Minor League Fan Club

John

Hey minor league baseball fan! Do you love traveling to minor league level baseball ballparks? Come discover the best quirks, features, baseball food, mascots, and promotions that minor league baseball has to offer. You'll also learn about sites to see and food to eat while your visiting each city. What are you waiting for? Let's go on a road trip together!

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004: Chicago Dogs - Rosemont/Chicago, Illinois
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004: Chicago Dogs - Rosemont/Chicago, Illinois
004:Chicago Dogs - Chicago, IllinoisIn this episode, we travel to Chicago, Illinois to visit the Chicago Dogs of the American Association of Professional Baseball. The Dogs an independent league professional baseball team.Highlights, Key points, and takeaways from this episode:Ballpark GuideEvan Gersonde is the Director of Sales and has been with the team for 6+ years. He has seen the team go from an unknown brand to a recognized identity.Evan offers his experience from working at Impact Field to share with us the best that the ballpark has to offer.He explains why the Chicago Dogs are geared toward affordable, fun family and fan entertainment where people can come multiple time a season to enjoy themselves.He gives us his tips and where to park, where to stay when in town, and some of the best tickets to purchase that come with a great view and buffet.We then learn about the promotional nights that the Dogs have and what some of the best giveaways in the past have been. The fans are very supportive of the team and come out in large numbers for promo and giveaway nights.Then we discuss some of the kid activities that are available to attract the younger crowd whether they are into baseball or not.Lastly, we get to talking about the food offerings at Impact Field. A popular hot dog restaurant, Weiner Circle, is located at the stadium. The Weiner Circle is known for it's raunchy way it treats their customers at the main location.Fan GuideThe Fan Guides for this week are some of the Chicago Dogs biggest supporters. On this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly, Christina, and Mike. All three of them are regulars at Impact Field and residents of Chicago.Follow Chicago Dogs:Instagram: @thechicagodogsX: @TheChicagoDogsWebsite: thechicagodogs.comPhone: 224-781-1809Contact Evan:evang@thechicagodogs.comFollow Mike:Instagram: @chidogfoolX: @chidogfoolYouTube: Chicago Dog Fool Fan CastFollow Kelly:X: @kelabrationInstagram: @minorleaguenerdYouTube: Minor League Nerd History SeriesFollow Kelly and Christina:Instagram: kelstinavisitsX: kelstinavisitsFollow Klairmont Kollections:Instagram: @klairmontkollectionsTikTok: @klairmontkollectionsYouTube: Klairmont Kollections Automotive MuseumWebsite: klairmontkollections.comFollow Minor League Fan Club:Instagram: @milbfanclubTikTok: @minorleaguefanclubThreads: @milbfanclubX: @milbfanclubYouTube: Minor League Fan ClubWebsite: www.minorleaguefanclub.com
003: Tri-City Dust Devils - Tri-Cities, WA
Apr 12 2024
003: Tri-City Dust Devils - Tri-Cities, WA
003:Tri-City Dust Devils - Tri-City, WashingtonIn this episode, we travel to Tri-Cities, Washington to visit the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League. The Dust Devils are the High-A affiliates of the Los Angeles Angels.Highlights, Key points, and takeaways from this episode:The Tri-Cities Dust Devils play their games at Gesa Stadium in the Tri-Cities area of Washington.The fan experience at Gesa Stadium is enhanced by unique features like a giant shade that provides relief from the sun and a beautiful view of the surrounding desert landscape.Visitors to the Tri-Cities should schedule their trips around special events like the annual hydroplane boat races and the Columbia River Rooster Tails game at Gesa Stadium.The Tri-Cities area is known for its wineries, and visitors can explore the local wine country while enjoying a baseball game at Gesa Stadium. The Tri-Cities Dust Devils baseball team is located in Pasco, Washington.The weather in Pasco is hot