On Saturday night I found myself with nothing to do. I called up my father and suggested we go to the Hudson Valley Renegades game. One of the many Hudson Valley events. He agreed and we packed ourselves in the car and drove up the highway to Dutchess Stadium. Upon arrival we were ushered into the parking lot. I approached the ticket window to purchase the tickets. I was surprised by the prices. Box seats behind the Renegade dug out were $16. Cheaper than a drink at Yankee Stadium.
We enter the stadium and I am immediately greeted by the smell of funnel cakes and popcorn. The atmosphere is lively and carnival like. Entertainers dressed as raccoons move among the crowd of people and the vendors are mostly cute twenty something girls. Drinks are cheap at $4 a piece and there are games for younger children to play such as fast pitch and bounce castles.
I enter the stadium section. I am greeted by a clean playing field. On the field is a youth camp who practices before the game. The Renegade Buddies are allowed to throw out the first pitch and a young girl sings the national anthem.
The game begins. I am not a big baseball fan, however the announcer makes the event exciting. There are contests for the fans between every inning. Some of which are quite hilarious. One contest. called whack an intern, gives one lucky fan the chance to use a water jug to smack interns as they pop out of a wooden cut out.
There are prizes given out if players complete certain challenges. If a player hits a home run over the center field Wendy’s banner, a lucky row of fans gets free Wendy’s. A bulls eye in right field rewards the hitter with a savings bond donated in his name. There’s the K man, a specific batter on the opposing team. If he strikes out three times the entire stadium gets a free round of mini golf at Fun Central.
The K man never struck out. The Renegades after getting off to slow start came back in the top of the inning to win. The crowd cheered as the winning run crossed home plate. At the end of the game an announcement was made. Two people would be renewing their vows and supplying the entire stadium with wedding cake.
The funny part was they were renewing their vows in raccoon costumes. Sponge bob was the best man and Captain America was also in attendance. This provided an excellent conclusion to an already fun night of baseball. Renegade’s baseball is an exciting experience for the whole family.