The independent leagues form a pro baseball circuit in North America that gets around the notoriously capitalistic franchise system of the Major League Baseball by employing journeyman pros, talented rookies and disenfranchised players to perform exactly the same sport but without the hooey that accompanies organised business investment. Nobody would pretend that the best ball players play their trade in the Independent League, but those who catch the eye of talent scouts may be lured away with the promises of mega bucks and fast car sponsorship deals. The triumph of this format is that it is not restricted by geography, while MLB only allows for one team in a given radius, in this league anything goes. This is eminently sensible when you consider that large centres of population (for example the Pacific north west) can certainly accommodate more baseball teams than the MLB rules permit. In the states, there is a small but dedicated fan base for each of these independent league teams and they support their men with every ounce of fervour and partisanship that you could imagine. Independent League Tickets are available from StubHub for those who want to catch a game but are reluctant to support the corporate carousel.
Let me root, root root for the home team, if they don't win it's a shame
For those who often find themselves on business in various outposts of the USA, there is always the opportunity to catch a game during the regular season. Independent teams are dotted about across the whole of the 50 states, one clear benefit is that the face value prices of tickets is much less than the equivalent for an established franchise. For just a few bucks you can immerse yourself near the diamond and watch the sluggers pit their wits against the guys in the bull pen, this is raw sportsmanship, the like of which is hard to come by elsewhere; the slightly rickety nature of the ballparks also adds a touch of authenticity to this pursuit.
An all star is born with Independent League Tickets
Over the years, the so called outlaw teams have produced some fine players. and the producers of Hollywood, who love a rags to riches story, have often visited this theme. The film 'Bull Durham' tells the true story of Leon Drummond who rose from obscurity to become one of America's sweethearts. In the sorry era of segregation, Jackie Robinson made history as the first black player to enter MLB and inspired the superb biopic '42'. More recently all star Daryll Strawberry was poached from the Crenshaw Cougars for the 1980 draft and went on to become a multi hall-of-famer.