Sunday, June 20, 2010

Our Fields. Your Dreams.

To celebrate Father's Day we have a special feature, The Ballpark Classics Baseball Game MLB™ Edition. We received this game via UPS not long ago and it has brought the family hours of fun and continues to do so, even this very day. Not being an avid "baseball" family I was not sure how I felt about the game, but once we started playing the game we realized the hours of fun that we were really going to have! The fun continues! My husband and I can rattle off a quick nine inning game in under a half hour and if Lili (our four year old) wants to play we just plan on the game being a little longer.

The game is really best described by Ballpark Classics. The Ballpark Classics Baseball Game MLB™ Edition is a "tabletop baseball game that features all the action and strategy of real baseball. The pitcher must out think the batter, the batter must decide to swing or take pitches, and players can use situational baseball strategies to win. Each game is both a fully playable scale model ballpark and a handsome conversation piece. A game of skill, Ballpark Classics faithfully reflects the unique attributes and challenges of real baseball for one to four players. Each game comes with 30 MLB team pennants so you can create your own customized stadium."

The STORY of Ballpark Classics is as good as they come. Here is an excerpt:

...about 10 years before the classic baseball book Shoeless Joe was written, later adapted into the film Field of Dreams, Doug’s dad (Doug is the owner of Ballpark Classics) decided he didn’t want a house built directly across the road, so he bought the two lots and cut a baseball diamond out of a cornfield for his son and their friends to play on. Years after, it’s no wonder Doug’s wife had to guide a sobbing spouse back out of the theater and drive him home after seeing the movie. Field of Dreams remains his favorite film.

You can follow Ballpark Classics on Facebook too and be the first to hear about contests, specials and other great things!

GET YOUR OWN! You have to run on over to Ballpark Classics and check this game out for yourself! The pictures above don't do it total justice! You can get your own game for $249.

WIN YOUR OWN!! Doug, President and CEO of Ballpark Classics, has decided to giveaway the newly launched and much sought after Ballpark Classics Baseball Game MLB™ Edition to one lucky SIMPLE reader! Visit Ballpark Classics and come back here telling us one thing you think is pretty cool about their STORY!

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Winner will be randomly selected and announced July 9, 2010. Good Luck!
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*I was provided this game free of charge from Ballpark Classics.*

31 comments:

  1. I think it is cool that he grew up in a a small farming and both Doug and his mother and Reds fans

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  2. I Follow Ballpark Classics on Twitter @ivansmom60

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  3. I am a fan of Ballpark Classics on Facebook.
    mpac418 at att dot net

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  4. I would love to win...my address is holly.heeres@charter.net

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  5. I think it is cool that he never let his dream die and that he just kept improving on the original.
    jaydensmom.2005@yahoo.com

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  6. Such a family rooted game!
    gray_andrea@hotmail.com

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  7. I think its neat that he thought of this and created it at 15 and worked to improve it over the years.

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  8. I think it is neat that you can switch out different ballparks

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  9. i like the story of his dad buying the land across the street and building a field on it
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  10. What a neat story!! I love that this was really a labor of love that he just kept improving upon, and that he made one for an infant son that was played by friends. And being from Ohio, I also love that connection.

    jnieset@yahoo.com

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  11. I sent this to 3 friends to become fans on facebook, it's SO neat!

    jnieset@yahoo.com

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  12. He got the idea for the game when he was 15 but didn't revisit it until 20 years later.
    wendyw329 at aol.com

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  13. I thought it was pretty cool that today's game continues the tradition of innovation, providing a smaller footprint, higher quality, and a lower price without compromise. Looks awesome!

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  14. I think it's pretty cool that Mike gets to work for such an awesome family/company! What a life!! :)
    Gretchen DeYoung

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  15. My husband would love this!!! We have season tickets to the Mariners, and love to go watch them every chance we get!!

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  16. Field of Dreams is his favorite movie. I love the story of how it came to be.

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  17. I have to say, the story is amazing and so interesting but knowing that Doug's, the founders, mom was such a huge fan of baseball, is so neat! Moms are influential from here to there and everywhere inbetween. ;)

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  18. Can't wait to play it! Looks like an awesome game!

    (djdejonge at gmail dot com)

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  19. What a wonderful story!! I love that he is from Ohio (like me) and loved going to the county fair each year (me too!) and his love of baseball (me too!). What a great game to play with the whole family!!!

    shannon2rdh@yahoo.com

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  20. Great story! Love how he lived his dream, never gave up and made this game what he wanted it to be. Awesome!

    mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

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  21. The different parks available would add variety and excitement!

    What a fun family game, I am so impressed!

    pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

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  22. I liked the part about the fair - we love going to our county fair.

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  23. Fan of Ballpark Classics on Facebook

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  24. Blog entry

    http://lwentkie.blogspot.com/2010/07/great-fathers-day-gift-and-giveaway.html

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  25. I liked that "His love of baseball was instilled at an early age by his mother who was fan of the “Big Red Machine."

    melissaheiss@gmail.com

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  26. Became a facebook fan of Ballpark Classics

    melissaheiss@gmail.com

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  27. I think it is neat that his Dad didn’t want a house built across the road, so he bought the land and cut down a part of a cornfield to make a baseball diamond for his he and his friends. How cool would that be to have your Dad build a baseball lot for you? I am also impressed with donating baseball games to Camp Erin bereavement camps for children and teens. Also donates one dollar from the sale of every game to The Moyer Foundation. I love it when people share their success.

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  28. Facebook fan of Ballpark Classics!

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  29. Following Ballpark Classics on Twitter! (wettree)

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  30. I think it's cool that Doug’s Dad decided he didn’t want a house built across the road, so he bought the land and cut down a section of the cornfield to make a baseball diamond for his son and his friends. What a super dad! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  31. It's neat that the idea for Ballpark Classics was born from an amusement park game called “Major League”.

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