I absolutely love Minor League Baseball and really need to get to more games. I love being much closer than you’ll ever get at a Major League Baseball game (unless you feel like handing over $1,250 to Lonn Trost and the rest of the ass hats in the Yankees organization). I love the relaxed, family atmosphere. I love paying $1.75 for a hotdog and $4 for a freezing cold beer. I love enjoying the game itself and not stressing over who’s winning and losing.
Just for the sake of getting out of town and doing something different, my girlfriend and I spent Saturday night in the bustling metropolis of Reading, Pa. We did some outlet shopping during the day (half-price Coach bags, ladies!), then went to FirstEnergy Stadium to see the Harrisburg Senators, the AA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, take on the Reading Phillies, the AA affiliate of the real Phillies.
While driving into the parking lot — and by the way, not only were fourth-row tickets behind the Phillies’ dugout $11.50, but parking was free (yes, free!) — we saw a sign that said, “Brad Lidge tonight.” Yes, that Brad Lidge, the closer of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Lidge pitched the top of the first inning as part of his injury rehab, and it was remarkable to watch him pitch from so close. He dominated his inning after a leadoff single, then was probably well past the Reading city limits by the time rain delayed the game after the bottom of the first inning.
Brad Lidge, chicken cheesesteak, Lancaster Brewing Rare Rooster and Hop Hog and fourth-row seats, all for probably under $50, including the beer: Like I said, I absolutely love Minor League Baseball!