Minor League Baseball Fun and Fireworks


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This is not your father’s baseball league. . . . The Valley Cats of Troy and the Hudson River Valley is a member of the Minor League Baseball League.  What is that, you might ask?  It is none the less a hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in America where young players compete at levels A, AA, or AAA levels.  Our “Cats”  are A level.   These hopeful future Major League players  have opportunities  for  development and preparation to join a ML team.

These Minor League teams have learned the secret to lure the fans in on a lovely summer night and it is not old boring baseball!   Last night, kids were free as guests of GE. Everyone received a glow stick and kids got free tee-shirts.  There were car races, chanting, clapping, games,  and free prizes thrown into the stands.  So much fun the woman and children can forget where they are.  My daughter, granddaughters, and I  are fans  only of  the fun!   We used to root for “outs”, to shorten the game,  but now we are happy to see what comes next.  Last night’s game went from 7- 10 PM which is LONG, I admit, but we knew fireworks were next.  And the score was Valley Cats 8 – Lowell Spinners 4, so there was lots of scoring including several home runs.

If you live near a Minor League Team, do some research.  Some teams have had 5 cent beer which turned ugly and  one  team had to forfeit the game because the fans were throwing the cups, movie theme nights,  and Popsicle night to honor Ted Williams.  The team in South Carolina has the record of the fewest fans – “Nobody Night” where the employees and players were in the park and there was a huge party in the parking lot for the fans with hot dogs and beer for the first half of the game!


Valley Cat Mascot holding last year’s champion trophy!

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Husband’s arm, Henry, Alice, Katie, Grace and Scott!


Autographs!   Who knows , maybe someday this kid will be famous !

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Spectacular sunset. . . .

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Tennis ball tossed from the stands for some wonderful prizes immediately after the game.

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Lights off, crack the glow sticks. . . . let the fireworks begin !

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Great fun for a whole evening at the price of a movie, a sold out crowd of 5000 people. . . . . . . check it out !

Do you go to baseball games?  What teams do you follow?  It is known as the “National Pastime”, do you agree?  Do you think football ( soccer) will surpass baseball or even make a splash in the US?  


About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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22 Responses to Minor League Baseball Fun and Fireworks

  1. Angie Wink says:

    Interesting Anne. I didn’t realize you were a baseball fan. It’s actually the only game I can understand, since we played it while I was growing up. Two of my young cousins have played Minor League, one might still be playing, but the other retired last month at the ripe old age of 28, or maybe 32. The retiree is Chris Swauger, who will begin coaching somewhere in the fall. Can’t remember where, and the one I’m not sure of is Keith Blandford. He has probably washed out, or retired by now. My cousins are in several age groupings, with me in the oldest and Chris and Keith in the next to youngest, and several generations in between. I’ve been blogging about my mom’s family for about a week now, and we are just leaving the Depression period and getting to the weddings. 13 kids in her family, so there are a lot of memories there.


  2. Minor league baseball games can be a lot of fun. It’s a rough go for most of the players, however. It’s just so difficult to move up through the system. Glad you enjoyed the night at the yard.


  3. In my world it’s all about the football 🙂 that’s the UK for you! X


  4. Don Ostertag says:

    Baseball! While I love most sports, and while my best sport was football, my favorite was and still is, baseball, in person, on TV, and on the radio. Growing up ‘town ball’ games was big time in the small farming towns. Actually still is. And while the Twin Cities have major league baseball, the St. Paul Saints is a team in an Independent league and it draws sell out crowds in it’s small stadium. Often the game is secondary to the other things that go on, like a trained pig that brings the bucket of balls to the umps and a nun that gives massages during the game.


    • annetbell says:

      What a wonderful story! Men in my fam are off to Baltimore for weekend games against the Yankees! Women are looking forward to Lavender Festival and shopping . . . .


  5. Dalo 2013 says:

    Loved this post…especially as I have been traveling and completely missed out on the 4th of July (couldn’t even call home…). Nothing quite like the baseball of summer, and minor league baseball is so great as the players truly love the game (and are pushing forward on their dreams…). Beautiful post.


    • annetbell says:

      Thank you so much. Am glad it brought a bit of home to you from far away!


      • Dalo 2013 says:

        It did bring a piece of home to me. Now that I am back, I’m ready to watch the Mariners play ~ they have such a great ball park.


      • annetbell says:

        You know all my traveling and I have never been to Oregon or Washington State. I would love to see the underground city in Seattle. I saw it on a travel show once and always remembered it. Have you see it ?


      • Dalo 2013 says:

        Funny you mentioned the Underground Tour… Yes, and it was nice ~ but the underground tour of Pendleton Oregon is even better (home town bias warning) 🙂

        The Olympic Mnts. are definitely worth a visit, and their beauty is only rivaled by the incredible Oregon Coast. You really need to visit…a great place to enjoy and relax.


      • annetbell says:

        Thanks so much for the information. Not sure when I will be there but will add it to the list. Have you ever been to Jackson Hole Wyoming? It is spectacular. . . .if you don’t know it , google it for info! Smiles. . . .


      • Dalo 2013 says:

        Jackson…I was just talking with my sister this morning about wanting to visit there again. Start in Jackson and end up in Yellowstone and then drive through the Palouse country (Eastern Washington farmland). I think I could easily live in Wyoming…I actually want to visit Cody because my parents went there when they were young and loved it.


      • annetbell says:

        Yes, we went to Yellowstone but not the drive through the Palouse. Great camping , tubbing, skiing in the winter…..also great shopping….destination place. KNow lots of people who go there from VA. Great for teens and outdoor types. . . .watch out for the bears!

        We were on the way east from AZ we loved it as one of the great places in the US. Haven’t seen Cody.. . .


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