and dry during the summer months.The best seats at the stadium are along the first base side.Visitors to the Tri-Cities should check out local wineries and enjoy the Mexican food.There are many outdoor activities to do in the area, such as hiking, biking, and enjoying the views of the Columbia River.The ballpark offers unique food offerings, including grilled sausages, foot-long hot dogs, and teriyaki chicken bowls.Promotions and events at the ballpark include Dusty's Dash and Dollars in Your Dog Night.The team's mascot, Dusty the Dust Devil, is a fan favorite and interacts with fans during games.Hot Mess Burgers and Fries is a local business in the Tri-Cities area that offers delicious burgers made with locally sourced ingredients.Ballpark GuideErik "The Peanut Guy" Mertens joins us as the Ballpark guide for this episode. Erik is the Manager of Fan Experience and Community Relations. He has been with the team for 24 years starting as a peanut vendor. He then became the teams' on-field emcee and recently was promoted to his current role. Fan GuideWe are joined once again by Erik this time he is accompanied by his wife, Carina. They are going to give us some insight as fans at the ballpark and also show us around the Tri-Cities.Business, Organization, or EventI had to pleasure of feature Cara and Hot Mess Burgers & Fries from Kennewick, WA. Hot Mess Burgers & Fries is a food truck that serves the best smash burger and fries in the Tri-Cities. Most of their food is made from scratch including their buns, American cheese, and sauces. The owners have over 40 years of combined experience. The top burger at the restaurant is the Boring Mess, which is a basic patty, cheese, pickles, onions, tomatoes, and special sauce. Then they up it a notch and have the Big Mess which includes a grilled cheese sandwich inside the burger. A lot of their food is limited meaning if you see it on the menu that week then it probably won't ever come back. Follow the Tri-City Dust Devils:Instagram: @tricitydustdevilsX: @TC_DustDevilsFollow Erik:Instagram: @erikthepeanutguyX: @ItserikmertensFollow Carina:Instagram: @con.carinaaX: @carinosaleonFollow Hot Mess Burgers and Fries:Facebook: Hot Mess Burgers & FriesInstagram: @hotmessburgersandfriesFollow Minor League Fan Club:Instagram: @milbfanclubTikTok: @minorleaguefanclubThreads: @milbfanclubX: @milbfanclubYouTube: Minor League Fan ClubWebsite: www.minorleaguefanclub.comChapters00:00 Introduction and Welcome04:33 Eric's Longevity with Tri-City Dust Devils07:40 Eric's Love for Tri-Cities and Baseball10:50 Getting to the Ballpark and Parking11:26 The Giant Shade at the Stadium13:22 Weather and Best Seats at the Stadium16:48 Exploring the Stadium and Food Offerings20:44 Dusty the Dust Devil and Mascot Activities21:56 Erik's Peanut Patio24:11 Eric's Role as Team Advocate26:26 Promotions and Special Events29:47 Unique Food Offerings at the Stadium32:50 Exciting Promotions to Schedule37:12 Where to Find the Team on Social Media37:57 Closing Remarks and Farewell38:19 Introduction and Welcome38:58 Getting Intimate with the Fan Experience40:19 Spending an Evening at Gesa Stadium41:16 Favorite Drinks and Food at the Stadium42:32 The Special Story of Ed's Fund45:32 Other Events to Schedule Around48:05 Exploring Tri-Cities: What to Do, See, and Eat52:20 Regional Eats and Mexican Food54:14 Outdoor Activities and Pub Runs56:59 Family Activities and Places to Visit58:50 Where to Find Eric and Karina59:43 Conclusion and Farewell01:00:17 Introduction to Hot Mess Burgers01:03:34 Making Everything from Scratch01:04:09 The Unique Menu at Hot Mess Burgers01:06:16 The 'Boring Mess' Cheeseburger and the 'Big Mess' Sandwich01:07:12 Limited-Time Specials01:09:19 Creating a Friendly and Supportive Environment01:12:18 Finding Hot Mess Burgers Online01:13:17 Introduction and Value of the Show
001: San Antonio Missions - San Antonio, TX
Mar 29 2024
001: San Antonio Missions - San Antonio, TX
