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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

I don't know how it's possible, but I know a lot of people who don't like minor league baseball. If you ask me, it's the best way to enjoy a (semi-)professional baseball game without losing an arm and a leg on peanuts and Cracker Jack. And then there's the goofy promotions—both between the innings and the attendance incentives. I recall going to Saint Paul Saints games and seeing Mudonna—an actual pig mascot—race Saints fans around the bases between innings. (Mudonna often won. She was pretty fast.)

So, without further adieu, some assorted links about the quirks and perks of minor league baseball:

biscuit.jpg jammers.jpgMinor League Logo Awards: Not an official honorific by any means, but Darren Rovell collects a ridiculous assortment of minor league logos, from the Savannah Sand Gnats to the Jamestown Jammers (left) to the Montgomery Biscuits (right), which Rovell describes as, "essentially a running Egg McMuffin with a piece of butter as a mouth." Rovell also posted a follow-up here.

Top 10 Minor League Promotions (Sports Illustrated): This list is a few years old, so I'm sure a few more recent promotions have topped the ones here. But some would be pretty hard to beat. The Saint Paul Saints sold an at-bat on eBay: the winner popped up, but the manager liked him and started him the next day. He went 0 for 4. The Charleston Riverdogs held a 'Silent Night' at which talking wasn't tolerated. Fans with duct-taped mouths held up signs reading "YEAH!," "BOO!," or "HEY BEER MAN!" You can also keep up with crazy promotions at MiLB.com: each week they list their favorite ten for the week ahead. This week's list includes a "McDreamy" night (don't ask).

MiLB.com: The official site of minor league baseball includes an interactive map to find teams in your area—some of which, I guarantee, even rabid baseball fans will not recognize.

I know I have to be missing a bunch of good minor league dirt. Comment with links or stories about your favorite farm teams.

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