The Force Was With Us in Chattanooga

***Stop #11 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Chattanooga (TN) Lookouts*** AT&T Park would have been a perfect landing spot for Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.  The home stadium of the Chattanooga Lookouts is positioned about 50 steps above the nearest downtown street level – a road appropriately called Power Alley. Fans would gladly climb those stairs tonight … [Read more…]

Lessons About Leadership Learned (and Lost) in Louisville

***Stop #10 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Louisville (KY) Bats*** There are a bunch of sports related monuments around Louisville, but my favorite stands in front of Louisville Slugger Field – the home of the Louisville Bats (Class AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds). The bronzed figure making an off-balanced throw in front of the stadium’s … [Read more…]

Keeping Kids Interested When the Game’s Over in the 1st Inning

***Stop #7 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Cedar Rapids (IA) Kernels*** The Cedar Rapids Kernels needed a win to secure a playoff berth – and, boy, did they respond! After a 9-run bottom of the first inning, there was no doubt that September baseball in the Midwest League would be visiting Veterans Memorial Stadium in Eastern … [Read more…]

Guest #MiLBRoundTripper from Jeff Tepper: Road Tripping in the Minors

Two things I never did as a kid were summer road trips, and going to minor league baseball games.  Growing up in suburban Boston, my family’s annual summer vacation was typically taken on Martha’s Vineyard.  Living 20 minutes from Fenway Park with a Red Sox weekend ticket package split with my aunt and uncle’s family, … [Read more…]

No Moon Pie Sugar High Needed to Love the Smokies

***Stop #5 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Tennessee Smokies*** I fell in love with Sevierville, Tennessee – and it all started with the Tennessee Smokies affiliation with Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. As a born-and-raised Chicago Cubs fan, I was excited to see my favorite team’s Double-A affiliate in action. The Smokies look like the Major … [Read more…]

A Big League Day Spent in the Minors in Greenville, SC

***Stop 4 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Greenville (SC) Drive*** There was an electricity in the air at Fluor Field on Tuesday night – the atmosphere felt big league-like. Fans were everywhere – lining the streets, more than twenty deep in the bag check line and shuffling shoulder-to-shoulder along the stadium’s concourse. The playfully dismissive chuckle … [Read more…]

Mastering a Day with Kids in Augusta, GA

****Stop #3 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Augusta (GA.) GreenJackets*** When the promotion of the Minor League game you’re attending starts with “Feed Your Face”, there are a few things that every parent must know. Trust me, I learned them first-hand watching the Augusta GreenJackets tonight. First, throw the diet out the window. The concept of any … [Read more…]