001:San Antonio Missions - San Antonio, TexasIn this episode, we travel to San Antonio, Texas to visit the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League. The Missions are the AA affiliates of the San Diego Padres.Highlights, Key points, and takeaways from this episode:Promotions to consider for the Missions: jersey giveaway, bobblehead giveaway, t-shirt giveaway, thermal mug giveawayThe names of the San Antonio Missions mascots are Ballapeno, Mamapeno, Popper, and Henry the Puffy TacoFoods to try while at Wolff Stadium are the Philly Cheesesteak with homemade chips, chicken on a stick, Bahama Bucks, Bill Millers BBQLook out for the planes that land at Lackland Air Force Base towards the outfield during a gameBest seats are in section 203 and 205 because of the breeze Some places to visit in San Antonio include the Alamo, Menger Hotel & Bar, 2M Smokehouse, Pinkerton's BBQ, Chris Madrid's, La Fogata, Rolando's SuperTacosTry the Wemby Burger challenge at Chris Madrid's or get the Cheddar CheesyPlaces to take the kids: Sea World, Witte Museum, The DoSeum, Six Flags Fiesta TexasFiesta is a major event in San Antonio that takes place at the end of April and offer a festive atmosphere with food, music, and parties Ballpark GuideJennifer Lamb-Mahoney will be our Ballpark Guide for this episode. She works as one of their mascot performers. She shares her experience on how she got the job as a mascot performer and what it’s like to perform as a mascot. Jennifer then takes us around Wolff Stadium where she talks about the promotions and events that fans can schedule their trip around. We learn about where we can stay if we make it an overnight trip and what parking is like once we arrive at the stadium. Jennifer also shares some of her favorite foods like the cheesesteak with homemade chips that you might want to try when you come to Wolff Stadium. We finish the interview with some fun things for kids to do while at the game.Fan GuideOur Fan guide this week is Charles Dennis. Charles is a former season ticket holder of the San Antonio Missions but recently moved to Kentucky. We begin our interview by learning how he got his 51stubs handle and his extensive pin collection for his maps. He uses the map and pins to keep track of all the stadiums and arenas he has been to. He talks about how many ballparks he’s been to and how many he plans on making it to this year.Charles then takes us on a tour of Wolff Stadium from a fan perspective. He shares what makes the stadium unique even though it’s one of the older stadiums in Minor League Baseball. He talks about the location of the ballpark and why being near an Air Force Base makes it special. Charles then gives us some of his favorite treats to get if he was to have something at the ballgame and shares where you can find some solace from the Texas heat while watching Missions baseball. Hint: there’s a secret section you should consider sitting.Promotions at the Missions are very popular just as they are at most minor league ballparks. Charles talks about some of the fun promos that occur during the game. We also get another tip from Charles on how to approach promos while waiting in line.It’s time for us to go around San Antonio. Of course, there’s the Alamo and the Riverwalk but Charles tells us an exciting hotel and bar to visit if you do stop by the Alamo. San Antonio is well known for BBQ. Charles tells us a couple of places that he recommends while you're in town. If burgers are more your thing then there is a delicious local place that he recommends as well. San Antonio makes the best tacos in Texas and Charles gives us his favorite place plus a list you can get of 365 different places done by the local newspaper. Last but not least we can’t forget Tex-Mex. One place that may be considered controversial in San Antonio in regards to what is good Tex-Mex is suggested in this interview.Minor League Fan Club podcast wants to make sure we include the family in each episode. Several suggestions on where to take the kids while you’re on a trip to San Antonio include museums and theme parks. We finish our interview by discussing San Antonio's biggest party known as Fiesta. Fiesta is a two week event celebrating San Antonio with many events going on all