While the temperatures hover below normal for April, our boys of summer will soon return. The Columbus Clippers, our hometown heroes, open their season on the road on Friday. Then, they return to the beautiful Huntington Park for their home opener on April 12. So, grab your cowbell and your glove for foul ball nabbing, and prep for a season full of baseball fun.
The Triple A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Clippers serve up great baseball all season long. You'll see stars-in-the-making and maybe some major league stars during a rehab stint. Regardless, there's nothing better than the crack of the bat on a warm summer's night with the smell of popcorn, peanuts and beer in the air.
If you've never experienced the fun of a Clippers' game, you are in for a treat. First, Huntington Park offers the perfect setting for a day or night of fun. Voted the 2009 Ballpark of the Year, there's not a bad seat in the house. Then, there's the food. I mean, we all love baseball, but we really come for the nosh. Yes, you'll find hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack. But, don't miss the City Barbecue ribs and pulled pork/chicken/brisket. Or, the Roosters wings. Or, a Bob Evans brat. Maybe, the sauerkraut balls, which while not traditional ballpark fare, are a welcome addition. And, don't worry, there's plenty to wash it all down: beer - domestic, premium and craft, wine, mixed drinks and pop. Yep, your tummy's needs will be well met.
The Clippers offer loads of special promotional days. None is more beloved than Dime-a-Dog Night; the first of the season hits April 16. Other favorites include Pupplypalooza, $5 Brewfest and Winefest Fridays (now, that's how you start the weekend right), loads of Party at the Park nights, plus one of the best spots to take in Red White & Boom come July. Check out all the fun here, and mark your calendars now.
Ticket options abound, from single game to season-long and other options in between. You can choose a Mini Plan for six or 10 games, or plan a birthday party for that special, fun-loving someone. And, if you want to feel like a king, book a game in the Tansky Party Suite, which offers a skyline view plus tickets, parking passes and a special menu. Or, if you are headed for an evening in the Arena District, you can enjoy an inning or two from the knotholes that allow you to peer in for a bit.
Really, summer will arrive.