Baseball is often considered to be the “great American pastime” because it is a game that is beloved by people from many walks of life. Pretty much everywhere you go in America during the summertime you’ll find a group gathering around the ball diamond to have some fun playing a friendly game. Lots of baseball lovers become lifelong fans of a Major League Baseball (MLB) team. However, you don’t have to have an allegiance to any particular team to enjoy going to watch a live game on a sunny day. This is especially true if you are visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York.
When baseball loving guests arrive at their favorite Finger Lakes Rentals vacation spot they are often surprised to find out that they can enjoy live professional baseball. The region is home numerous professional and semi – pro teams including three active MLB affiliate teams that provide plenty of summertime fun for fans.
The three teams are:
Binghamton Mets – AA affiliate of the NY Mets
Rochester Red Wings – AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins
Syracuse Chiefs – AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals
All three are part of the U.S. minor league baseball system. Or, put in more casual terms, they are a farm team for their major league counterparts. Professional farm teams give fans a glimpse of players at different stages of their careers. Affiliate teams are considered training grounds for talented players on the rise. Rookies with potential to play in the major leagues are groomed at the Triple-A level before getting a shot at big league play. You can come out and watch a future sports star in the making.
Another great reason to come to these games is that you get to see popular major league players that are temporarily playing minor league ball. Usually, these guys are recovering from an injury and getting themselves back into tip-top shape.
Minor league baseball offers just as much excitement as any professional game, except you can enjoy all of the fun without shelling out big bucks for seats. All of the Finger Lakes affiliate teams have ongoing special promotions where they give away free hot dogs, cola drinks and various cool items. For instance, the Syracuse Red Wings has a birthday promotion that features balloons, game tickets, your birthday announced to the whole park, a mascot visit, personalized cake and a special gift for the birthday guest of honor.
Celebrity appearances and autograph signings are also popular happenings at the ballpark. But, of course, the main attraction is spending a day watching teams play the time-honored game of baseball. There is nothing quite like sitting in the stand with family and friends as you root for a player to make it safely across home plate.
While you are enjoying your stay at a Finger Lakes Rental property, consider taking a day trip to a nearby stadium to enjoy a professional baseball game. You are sure to have a fun time while seeing some of the game’s best players in action.