work out kinks in their swing and practice age-appropriate grand slam celebrations.
- Not far away, Ernies Alemais, 36, stood at one end of the batting cage with a mitt on his left hand and a bat in his right. He is a co-owner of Uptown Sports Complex, a cavernous space between a funeral home and the OTB near Van Cortlandt Park. The complex consists of four hitting tunnels, a gymnasium and several rooms for dance classes, yoga, and birthday parties. – Alex Belth, Sports Illustrated
Uptown Sports Complex
Inside Uptown Sports Complex's 16,000-square-foot facility, the cracks of baseball bats, the beats of hip-hop dance classes, and the rallying cries of cheerleaders combine into a constant, energetic din. The complex gives visitors of all ages plenty of outlets for their energy, such as baseball and gymnastics training camps for youngsters and Zumba dance classes for adults. Kids' classes typically take place after school and during the summer; check the class schedule for current class offerings.