Baseball is back!! That’s a very exciting sentence to type and one that I can’t put enough emphasis on.
I’ve been a baseball fan my entire life and with the addition of the pitch clock, the banning of the shift, and the bigger bases, Baseball is more exciting than it has ever been. Game times have decreased by around 30 minutes on average, stolen bases are up, the action has been magnified and even the oldest of old-school purists of the game have taken notice of the effectiveness of the new rules. What’s not to love?! Everybody wins!
Baseball happens to be my first love, and as a Dad, it’s also a family activity that I treasure. In fact, I just visited several Spring Training games with my son, who happens to be in Grad School in Florida. It was a really great experience and I wondered how I could convey that back here in Kentucky.
So I thought it would be a great idea to showcase “Kids Opening Day” at Louisville Slugger Field. What better way to convey the family-friendly atmosphere at Slugger Field?
Kids’ admission was just $1, with kids under 12 getting in for free. There were several inflatables for the kiddos to bounce on in the Hall of Fame area, Ed’s Dinosaurs were in attendance for photos and rides, then there was the Kid and Family Area playground, PLUS, the kiddos were allowed to run the bases after the game.
In an age of rising costs, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more affordable, action-packed, or just plain fun activity for the entire family. It’s truly a treat!
Also, while it’s no secret that the Cincinnati Reds are in full rebuild mode, you can get a glimpse of their future by attending some Bats games. Top prospects Elly De La Cruz, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand are coming off the injured list soon, SS Matt McLain is on the roster and you can catch current Reds stars Joey Votto and Nick Senzel on rehab assignments.
You can also visit the statue of the greatest baseball player that Kentucky has ever produced. The bronze statue of PeeWee Reese captures the agility and athleticism that propelled PeeWee all the way the Baseball Hall Of Fame. PeeWee was also a great humanitarian who took Jackie Robinson under his wing, playing a large part in helping Jackie break the color barrier. His name may be PeeWee, but few Kentuckians stand taller.