Cape Cod League baseball: Matt's Memo

Cape Cod League baseball game in Orleans, Massachusetts.

On the night the Major Leaguers played their All-Star game in New York it seems fitting to blog about future big leaguers spending their first summer away from metal bats and learning how to crack hits with wood. It is the Cape Cod League. A place for some of the best collegiate players to make their mark and grow accustomed to the traditional Louisville Slugger.

The action on the field is compelling. Even with eyes closed the game comes alive. Fans sit close enough to the diamond to hear the pop of the catcher's mitt. The whiff of a swinging strike. And a call of encouragement of a coach from the dugout.

Summer sunset's come early on the Cape. That brings out the magic of baseball under the lights. The misty salt air grabs the light and lays it down like a blanket over the ball field.

Families on blankets line the hillside. Some bring folding chairs. Sodas and popcorn are a buck. Major League scouts sit behind home plate measuring velocity and speed.

It's Cape Cod League baseball. Watch the video linked to below. It will transport you to a wonderfully American place.

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