week all over town. Fiesta occurs in late April every year.Business, Organization, or EventThis week's business is the historical Majestic Theater located in downtown San Antonio. I am joined by Yvette Southee as she walks us this the magical theater.She talks about Broadway shows, comedians, and concerts that come to the venue. She also shares that you can tour the venue.Follow Jennifer:Instagram: @jmahoneylFollow San Antonio Missions:Facebook: San Antonio Missions Baseball ClubInstagram: @samssionsX: @missionsmilbFollow Party Pals SA:Instagram: @partypalsSAThreads: @partypalsSAFollow Charles:X: @51stubsMajestic Theater:www.majesticempire.comFollow Minor League Fan Club:Instagram: @milbfanclubTikTok: @minorleaguefanclubThreads: @milbfanclubX: @milbfanclubYouTube: Minor League Fan ClubWebsite: www.minorleaguefanclub.comChapters00:00 Introduction and Jennifer's Job as a Mascot Performer05:49 How Jennifer Became a Mascot08:01 Jennifer's Experience as a Mascot09:06 The Mascot Club and Interactions with Other Mascots11:49 Interacting with Fans and the Community13:27 Promotions and Events at Wolf Stadium19:11 Parking and Accommodations near Wolf Stadium19:25 What Makes Wolf Stadium Special21:04 Eating at Wolf Stadium24:48 Activities for Kids at Wolf Stadium26:03 Where to Find Jennifer and the San Antonio Missions27:16 Introduction and Background27:59 The Origins of the Pin Map29:37 Collecting Pins and Memorabilia31:05 Being a Season Ticket Holder32:22 Unique Features of Wolf Stadium34:50 Food and Promotions at the Stadium35:43 Dealing with the Heat38:12 Favorite Promotions42:17 Things to Do in San Antonio46:54 Best Tacos in San Antonio49:04 Fiesta in San Antonio51:10 Conclusion51:46 Introduction to the Majestic Theater53:13 Broadway Shows and Concerts55:04 Backstage Tour56:26 Finding Information and Tickets57:17 Introduction and Invitation to Engage57:31 Request for Ratings and Feedback57:59 Conclusion and Farewell
Minor League Fan Club Trailer
Dec 19 2023
Minor League Fan Club Trailer
Minor League Fan Club is the unofficial fan club of minor league level baseball. If you love and support minor league level baseball then you are automatically in the club.One of the fun things we minor league fans enjoy doing is visiting different cities, often cities we would never consider traveling to, and catching a game.Many of us do some sort of research prior to visiting one of these cities to see what there is to do, eat, and see. That's where this podcast comes in with the hope of providing you with an invaluable resource and a wealth of useful information to use during your travels.Minor League Fan Club podcasts' goal is to show you things you can't miss while you are at a stadium. This could be a very popular menu item or an awesome feature you didn't know the stadium had. We might learn about special promotions they hold so that you can schedule your next visit. I will talk with a staff member to get the low down on the stadium of that week's episode for all the stadiums can't miss amenities and fun.Although baseball brought us to a particular city, we don't want to miss out on the uniqueness of the city itself. That's why I will speak with a local fan about what they love about the stadium as well as what makes the city special.What food should we eat while we're in town? Are there amazing landmarks we should check out? What fun activities or festivals coincide with baseball season that would make the trip even more fun? This is what the local fan will share with us each week.Lastly, I'll interview a local business owner or employee of the city to talk a little more about one of the recommendations from the fan. That way we can learn a little more in depth about their unique business, landmark, or event.Minor League Fan Club will be a weekly show taking you across the U.S. and Canada. I look forward to traveling all the stadiums with you!Check out Minor League Fan Club at:Website: https://minorleaguefanclub.com/Discord: https://discord.com/invite/33tKQzdHAsInstagram: @milbfanclubTikTok: @minorleaguefanclubX: @milbfanclubYouTube: Minor League Fan Club