What is more American than rooting for your home team? Sit in the bleachers behind home plate and flinch as players nip the ball backward into the netting. Grab a lawn seat in the outfield and try your luck at catching a homerun. Or scramble for a foul ball on the first and third baselines.
My husband and I jumped at the chance to take our 1-year-old daughter to a recent game. Lucky enough to watch the game from a suite, it was a beautiful day for a win. The grass sparkled in the sun, and the Revs warmed up for a solid performance. But you guessed it that our daughter couldn't care less about what was happening on the field.
Climbing the steps was more important, you see.
Still, it was fun to share America's pastime with my family and a few other thousand people.
If you have younger kids, prepare yourself to spend most of the game at the Weis DownTown Playground. (Think climbing net, obstacle course, bounce house and, of course, the antique carousel.)
At 6:30 p.m. today and Friday, head to Sovereign Bank Stadium for a good old-fashioned baseball game against the Long Island Ducks. Grab a jumbo hot dog and cheer on the Revs for an after-school treat with the kids. Or, catch a game with friends.
Just don't forget to high-five DownTown (he's the fluffy blue guy running around) and scratch behind Boomer the dog's ear.
If you can't make it this week, the season ends Sept. 18.
The rest of the home game schedule is:
6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 vs. the Bridgeport Bluefish
6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 and 1 p.m. Sept. 18 vs. the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
- Laura Burkey, for FlipSide
If you go
WHAT: Revs game
WHERE: Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York
COST: Tickets are $7 for lawn seats, $11 for field box and $13 for dugout box
DETAILS: Call 801-HITS or visit www.yorkrevolution.com
Keep it going
Looking to extend your night out? Consider these:
Work up a sweat
THE SPOT: York County Heritage Rail Trail
WHAT IS IT: The 21-mile trail runs north of the Mason-Dixon line to York's Colonial Courthouse. It connects to Maryland's 20-mile Northern Central Railroad Trail.
PARKING: In York, park in a designated lot on Pershing Avenue.
INSIDER TIP: Since the mosquitoes and flies are on the hunt, apply some bug spray before walking along the rail trail. It will save you some discomfort later.
See industrial blooming
THE SPOT: Foundry Park and the Gear Garden
WHERE: Next to WaterWay Bar and Grill at the 200 block of West Philadelphia Street
CAPTURE IT: The park is one colorful spot to visit and perfect for fun photos. The area boasts more than 20 large flower sculptures and is a nod to York's industrial heritage. Blues, yellows, purples burst into the sky from hearty green stems.
RELAX: There are even small chairs to take a load off.
DID YOU KNOW? The sculptures were created by local artists using repurposed objects from the area. There is also a boat launch into the Codorus on the other side of the Gear Garden.
Grab some grub
THE SPOT: Stadium Grille
WHERE: 133 N. Duke St. in York
HOURS: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 7 a.m. to midnight Thursdays through Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays
PRICES: $1.05 to $25.99
MENU: Try a Brick Oven Pizza, Home Run Wrap, Stadium Grille Dinner Basket or Big League Signature Sub. The two most popular items are the Philly Steak Stromboli Stromboli and the hand-fried chicken.
MEET THE OWNER: Emmanuel Tsogas said that his restaurant is considered "a diamond in the rough." "We're tucked away and most people find us by either word of mouth or recommendations," he said. "I love the neighborhood atmosphere and the community around the restaurant."
TIP: The Stadium Grille also offers carryout beer and breakfast.
DETAILS: stadiumgrilleofyork.com or 845-3725