Minor league teams in Southern California
High Desert Mavericks
Park, prices and contact info: Stater Bros. Stadium, opened in 1991, 3,808 seats. Tickets, $6-8; parking, free. (760) 246-6287, https://www.hdmavs.com.
Affiliation: Seattle Mariners
Must try: Beth’s Jersey Panini, a turkey breast, Muenster cheese and artichoke-Parmesan spread sandwich, $6.50, at a stand down the left field line.
Huggable mascot: Wooly Bully, athletic and buff bull, notable for gymnastic leaps and dance moves.
Cool promotion: Aug. 28, Forever Wild Animal Exhibit, animals on display from a nearby exotic animal shelter.
Inland Empire 66ers
Park, prices and contact info: The Ranch opened in 1996, 5,000 seats. Tickets, $4-$10; parking, $4. (909) 888-9922, https://www.66ers.com.
Must try: Savory and sizable carne asada torta at the Amapola Rico Taco stand on the third-base side.
Huggable mascot: Bernie (short for San Bernardino), a big, red blob that utters a shrill shriek; he specializes in baiting opposition and umpires.
Cool promotion: July 10, Manny Ramirez action figure to first 1,000 kids.
Park, prices and contact info: The Hangar, opened in 1996, 4,600 seats. Tickets, $7-$13, parking, $5; (661) 726-5400, https://www.jethawks.com.
Affiliation: Houston Astros
Must try: Meaty and moist smoked turkey leg, $6, at a stand on the third-base side.
Huggable mascot: KaBoom, a trim, red hawk accompanied by a five-member pompom-waving cheerleader squad.
Cool promotion: July 17, Cub and Boy Scout overnight sleepover on the field after the game, includes a movie shown on the scoreboard and breakfast the next morning.
Lake Elsinore Storm
Park, prices and contact info: The Diamond, opened in 1994, 6,066 seats. Tickets, $8-$10, parking, $5. (951) 245-4487, https://www.stormbaseball.com.
Affiliation: San Diego Padres
Must try: Kalua pork sliders, served on soft potato rolls with crispy fries and coleslaw, $7.25, at a sit-down eatery down the left-field line.
Huggable mascot: Thunder, which looks a bit like the Phillie Phanatic and races around the park’s perimeters on a three-wheel scooter.
Cool promotion: July 5, “Nothing Night.” Just the game — no concessions, no merchandise sales, no announcer, no open bathrooms and no charge for admission or parking.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Park, prices and contact info: The Epicenter, opened 1993, 6,588 seats. Tickets, $8-$12, parking, $4. (909) 481-5000, https://www.rcquakes.com.
Must try: A Louisiana foot-long grilled sausage with peppers and onions, $6.50, open-air stand down the left-field line.
Huggable mascots: Aftershock and Tremor, adult and child combo of alligator-ish figures that are green with purple polka dots.
Cool promotion:July 13, Torii Hunter bobblehead giveaway to first 1,500 fans.
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