A GREAT view of the field at AT&T Park in Chattanooga during their pre-season open house!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Opening day in Kentucky

I am fidgeting right now in need of some baseball. Yeah, I can catch some spring training stuff on TV, but I am really in need of hitting some games in the lower levels. I have some road trips planned already.
Last I checked, there are still standing room tickets available for the Bowling Green Hot Rods home and franchise opener. This should be exciting. I won't be able to make that game, but I am hoping to get down there soon. This is already an exciting team on several levels. They will switch leagues next season, so their 1st season will be their only one in the SAL. Bowling Green is a great area too. The Bowling Green area is centrally located. Its a pretty easy drive from almost anywhere in the state. I could see a family making a nice 1 day vacation out of a trip to the area now. Get up early, drive to Mammoth Cave, take a tour or do some hiking in the park. Don't forget a trip through Big Mike's Fun house a couple of miles from the park. They could swing by the mall or the Corvette Museum, and hit a game in the evening before driving back home. That sounds like a great economical 1 day vacation for a family to me!
At this moment, it looks like the Louisville Bats still have opening day tickets left too. Seeing the Bats is similar to going to a game in the Majors. Their stadium is cozy. Great skyline view, and it is in one of those cool old train station settings. I think the park is over shadowed sometimes by some of the other Louisville events and sights. It is amazing and should be a stop while in Louisville. They have some cool promotions this year too. 1964 is going to be there one night!
The Legends are my home team, and seeing a game is always fun. They have a ton of promotions too. I have been out there several times where they have had unannounced promotions. There is a very good vibe going on here. The park feels more like a AA park then a single A park too. The park should be full opening day, but there should be tickets still available.
The Florence Freedom start their season a little later. They do have some exhibition games planned before their season gets going. This park is so relaxed. I love seeing green over an outfield wall. Belle is about the coolest mascot around. The Freedom are probably the most underrated baseball experience in the area. Check out their new web site too. It is the best online representation of a team I have seen.
Don't forget the other cool baseball teams right outside of the state. In Ohio, the Columbus Clippers are now an Indians affiliate, and they are playing in a new stadium for the 1st time in a zillion years! The Dayton Dragons put on a spectacular show, but good luck scoring tickets to any game there.
In Indiana, the Evansville Otters will continue playing in one of the oldest pro-ballparks. I am planning on catching the Indianapolis Indians in the next few weeks. Indianapolis, in my opinion, is one of the nicest, cleanest major cities. I love their downtown mall area.
In Tennessee, the Smokies will be managed by Ryne Sandberg! How often can you see a current Hall of Famer at a park? Every night in Knoxville! Memphis will host the parent club, the Cardinals for 2 exhibition games before their season gets going.

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