on September 11, 2010
When John and I picked Greenville as this years trip with my nephew, we chose it since he plays baseball and given we could also add waterfall spotting to the agenda. When I told Elijah we were taking in a game, he was super excited. Unlike many of the other teams we have seen, the Greenville Drive has a relatively short history. Originally the team was the Shelby Reds in 1960. In 1983 the team moved from Shelby NC (near my hometown) to Columbia SC, where they were the Columbia Mets. In 1993 to honor the members of the Doolittle Raiders, who had their initial training Columbia, the team changed its name to the Bombers. As the Bombers they would go on to win the South Atlantic League Championship in 1986, 1991, and again in 1998. In 2004 the team changed their affiliation and became the Class A farm team to the Boston Red Sox’s. The following year it was announced the team would be relocating to Greenville SC where they would play at the municipal stadium until their stadium would open in 2006. When the team moved they would once again change their name, this time to the current name, the Drive. The name was chosen due to the presences in the automobile industry (BMW had just opened up a plant in nearby Spartanburg). When they moved to Greenville it was decided to open the stadium in the heart of the historic downtown area. Fluor Field was built in the historic west end amongst the cities every growing downtown area. In 2006 the field was name the "Ballpark of the Year" by Baseballparks.com. The stadium has the same dimensions of the major league affiliates, the beloved Fenway Park. Outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin became the first player selected to the All-Stars Future Game in 2008. On this night the team would take on the Rome GA Braves, affiliates of..you guessed it..The Atlanta Braves. This is a touchy subject around my family, who are all major die-hard Braves fans! We have some pretty sweet seats behind the home base. Like most other games there are plenty of things going on in between innings. There are games for the whole family and a dance off between the mascot (Reedy the frog) and a "bat boy. They have a gift shop both inside the stadium and outside. We stopped on the way in at the gift shop and purchased drinks along with souvenirs. No one told us when ewe purchased the drinks to save the receipt. Thankfully we did, as we started to enter the gentleman who took our tickets asked for our receipts for the drinks! Make sure you save yours. There is parking on the premises and there are spots in the downtown area if you want to dine and then walk to the game. The have food at the game and there are plenty of dining options downtown before or after the game. Website http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t428 Love it or hate it Loved it..how can you not. On this night we had a great time as the Drive spanked the Braves 14-3. It was a great night, my nephew loved the game, and it is a cheap family outing.
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