Minor Leagues: More Than Just the Little Guys

Steve StevensonContributor IApril 1, 2009

25 Jun 2001:  A general view of the first pre-game stretching warmup for the Brooklyn Cyclones at their new park adjacent to Coney Island before their first Minor League Class A Baseball game against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at the Keyspan Park in Brooklyn, New York.  The Cyclones defeated the Scrappers 3-2.Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport

Minor League Baseball offers more than player interviews, photographs, and autographs. 

The price of seating is usually less than $9.00 and the up close interactions you have with players makes for great interviews.

Every game is a field full of fun for adults and kids. Between innings kids run the bases, strike out players, and even score some broken bats from batting practice. 

This year's opening day baseball for me will be with the Lakewood Blue Claws in Lakewood NJ. The Blue Claws are a Phillies class A organization.

With my camera, pen, and notebook handy I'll talk with players, coaches, and even one of the top NFL draft picks will be at the stadium to throw out the first pitch. 

On April 7, 2009 at First Energy Park The Blue Claws are hosting an open practice. Fans are welcome to come inside the stadium watch the team practice on the field and there will be a autograph signing at the end of the day.

Former Red Bank Catholic (Red bank NJ) and University of Connecticut running-back Donald Brown, a top NFL Prospect for the 2009 draft, will be at the game on April 20, 2009 to throw out the first pitch.

Minor League baseball is not just cheap seating; It's a Game.