For a fun-filled experience, go see the Drive in Greenville


By D. C. Moody - dmoody@civitasmedia.com



Reedy, the Drive’s mascot, helps provide entertainment for the kids between innings and also helps with the games during inning breaks. Children from the stands are selected to participate in events such as a three-legged race.


D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

The Greenville Drive bring an exciting brand of professional baseball to the area and baseball fans have no idea what a value the Boston Red Sox affiliate is without spending one evening at Fluor Field.


D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

Apartments and condominiums overlook the left field wall and provide an exciting backdrop. Though Greenville isn’t the size of Boston, fans on top of roofs and watching from balconies gives the game a big city feel.


D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

The play at Fluor Field is full of exciting action as hopefuls play their hearts out to reach the Major League level.


D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

Local history is also on display at West End Stadium as seen here with a nod to Anderson native and 1978 American League MVP Jim Rice. Rice was a fixture in left field for the Red Sox for many years and is a local legend.


D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

GREENVILLE — South Carolina has always been a state strong in its love of baseball with tradition surrounding the game in the Palmetto State. For fans, it is just a short drive to see, well, the Drive.

The Greenville Drive are an AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and Flour Field is an authentic replica of historic Fenway Park in Boston, complete with its own Green Monster — an extremely tall wall in left field for those uninitiated. The environment is all baseball and fun with areas for the younger fan to test their skills such as a radar gun to verify a 100 mph fastball.

Unlike a trip to a Major League baseball game where it takes a major league wallet, a trip to see the Drive is an affordable night out for the single fan or the entire family.

Seats are $10 at the gate before first pitch, and even a little less expensive if you purchase ahead of time at $9 per seat or less. And there are no $20 hot dogs either with meals, snacks, and souvenirs reasonable priced making the outing even more affordable.

The young men on the field are also quite a show. How often is it you have the opportunity to watch genuine Major League prospects for such a price with high quality baseball to boot?

The AA affiliates of Major League organizations are actually the launching pad for prospects to reach the game’s highest level. The majority of players called up during the season — as well as those assigned at the beginning of training camp — are players cutting their teeth at the AA level.

The summer is almost here and baseball in America is as much a part of the season as sunshine and trips to the beach. In the case of the Drive, the cost is much less and the return on the investment is almost guaranteed.

Reedy, the Drive’s mascot, helps provide entertainment for the kids between innings and also helps with the games during inning breaks. Children from the stands are selected to participate in events such as a three-legged race.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0062.jpgReedy, the Drive’s mascot, helps provide entertainment for the kids between innings and also helps with the games during inning breaks. Children from the stands are selected to participate in events such as a three-legged race. D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

The Greenville Drive bring an exciting brand of professional baseball to the area and baseball fans have no idea what a value the Boston Red Sox affiliate is without spending one evening at Fluor Field.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0064.jpgThe Greenville Drive bring an exciting brand of professional baseball to the area and baseball fans have no idea what a value the Boston Red Sox affiliate is without spending one evening at Fluor Field. D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

Apartments and condominiums overlook the left field wall and provide an exciting backdrop. Though Greenville isn’t the size of Boston, fans on top of roofs and watching from balconies gives the game a big city feel.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0066.jpgApartments and condominiums overlook the left field wall and provide an exciting backdrop. Though Greenville isn’t the size of Boston, fans on top of roofs and watching from balconies gives the game a big city feel. D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

The play at Fluor Field is full of exciting action as hopefuls play their hearts out to reach the Major League level.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0070.jpgThe play at Fluor Field is full of exciting action as hopefuls play their hearts out to reach the Major League level. D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

Local history is also on display at West End Stadium as seen here with a nod to Anderson native and 1978 American League MVP Jim Rice. Rice was a fixture in left field for the Red Sox for many years and is a local legend.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0072.jpgLocal history is also on display at West End Stadium as seen here with a nod to Anderson native and 1978 American League MVP Jim Rice. Rice was a fixture in left field for the Red Sox for many years and is a local legend. D. C. Moody | The Easley Progress

By D. C. Moody

dmoody@civitasmedia.com

Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.

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