By Kristina Rowe, NewsCastic
The Texas Rangers are always strong contenders in the American League, and we in DFW do love our Rangers. But sometimes there’s more to baseball than the big leagues. Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, ain’t the only game in town. Check out these other places you can root for the home team.
The Texas Airhogs are flying high out in Grand Prairie. Partnered with a minor league team from Amarillo, they’ll have two home stands this year. Enjoy the full baseball experience, and if you’re lucky, you might sight Burt Reynolds – a newly signed outfielder, originally from the Dominican Republic.
North Texas Amateur Baseball
Amateurs from 18 to 80 can get swinging on teams of the North Texas Amateur Baseball League. With games all over DFW, it’s one of the oldest and largest amateur baseball leagues in North Texas. All Star Games benefit the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) and the leage is on a mission to get kids outdoors, active, and interested in baseball!
DFW Express Baseball
For the younger set, DFW Express Baseball Club is about fundamentals and about fun. Their indoor practice facility and experienced instructors help kids learn the game as well as a love of the game.
Part of the Texas Adult Baseball League, the Burleson Bulls have been an amateur men’s team for about 25 years. A true baseball community, this “senior” team celebrates wins on the field and new babies (future players?) off the field.
American Amateur Youth Baseball Alliance
Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound is a great place to watch baseball and softball throughout the year. The AAYBA hosts its World Series there every year (usually in July) in conjunction with the Flower Mound Youth Sports Association. The Youth World Series title is an open series, allowing kids of all levels of ability to compete.
It’s worth it to pay a visit to Dr. Pepper Stadium in Frisco, even when it’s empty. Of course the gorgeous ballpark is rarely empty – the hard hitting Frisco RoughRiders play there. With a full calendar of special community events and activities, you won’t have to look hard to find all things baseball.