Blue Rocks Logo"Long fly ball, it's outta here!" My earliest memory of a ball game rings back to the days as a kid where my family would make the 45 minute trek, with two screaming boys, to see the Philadelphia Phillies in the old Veteran's Stadium on Broad Street. It was a short-lived memory to say the least. See, we never made it a whole game as two youngsters in that blaring July heat of Downtown Philadelphia. My old man would then pack us up in the 6th inning and we would ship off back down the I-95 corridor to our home in Wilmington, Delaware.

Wilmington Blue RocksIn fact we never made it a whole game until we were older. That very first time we lasted the duration of a game was right here in our hometown. The Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Class A-Plus affiliate of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals had just moved in to the newly constructed Frawley Stadium along the Riverfront in Downtown Wilmington. It was there, for years, where we caught all the action of upcoming prospects like Johny Damon and Carlos Beltran that were looking to impress scouts so they could advance to the big leagues. The upside, my father no longer had to pack us up in the car for Philadelphia and you couldn't beat the cost for an evening of family entertainment at the ballpark!

They say every story has a beginning middle and end. Well, Frawley Stadium begins a lot of those stories for many ballplayers looking to make it to the next level. There's nothing like catching high profiled prospects that begin their professional careers right here in Wilmington, Delaware. You never know who you'll see from season to season, but, you're guaranteed to have a great evening out with your family at the expense of just a short drive away!

Don't miss out on the fun. The Wilmington Blue Rocks' 2014 home opener is April 8th at 6:35 pm.

Drew Osberg

Marketing and Social Media Specialist
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau