When it comes to being a sports fan, I’m what you might call a late bloomer. A very late bloomer. In fact, there’s a much-embellished story in our family about the first time my husband—then boyfriend—brought me to a Cal football game. Not realizing we were on hallowed ground, I brought a book.
Fast forward fifteen years. Now my own son is in love with sports—especially baseball—and my husband is in heaven. I still don’t know a suicide squeeze from a sacrifice fly, but I can’t help channeling their love of the game.
Which is how I once came to spend $600 on baseball tickets.
In my defense, it was a Father’s Day surprise for my husband (a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan) in 2006 when Barry Bonds was expected to tie or break Hank Aaron’s homerun record any day. We had fun too, just not $600 worth of fun.
When baseball season rolled around the following year and it was time to buy tickets, I hesitated. Even the cheapest seats at AT&T Park go for $18 each and, really, who wants to sit there? I decided to check out the San Jose Giants instead where the best seats go for $15.
We felt liked we’d traveled back in time.
Municipal Stadium clean, sparkling, and very small town USA. It has lots of the things you’d expect from an MLB game (a big furry mascot, great food, and special games and promotions for kids) and some that you wouldn’t (legendary churros, an carnival arcade-style family fun zone, and half-priced beers for an inning if the Giants strike out the designated “beer batter” on the other team). In short, it’s the best sports value around.
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area (or if you’re making plans to travel here this baseball season), you should totally check out a game.
If that’s not geographically convenient, check out this list of minor league teams by affiliation and find a team near you (or near where you’ll be vacationing this summer!). Whether you find yourself cheering for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Montgomery Biscuits, or the Carolina Mudcats, I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.