Family Baseball Fun with the Staten Island Yankees #mc #sponsored

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Staten Island Yankees. I received tickets for the game as well as food vouchers to facilitate my review to thank me for my participation.

Let’s get this out of the way: I am not, nor has any member of my immediate family ever been, a sports fan.  I didn’t grow up in a team sports-loving and, for better or worse, I’m not raising my kids in one.

That said, going to a ballgame is an adventure that I would hate for my kids to miss out on–the food, the fans and the overall atmosphere are something that every kid should experience at least once.

Thus, when I was given the opportunity to take my family to a Staten Island Yankees game (actually the second one I’ve been too!), I jumped at the chance.

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The Staten Island Yankees is a Minor League baseball team, which basically means that they are professional players who are working on their skills and are often the pool from which Major League players are drafted.  The stadiums are smaller, the crowds are somewhat less rabid and the tickets are cheaper and easier to get–all things which make a Minor League game a good fit for a family with young children.  I also learned that, in the Minor Leagues (I’m pretty sure that this is not the case in the Majors) a game can be ended at the bottom of the 8th inning if the winner is already obvious.)

When we got there, the stadium wasn’t completely full but it was still bustling.  We had families with children on all sides of us and my kids automatically felt like they were part of the action.  And then, about 10 seconds later, they got hungry.  We started out with popcorn and Carvel ice cream (in baseball cap bowls, natch) and then moved on to the hot dog, knish and pickle offerings from the Kosher concession stand.

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Other than a bathroom break or two, I don’t think that my kids stopped chewing for a full minute.  All part of the experience, right? ;)

Lest you think that all they did was snack, my 8 year old son did do his best to catch a ball which just wasn’t in the cards.  We were lucky enough, however to meet one of the owners of the team who graciously presented my kiddo with his very own ball from the game :)

The highlight of the whole experience, if I had to choose one, was that my kids had the chance to run the bases after the end of the game–a treat that we might have missed if the game hadn’t been cut an inning short!

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