Most minor-league baseball teams choose their names by drawing random words out of a novelty ice-cream bowl, but some pick their monikers by walking blindfolded into a hardware store. Discover the importance of high-quality fasteners with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get 10 Wichita Wingnuts lower-box tickets, valid for any regular season game (a $105 value).
The Wichita Wingnuts delight die-hard baseball fans and casual onlookers of all ages with classic minor-league fun. An American Association independent baseball franchise, the Wingnuts finished the 2010 regular season in third place, but are swinging for even higher fences this season. Under the direction of manager Kevin Hooper, a former major leaguer and Wingnut who stole 33 bases and was never indicted, the team is taking aim at 2011 baseball and hot-dog eating championships.
Homegrown fans can cheer for Wichita State alum Jared Simon, an indigenous Kansas pitcher, as he mounts the mound to hurl crimson-stitched orbs at shape-shifting alien invaders cleverly disguised as the opposing team. The team's Lawrence-Dumont Stadium is currently undergoing renovations, but is slated to be ready in time for the Wingnuts’ home opener on May 20. On May 7, fans can attend an open house from 1 to 5 pm, during which they have a chance to meet team members and see the new renovations.