The 2013 Normal CornBelters season has officially begun! Despite dealing with “Mother Nature” at times, we have played all 22 regular-season games scheduled to date, boast a 15-7 record and are averaging just under 2,300 fans per-game at The Corn Crib. Through the first month of our season, a few things are very apparent…
For starters, I think it is safe to say our 29-67 record from last season is a distant memory! Although we do have a lot of baseball yet to be played this season, we currently sit atop the Frontier League West Division by a half-game over the Gateway Grizzlies. Even more impressive, we are 10-3 at home! Outfielder Romulo Ruiz leads the league with 20 RBI, and shortstop Pat McKenna is tied for the league-lead in home runs with five. Led by McKenna’s .341 batting average, our team average is .247 (eighth in the Frontier League). Led by right-handed relief pitcher Alan Oaks’ 0.58 ERA, our team ERA is 3.05 (third in the Frontier League). It is clear our new coaching staff, along with a talented cast of players, have turned things around on the field!
Besides the team’s fantastic start, it is also evident we have some of the best fans in the Frontier League! Although the wet weather has forced us to postpone a game (Saturday, May 25), and suspend a game (Saturday, June 1), we have sold over 27,000 tickets for our 12 openings this season (seventh in the Frontier League). Thanks to the backing of our package ticket holders, we have already far exceeded our full season ticket goal, will soon surpass our mini-plan package goal and expect to achieve our group outing goal before the season comes to an end. Based on the incredible support we have received so far, it is obvious The Corn Crib is the place to be in Bloomington-Normal this summer!
Our current home stand continues tonight at 7 p.m., as we take on the Washington Wild Things in the second game of a three-game series at The Corn Crib. It is “Dog Night / Meijer Wednesday / Web Wednesday.” Gates open at 6 p.m., parking is just $2 per-car and tickets start at only $5 each! If you cannot make it out to the ballpark tonight, please check out our entire remaining schedule at: http://www.normalbaseball.com/schedule/.
To purchase tickets, simply visit the Mid-Illini Credit Union Box Office at The Corn Crib, or call (309) 454-2255 (BALL), during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). You can also purchase tickets on-line anytime at: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4098#.UbjDC_lQFid.
Normal CornBelters Professional Baseball Team