Even if you’re an avid baseball fan, your itinerary for a cross-country road trip probably doesn’t include visiting minor league ballparks. But it should. Unlike their Major League Baseball counterparts, minor league games are cheap, accessible, and relaxed experiences that are a microcosm of an area’s culture.
Think of the difference between attending a major league game versus a minor league game this way: Going to a major league game is like paying a $50 cover for an exclusive nightclub with a dress code, strict rules of behavior, and $15 beers. A minor league park is like the dive bar down the road. Tickets are available at the door, drinks are cheap, you can almost always move up from your “assigned” seat, and the local flair will entertain even if baseball bores you.