I spent a week in Iowa last year and realized that there was a baseball game just less than a mile from me. Well, I'm a baseball junkie and could not resist going. It was at "Perfect Game Field at Veteran's Memorial Stadium," home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels (a Minnesota Twins Affiliate). Here is where naming rights get a bit awkward. "Perfect Game USA" is the world's largest scouting services.
Just outside the park is this amazing memorial of the Armed Services Veterans from all the Wars. People of Cedar Rapids actually call it the "New Veteran's Memorial Stadium." The original one existed 1949-2001. There's always been a strong relation between baseball and our American Veterans.
Historically, over 400 MLB players have dropped their bats and gloves to serve in the military. During wartime, there was a sentiment that it was wrong for perfectly fit men to be playing baseball instead of contributing to the war effort. But, it was believed that the game should go on because this American pastime lifted the spirits of a country in turmoil, that it was the driving force of the American way of Life, that the act of removing it alone would spell defeat.
Over the years, The Kernels have been affiliated with several other MLB Teams. They were previously part of the Angels farm system (1993-2012). A long list of Alumni includes players like Mike Trout who is a premiere MLB star today and the late Nick Adenhart who was tragically killed in a car accident on the night of his first start as pitcher in the 2009 season.
The Kernels were down 5-1 in the sixth inning when they tied and ultimately won with a walk off double in the 9th inning. Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Beloit Snappers 6-5 on Thursday night August 15, 2013.