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Wait, Columbus Has a Baseball Team?

 Written by    May 16, 2018

Between Ohio State football, Ohio State basketball, Blue Jackets hockey, and Crew soccer, it can be easy to forget that Columbus also has a professional baseball team. The Columbus Clippers are the Cleveland Indians’ AAA-level affiliate, meaning they play at the highest level of minor league baseball and their players are right on the cusp of playing in the major leagues. I love watching baseball and the Indians are my favorite team, yet somehow it took until the end of my second year at Ohio State to go to a Clippers game.

Getting to Huntington Park, the Clippers’ stadium, is an easy 15-minute bus ride right down Neil Avenue. The night I went to the game was College ID Night, so I got a ticket and a $5 food voucher for only $10 with my BuckID.  Because it was a weeknight and fewer people than usual were at the game, I had a great seat in the third row on the first-base side. Like most minor league stadiums, Huntington Park is small, but charming, and the team’s nautical theme adds a nice character to it that complements the army-based imagery of the Blue Jackets arena just down the street.

As for the game itself, it was a nail biter featuring good pitching and defense from both the Clippers and their opponents, the Charlotte Knights. The game was tied 2-2 in the ninth inning when Columbus’ Yu Chang hit a walkoff two-run home run to win the game send us home happy. The only thing that could have made the night better is if I had caught a foul ball, but I guess I’ll just have to go back for another game.

The perfect seat for encouraging the Clippers and not-encouraging the Knights

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