The Florida State League season is quickly coming to a close, with Roger Dean Stadium’s last regular season game scheduled for Sunday, September 6 when the Palm Beach Cardinals host stadium mates, the Jupiter Hammerheads. Since April 9, these two Class A-Advanced baseball teams played nearly 280 baseball games, with a playoff spot still up for grabs in the southern division. Currently, the Palm Beach Cardinals are sitting in first place in the South, with a two-game buffer on the Bradenton Marauders. With four remaining games, the Cardinals need to capture three to keep that playoff birth intact in order to face the lowly Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Divisional Championship round (Charlotte won the first half of the season, only to fall to 23-29 in the last 52 games—68-64 on the full season so far).
With the Florida State League season coming to a close, and Roger Dean going into a months long lull in preparation of 2016’s spring training, this week is Palm Beachers’ last opportunity to see minor league ball for more than half a year—unless the Cardinals score a playoff birth; if they do, the Cardinals will host the Stone Crabs on Tuesday, September 8. What’s more, Marlins’ slugger, Giancarlo Stanton has been playing some rehab assignments with the Hammerheads, playing in the first game of a doubleheader on September 2, with the chance of a few more at bats before the season is over—stay tuned to Roger Dean’s Facebook page for more on Giancarlo’s status with the Hammerheads. What does all this mean? The time is now if you want to soak up those few last moments of America’s summer’s pastime.
- Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for kids. For more information, call the ticket office at 561-630-1828 or visit rogerdeanstadium.com.
For baseball fans, here’s a look at the last remaining games:
From Thursday, September 3 through Sunday, September 6, the Hammerheads and Cardinals will trade home team duty for a four-game series to end the season. At this point, the Hammerheads are playing for pride, and players for future position spots, being eliminated from the post season seemingly months ago. The Cardinals, as mentioned above, are playing for a playoff birth, which should be at hand seeing they are facing the Hammerheads—unless Stanton plays a number of the games, where a bomber can easily sway a game.
- On Thursday, join the brew crew for the final “Let’s Have a Party” night of the season. Bring those insulated red Solo cups for $1 beers ($2 craft beers), and join in on the heckling. Also, check the team store before heading out the door—it’s essentially a fire sale in there as they try to purge the last remaining 2015 products from the shelves. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.
- On Friday, find three friends or family members to join in the baseball fun; it’s the last “Four-Pack Friday” of the season. For $44, you get four tickets, four hot dogs, and four soft drinks—that’s $11 per person if you haven’t busted out the calculator just yet. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
- On Saturday, celebrate your local hero at Super Hero Night. Roger Dean Stadium will be honoring five local heroes, nominated by the public, with a special evening dedicated to people who have gone above and beyond in the community as public servants, mentors, police officers, firefighters, philanthropists, teachers, coaches, military personnel, and more. Have someone in mind? Nominate your hero with this form [PDF]. Five local heroes will be honored with special recognition during the game, tickets, food, and more. What’s more, if you happen to have a favorite super hero, come dressed as him or her for a chance to win some special prizes. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.
- On Sunday, the last game of the season starts early, 10:35 a.m. Come and cheer on both home teams, and enjoy some frosty beverages after for a Sunday Funday, Abacoa-style.