Take Me Out to the Ball Game! - MetroFamily Magazine
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

by Brooke Barnett

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Even though we are not necessarily die-hard baseball fans, we frequently attend OKC RedHawks games for kind of an odd reason. While we certainly enjoy the reasonable ticket prices, the special promotions, the excitement of a home run, and the on-field entertainment—none of those are the real reason we might be spotted at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.  The driving factor behind our journeys to Bricktown is actually my husband's bucket list.

Among the things he includes on his list is the desire to catch a t-shirt at a live sporting event.  Every time the t-shirt cannons come out, he is the first one on his feet, waving his arms like mad, jumping up and down and, at moments of sheer desperation, yelling out "Over here! Over here! Over here!"  It doesn't matter that the shirt is, or what color or size—the important thing to him is the act of catching it. He's had some serious close calls—but, despite the scores of baseball and hockey games we have attended, he has yet to catch that illusive shirt. The quest continues…and continues…and continues!

The good news is that keeping that one bucket list item in "pending" status means we do get to enjoy all the perks that I mentioned before. Tickets to RedHawks games start at just $5 for general admission lawn seating, go up to $9 for terrace level seats and max out at $17 for field-level seating. In the past, we have been able to take advantage of special deals for 4-packs of tickets that included free hats and/or food vouchers—extra savings that make it even better! My family loves sitting outside on a nice summer evening, eating peanuts and hot dogs and cheering for the home team. It's a great way to make fun family memories while exposing the next generation to our national pastime….not to mention the endless enterainment my kids receive watching their dad jump up and down trying to catch a t-shirt.

Where to Go:

The RedHawks are going into the last home stretch of the season next week.  With the wonderful temperatures we have been enjoying in the evenings, now is the perfect time to take in a baseball game. The RedHawks take on the Abuquerue Isotopes from August 27-30th, with games each night at 7:05pm. Then, they go into a series on August 31st with the Round Rock Express at 7:05pm, playing them each day through Monday, September 3rd, when their final regular season game is scheduled at 11:05am.  All games are played at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2. S. Mickey Mantle) and parking near the stadium begins at $5.

What to Do:

The second annual RedHawks Movie Night is this Saturday (August 25) from 6-10 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. You can score free passes to the game by purchasing five of the participating items at local Homeland grocery stores. (Look for the items marked with the RedHawks logo, then enter the website link you'll find at the bottom of your receipt to print your tickets!) Then, take your family to watch the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, take photos with characters from the movie, enjoy face painting and inflatables and more! Gates open at 6:00 pm, and the movie will start at 8:00 pm.

How to Save:

Even though the season is almost over, you might still want to register your kids in Cooper's Healthy Hawks program.  For a $9.99 membership fee, kids receive a Healthy Hawks t-shirt, sweat band, jump rope, water bottle, drawstring gym bag, an autographed Cooper card, a RedHawks hat and two tickets to the game on Saturday, September 1.  Not a bad haul!

For more information, call 405-218-1000 or visit www.oklahomaredhawks.com

And if you catch a t-shirt while you are there, please don't let my husband know!

Enjoy the game!

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