As you pass through the main gates and look to the right, you will see the Mudcat's Team Store. It is clean and well organized with plenty of staff to take care of everything. I didn't have my usual New Era goosebumps since I was already wearing my hat from last year. As I was passing by a clearance bucket below the hat wall, I noticed some fitted hats for only $15. There it was at the bottom of the bucket. A brand new 7 5/8 fitted New Era! Like Harry Potter's wand choosing the young sorcerer, this hat chose me to wield its future magic. After spending an additional $5 for a mini wooden bat, we were on our way to check out the rest of the Five County Stadium. With those prices and that great find, we scored the team store an easy 9 on the FFS.
Pylodictis olivaris does not have as cool of a ring to it as a Mudcat and probably not the most sexy of corporate logos to hang your hat on. With that said, I must say that Carolina does a good job at pulling it off. Their logo is quite contagious and with the red and black color scheme, I would call it one of the coolest brands in the league. You know how I love hats, so when you combine the $15 deal with this cool hat...pure magic! Sorry kids but this is my call. I give the Mudcats an FFS of a 9.
This is a park that you don't need a lot to do. You are so close to everything and the Mudcats do a great job of getting you involved not only between inning but during them as well. It is a small park that really only has the room for a speed pitch inflatable on the 3rd base side of the stadium. When considering the interaction my kids had before the game and the entertainment during, they did a pretty good job. My youngest boy rated the Bling at a firm 7.
Five County Stadium has a cool vertical presence about it. You feel like you are hovering over the action. My youngest said it the best, "These are good ball catching seats!" We sat in two different sections for this game. Arlis loves sitting in section 210. Not only is it great foul ball territory, but it is a really cool place to watch the game. To avoid the sun, we also sat in section 402. There were not many people over here so the kids got to run around and have a good time. The older kids enjoyed sitting down by the wall in section 301. It is a great autograph area for both teams coming into and out of the park. With each child having their favorite seat to sit in, it was pretty easy to give the seating a Five County Stadium a 9 on the FFS.
Food - 7
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A bathroom is a bathroom is what I am told. To me it easy for one to be sold. You have their attention for a minute or two, to show them a deal or maybe a few. I am glad that they're clean and the plumbing works great. A fine sanctuary to remove what you've just ate. An experience I argue should be had by all, in a seat, at the food cart, and even the bathroom wall. I cannot admit that in there I found heaven. We all can agree that the bathrooms were a 7.
The job of hype man has been split in a few direction at Five County Stadium. The voice of the Mudcats is a gentleman that does a great job getting the fans going. If someone can help me with his name that would be great. I searched their website, but they don't do a good job of marketing what he does. I have been there on a night with only a few fans and have seen the same performance as if the place was sold out. Muddy is the face of the Mudcats. My son loves Muddy and goes out of his way for a high five. It is for Muddy alone that both of my boys score the Hype Man as a 9. Sometimes we are even graced by the presence of his best friend Mini Muddy. He is great with a four wheeler and a water gun and always keeps his fans on there toes. He is a must meet when you head to the park.
I have said in past blogs that Minor League Baseball has been losing its identity over the years. This game was created for the family to not only enjoy playing but watching as well. The Carolina Mudcats have restored my faith in purity of the game. They provide you with a family experience that keeps you entertained from batting practice to the last pitch. My 7 year old is usually a 4 or 5 inning soldier, but at the Mudcats game he went the distance. I cannot encourage you enough that when you are traveling through Raleigh take a half day and come experience this for yourselves. It doesn't matter if you are a first time participant or an extreme baseball fan. Five County Stadium will take you back to a time when everything was good and life went at a much slower pace. Until next time...see you in the batter's box!
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