If 12 years of watching the Orioles get their brains beat in and being shouted down in your home ballpark have soured you on baseball I suggest you take the short drive up I-83 to York. The York Revolution are completing their third season in the Independent Atlantic league. The baseball is certainly not Major League quality, but then again neither is the baseball in Baltimore.
What York does offer is a quality product, affordable prices and a fantastic atmosphere for families. The Revolution’s home ballpark, Sovereign Bank Stadium, features a massive kids’ play area in center field. I’ve taken my son to about a half dozen Revolution games this season and the fact that the playing field is visible from the playground is every father’s dream. It also helps that kids under 3 enter the ballpark for free and the General Admission ticket that I buy for myself is only $6.
Former Oriole Andy Etchebarren is York’s current manager. He replaced another former Oriole, Chris Hoiles, last month. The familiar faces of Tippy Martinez and Sammy Snider are also on York’s coaching staff. A glance around the Atlantic League rosters will reveal other familiar names like Tim Raines, Armando Benitez, and Carl Everett.
In the 3 years that I’ve been attending games I can say that I’ve honestly grown to enjoy the Atlantic League. On the field it is probably the equivalent of AA baseball, but interesting human interest stories abound. On the same roster you may have a former Major Leaguer hoping for one last shot at the bigs and a couple of career minor leaguers simply unwilling to give up the dream.
If you’re a baseball fan just looking for a good game in a nice ballpark at reasonable prices and a fun time for the kids, I strongly suggest you make the drive and give York and the Atlantic League a chance.