Just like the pros, you’ve gotta warm up for a great on-field performance. Get the blood flowing at Best of Luck Beer Hall (313-B S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, 417-552-9009). Reserve the artificial turf lawn and toss a few bean bags to work out any kinks in that pitching arm. Stay hydrated, too, with the vast beer selection and the craft cocktails, namely the tart and herby A Pair O’Dice.
The First Pitch
Make a quick pit stop at Dugout Bar & Grill (1218 E. Trafficway St., Springfield, 417-866-2255). A mere 482 steps from Hammons Field, it’s the ideal place to wait out the entering crowds by munching on an order of Mother’s beer batter fried pickles with dill ranch dipping sauce (and no, you can’t sneak them into the stadium. Don’t ask how we know that.)
Top of the First
Now that you’re fully pickled (both in tummy and spirit), it’s time to play ball and take in a Springfield Cardinals game. Springfield is home to a Double-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, and it’s a great way to see up-and-coming talent and sometimes a few recovering MLB pros in action.