Take Me Out to the Ballgame

July 6, 2011

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
–Babe Ruth–

Electing to stay in town this past 4th of July weekend, we discovered fun and inexpensive entertainment not far away in Daytona Beach. No, not the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR race, but that All-American sport — baseball.

Daytona Beach is home to the Daytona Cubs, the minor league team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. And May through September, they play their hearts out.

Just shy of 5,000 people (which is close to capacity at the small Jackie Robinson ballpark) joined us for an All-American 4th of July evening of baseball, hot dogs and fireworks.  The Cubs didn’t let us down either. What the final score of 12-5 doesn’t tell you is that 10 of the Cubs’ points came during the 5th inning alone. Everything connected during that inning and the Cubs just couldn’t stop scoring.

Vietnam Vets of America Color Guard

 

July 4th Game in play (Photo by Matt O'Neill)

Batter up (Photo by Matt O'Neill)

 

The Florida State League

The Florida State League is a Class-A Advanced minor league baseball league, and when the players get to this level, they usually already have 3-4 years of professional play under their belt. 

There are two divisions in the Florida State League: North and South.

North Division
Brevard County Manatees (Affiliation: Milwaukee Brewers)
Clearwater Threshers (Affiliation: Philadelphia Phillies)
Daytona Cubs (Affiliation: Chicago Cubs)
Dunedin Blue Jays (Affiliation: Toronto Blue Jays)
Lakeland Flying Tigers (Affiliation: Detroit Tigers)
Tampa Yankees (Affiliation: New York Yankees)

South Division
Bradenton Marauders (Affiliation: Pittsburgh Pirates)
Charlotte Stone Crabs (Affiliation: Tampa Bay Rays)
Fort Myers Miracle (Affiliation: Minnesota Twins)
Jupiter Hammerheads (Affiliation: Florida Marlins)
Palm Beach Cardinals (Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals)
St. Lucie Mets (Affiliation: New York Mets)

A little baseball for everyone, all over Florida.

Although individual stats rule more than team wins here, we root for the team as a whole and still celebrate each win.  It’s nice to see the dream of making it to the big leagues is alive and well right here in Florida.

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