Start with a balmy summer evening on Cape Cod. Then add the best of the best collegiate baseball players, swinging a wooden bat at blistering fastballs and sneaky curves. Now, sprinkle in a few Major League scouts in search of the next MLB superstar.
What do you have?
A Cape Cod League baseball game - the quintessential summer fun for the entire family!
The "Cape League" traces its roots back to the mid-1800s, when young men organized into village teams, traveling from town to town, playing the all-American game.
These were devoted players! History tells that in the 1870s, games were actually played on the ice on Mill Pond in Sandwich.
Over the next century, as the game of baseball was quickly becoming America's national pastime, the league grew and transformed into what is is today ...
The premier amateur league in the USA, drawing players from the top collegiate baseball programs across the country.
Today's CCBL players aren't just average college kids playing summer ball.
These guys truly are the best of the best. They come to Cape Cod by invitation, to live, work and play baseball for the summer. And hopefully to catch the eye of the Major League scouts who come to the games in search of the next Babe Ruth.
(No, "The Babe" didn't play in the CCBL. But current-day superstars Aaron Judge ("All Rise!"), Chris Sale, and Buster Posey did. National Baseball Hall of Famers Pie Traynor, Carlton Fisk, Frank Thomas, Jeff Bagwell, and Craig Biggio played here, too.)
Going to a Cape Cod Baseball League game is the ultimate "small town America" experience.
Adults set up their folding chairs or sit on the bleachers watching the game and chatting with friends.
Teens hang by the dugouts and bullpens for an up-close view of the action. Younger kids bring their baseball gear and play on the lawn.
And really adventurous fans go high for a birds-eye view of the game!
Speaking of a "bird's eye view" ... this osprey has the best seat in the house for Y-D Red Sox home games!
After the game, stick around! Post-game is when the kids meet the players and get their autographs. The guys are wonderful with their young fans ...
Imagine how cool it'll be, a few years down the road, when you realize you have the autograph of a Major League All Star. Your kids can brag that they met him before he became famous!
From mid-June to mid-August, Cape Cod League teams play almost every day. With teams in 10 different towns across Cape Cod, it's always easy to find a game nearby!
Most games don't start until 5 p.m. or after. So there's no need to make that tough choice: "Beach or baseball game?" Have a great day at the beach, then head out to the ball field to catch the game.
Oh ... have I mentioned that admission to CCBL games is free?
During the game they'll "pass the hat" for donations. (Baseball caps, actually. Caps are passed along through the crowd, and we toss our donations in.)
CCBL teams are non-profit organizations, and they appreciate donations to help pay for bats, balls and other team necessities.
FYI: The cap-passing is a totally no-pressure thing. If you can give a few dollars or so, great! If not, that's perfectly okay, too.
Just come on out to the ballgame and have tons of fun!