The disc golf tour of Birmingham is another story and will likely be featured in a future post. This story is about me partaking in America's Favourite Pastime, Baseball. I strongly believe that no visit to America is complete without visiting a professional baseball game. No where else can you savour the experience of open air, sit with peanuts, hot dogs and a nice cold brew and listen to the crowd heckle the opposing team's batter. If you are looking to experience a true American pastime then a local baseball game is what you need. The major league games are an experience their own and should you get a chance to see one in person, I highly recommend it. The atmosphere can not be rivaled. However, the minor league games are still a great night out and are very affordable. A professional football or basketball ticket can set you back well over $100, but a good seat to a minor league game is no more than $10-12.
|The Logo for the Montgomery Biscuits.|
It's a little biscuit (which is what they call a
scone in Australia) with a pat of butter for a tongue
There is a story behind why I chose to drive 80 miles (130km) to go watch a minor league game in Montogemery, AL. A few years ago during a quiet time at work, some workmates and I decided to look at up the strangest names in minor league baseball. One of the team names that stuck out was the Montgomery Biscuits. I thought it was a cool name and would like to have seen a game but since it was 800 (1300km) miles from Virginia it was something that was never likely to happen. However, once I was sent to Birmingham for work I discovered that the Biscuits home field was just an hour away and they would be at home over Labor Day weekend. There was no question, I had to drive down to Montgomery and see the Biscuits in action.
|Big Mo, the mascot for the Biscuits.|
Now that I had bought one of everything in the store it was time for dinner. The food at the stadium was actually well priced. They had a meal deal for $8.00 which included a entree, fries and a drink. This is by far the cheapest meal I have ever seen at a ballpark. The food was pretty tasty too. I went to find my seat and it was right behind home plate so I had a great view. Soon after I finished my dinner the game started and I found it hard not to laugh when the announcer called "and here are your Montgomery Biscuits!".
|The Biscuit Bunch tossing buttered biscuits into the crowd.|
|The first base side and the old railroad depot behind it.|
I am very glad that I decided to make the trip down to Montgomery for the game as it was one of the best baseball game experiences I had ever been to. I will return there again one day and take Amanda so she can watch the Biscuits. Thank you Montgomery for your hospitality and for the entertaining ball game. You definitely have gained another fan in Virginia!