On July 15th we gathered for our weekly Twitter chat to talk about America’s favorite pastime- baseball. We covered minor league vs. major league, favorite stadium foods and baseball memories. Read on to see a roundup of the conversation.
WHAT’S THE BEST CITY FOR BASEBALL? WHY?
@PaulEisenberg Chicago. You’ve got your Sox, Cubs and Kane County Cougars 40mins from town in Geneva.
@passitpromo Atlanta because I grew up loving the Braves.
@ramblingstump Went to a Nashua Pride game where they were on a 17 game losing streak. They handed out paper bags @ gates.
@kymri I think Wrigley Field is the greatest baseball venue, so I have to go with Chicago!
@iDreamofJenn Gotta go with Boston & Fenway!
@dipaolamomma BOSTON! I’ve been to 10 parks and NOTHING beats the fans/history/vibe at Fenway. And I’m not a Red Sox fan!
@maryheston Baseball is great no matter where you are. Small Town minor league games can be a blast!
MINOR LEAGUE OR MAJOR LEAGUE? WHY?
@dipaolamomma Either. It’s America’s pastime, no matter what the players are paid, right?
@AnujadeSilva Minor league is cheap for regular outings. Major is for special occasions!
@camjrcole I like both. Our minor league is very very active with kids, major league, well its professional.
@Mrs_Riot1 Either is fine. I love our local minor team though!
@maryheston Both! It’s family fun at minor leagues & it is fun seeing the Major stars in action too.
SHARE YOUR FAVE #BASEBALL MEMORY.
@JazzyTJan My Dad always coached baseball. I gave softball a try in high school (intramurals). Became most improved player.
@msmary1962 When I was in elementary school LONG time ago we went to the Braves Stadium and meet Chief Nakahoma and his son and got popcorn.
@mommytravels Baseball memory: going to the Baltimore Orioles, then immediately taking my husband to airport to deploy.
@kimorlando Best/worst bball memory – ball dropped on DD head at KY minor league game. Face was on jumbotron.
@allierose Teaching my son about baseball. He wants seats to see the scoreboard, read the stats & see the pitch MPH readings. So digital!
@Pure_Wander Never forget 1st time in Fenway – 1991, wearing my softball glove. <3 minors w kids, but at least ONE major game!
@RobynsWorld I loved going with parents & brother to see St. Louis Cardinals play as a kid. My dad taught me to keep score even.
BEST BALLPARK FOOD? WHERE?
@shebuyscars Greatest part about ballpark food? Calories don’t count when consumed at a game. Right?!?
@dipaolamomma Voodoo Donut HOT DOG?! That has to be amazing! I love their culinary alchemy!!
@Lovenflipflops I love the hot dogs & the nachos. I think i have an extra stomach going to a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
@Pure_Wander Boston. Fenway. Sam Lager. That’s food right?
HOW DO YOU ENTERTAIN KIDS WHO AREN’T INTO THE GAME?
@blondefabulous Tampa Rays have a touch tank with real rays in the outfield. Kids love it!
@kymri Teach them to keep score and tally averages. Worked for me 🙂
@Cammi72 our minor league park has a playground and kids bouncy house area.
@JazzyTJan Start a I spy game with them. That should be fun.
@purplepassion12 Usually there are activities for the kids as well, like meeting the mascot, batting cage, & getting them involved with the music
HOW CAN MLB MAKE GAMES MORE FAMILY FRIENDLY?
@tibstravel Minor league Montgomery Biscuits fun stadium on family-friendly river park right downtown.
@CantonCathy Love to be able to take our own snacks and even some in / out privileges. Family Meal deal would be great.
@Lovenflipflops The Orioles do a lot of meet and greets. Cal Ripken – I was elated when I was younger to meet him!
@leighmcaldwell Lower prices, fun mascots, access to players, kids on the field — all things we get at our local minor league ballpark.
@kimorlando The minor league Louisville Bats have a lot of family friendly activities, play area, kid’s meals, lower prices. Fun.
@dipaolamomma Having more in-park activities beyond the game, opportunities for interaction w/the players, & kid-priced tickets!
@PaulEisenberg Family restrooms in **every** MLB park, option of nut-free seating, and a photog taking snaps u can buy of you and your kids.
*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.