So it was recently announced that Manny Ramirez, yes, that Manny Ramirez will be joining the Iowa Cubs as a player/coach. To a lot of baseball fans, myself included, this was puzzling news. Nonetheless, I gotta tell you, I am excited about it, if only because I’ll be able to heckle Manny up close and personal.
The Iowa Cubs, the triple A affiliate of the illustrious winning franchise the Chicago Cubs (lols, am I right?) play at Principal Park in the heart of Des Moines. Having them here is an opportunity to see future major leaguers before they hit it big, current players out on rehab assignments, and now washed-up old stars with character issues.
But seriously, it’s a cool place with a personal, approachable atmosphere. Unlike major league parks, you are always close to the action at Principal, and often within earshot of the players on the field. But as Spiderman’s Uncle Ben told us, with great power comes great responsibility, so be very careful what you say. Anyway, for baseball fans, Principal Park is a must-see during a trip to Des Moines. And actually, it’s a must see for those who aren’t baseball fans too. I recently went with a couple friends who weren’t sure how many “turns” each team got, and we still had an absolute blast. And by the end of the game, they even learned a little bit about the fundamentals of baseball. Maybe the same thing will happen for Manny.