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Unlike Any Other Sport

No other sport on the planet is able to carry itself the way baseball does. Many NFL coaches are opposed to eliminating pre-season games because it allows them more time to evaluate the young talent on the team. When it comes to Major League Baseball, they are able to do this on a daily basis due to their farm team system. I have attended many single, double, and triple A baseball games, and have been very impressed at how entertaining the sport can be at all levels. Living in Indiana, we do not have an MLB team, but because of the farm system, baseball is not far from home. The Indianapolis Indians (Pirates farm team), Dayton Dragons (Reds Single A club), Louisville Bats (Reds Triple A club), and the Reds themselves are within driving distance of many Hoosiers. Of the aforementioned clubs, I feel that the most family-friendly value can be experienced from the beginning of the totem pole.DaytonDragons750x271

The Dayton Dragons baseball team has been a success in the city since the team’s inception in the year 2000. In July of 2011, the team broke the all-time sports sell-out record (815 consecutive home sell-out games), once held by the Portland Trailblazers. They maintain this record, even though they have not reached the post-season since their 2011 season. This is the die-hard commitment from local fans that makes baseball such a great sport. The Dragons have produced some great Major League talent. Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion, Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Didi Gregorious, Todd Frazier, and Billy Hamilton all had stints with the ball club.DaytonDragons815

We see so many players in sports today that take away from the game with on and off-the-field antics that are sadly unavoidable when this much money is involved. Teams like the Dayton Dragons are full of hungry professional baseball players who love the game, and would give anything to move up the ranks like many great players before them. The Dragons treated their fans to a double-header victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Saturday the 21st (5-1 W, 3-0 W), and even though they currently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference (13-29), I still suggest that if you ever have a chance to watch a game at Fifth Third Field, you will not be disappointed.

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