What should you do if major-league baseball goes on strike (again)? Don't give up on our national pastime. Just tune in to the minors, and watch the game as God intended--in cheap seats. How to talk like a pro:
Red Barons: Led by star outfielder Marlon Byrd, the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Barons win at a .650 clip--far better than their last-place parent club in Philly.
Tix info: Tickets run $5 to $7.50. They never sell out, so go to redbarons.com.
Sean Burroughs and Hank Blalock: With Portland (Ore.) and Oklahoma City, these third basemen flopped in their MLB debuts. Both will be back--with a vengeance.
Tix info: Portlandbeavers.com and oklahoma redhawks.com.
Fifth Third Field: The new Toledo Mud Hens' field in Ohio includes "roost" seats overhanging the field and a majors-quality video board.
Tix info: All seats are $8. Saturday games tend to sell out, so buy tickets ahead of time on mudhens.com.
Rochester Red Wings vs. Syracuse SkyChiefs: These N.Y. cities have been going at it since 1885. Now, that's tradition.
Tix info: They play eight games in August. See redwingsbaseball.com and skychiefs.com for tickets.
Henry the Puffy Taco: When the San Antonio Missions mascot races kids, they get to tackle him. Those Texans do love football.
Tix info: They cost $4.50 to $8 at samissions.com.