Muskegon Clippers a fan favorite in new baseball league
Patrick Center July 21, 2014 | WGVU “The great Satchel Paige pitched here when the Negro Leagues would barnstorm and come in here on Sundays.”
Paige is one of many greats who toed the rubber or ran the bases at Muskegon’s Marsh Field. Today, its collegiate players, who pay to play, bringing life back to the old ball yard.
Len Piasecki is Marking and P.R. Director, “We had no idea if we would get fan support for the team but by golly the baseball people, the fans in the greater Muskegon area and along the Lakeshore are coming out and supporting our team.”
“My son is the starting pitcher tonight.” Sarah Thomas roots for the visiting Holland Millers. Still, she likes the vibe of the league and the Muskegon Clippers product.
“I’ve been to the games in Holland and here it seems like a big community event for everyone to come out to.”
The Clippers lead the league in attendance. At Marsh Field there are 750 seats and a party deck and liquor license.
“Yes. We’re adding everything we can to generate revenues so that we can continue to have our financial sustainability so we can continue doing what we’re doing.”
Corporate sponsors are investing, too. Piasecki tells me the formula for success is a roster of local collegiate players folks can identify with, fan involvement between innings. There’s concessions and merchandising.
“The fans like buying the t-shirts, buying the ball caps, as a matter of fact, we’re all out of ball caps...Our formula is give fans something to come back for and they do that. They come back and they support us.” ListenDownload
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