Tim Leonard has been an Oklahoma City 89ers and RedHawks season ticket holder for about as long as he can remember.
Leonard is also a Chicago Cubs fan who has made the pilgrimage to Wrigley Field several times. He feels right at home at RedHawks games during this homestand, as the team continues its "Taste of the Big Leagues” campaign featuring some of the top ballparks around the major leagues.
There is ivy on the center field wall and a replica of the entrance sign at Wrigley. For the Yankees, there were subway stops and a replica of Monument Park.
"It’s something different and unique," Leonard said. "It’s different than normal promotions.”
RedHawks co-owner Scott Pruitt got the idea for the campaign after visiting several parks around the majors. Fans may notice fewer bobblehead and bat giveaways this year. That reflects a national trend, RedHawks executive director John Allgood said.
"It goes in cycles,” Allgood said. "Now entertainment and experiences are becoming more popular.”
Food is also part of the experience. For Wrigley, Chicago Dogs and Mother-in-Law Sandwiches are sold. For Boston’s Fenway Park, lobster rolls and Fenway Franks are on the menu.
"It draws people out,” Oklahoma City resident Chris Hayes said. "You may have some people who can’t get to some of these places, but they can have a little bit of it here.