I happened to attend on a 951 "Thirsty Thursday" where seats are $9, parking is $5, and hot dogs, cokes, and beers are $1 (951 is the area code in Riverside County.) Sold. I opted to purchase tickets four rows back of home plate, for the low price of $14. Hey, its Single-A, but these guys are still professionals. $14 barely gets you a park pass at Petco Park.
|Storm outfielder Corey Adamson waits on deck|
The first and obvious thing I noticed was the seating. There is literally not a bad seat in the park when the capacity is around 7,000. Pretty good site lines, energetic public address announcer with wacky promotions in between innings. The concessions were pretty affordable -- with cheap baseball around, why would anyone in Riverside County pay to see a movie?
The game didn't feature a ton of action: Lake Elsinore went down 3-1 to the Modesto Nuts (Rockies affliate), but it was still entertaining. Corey Adamson, the aforementioned Padres prospect from Australia took a pitch to the opposite field for a homer that cleared the wall by a few feet. Pitcher Bryan Rodriguez gave the Storm a decent outing, and the bullpen didn't allow a run.
|Padres 1st rounder Hunter Renfroe at-bat|
I am definitely excited to see another Storm game at the Diamond. Its a great opportunity to see a few players before they arrive in San Diego. I enjoyed my first taste of minor league baseball, and I am sure to take more sips from that cup in 2014.