Independence Day

Baseball Weekend

When: Fri., June 30, 6:35 p.m. and Sat., July 1, 6:35 p.m. 2017

Have you ever wanted to undertake a baseball road trip, traveling from stadium to stadium and making summer memories? The only thing holding you back is the expense and your own lack of time. Well, in St. Louis you can live out your dream of fields without breaking the bank or bankrupting your vacation days. Every summer the River City Rascals and the Gateway Grizzlies play a home-and-home series, and since they're minor league teams, tickets are affordable enough that you can bring the husband and the kids. The Rascals host the Grizzlies at 6:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday (June 30 and July 1) at CarShield Field (TR Hughes Boulevard and Tom Ginnever Avenue, O'Fallon;, and Friday just so happens to be Rick Ankiel bobblehead night. The two teams face off again at 6:35 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at the Grizzlies' GCS Ballpark (2301 Grizzlie Bear Boulevard, Sauget, Illinois; That Sunday night in Sauget is All-American Weekend, so the kids get to run the bases after the game and there will be fireworks. Tickets for Rascals' home games are $5 to $25; Grizzlies' tickets are $6 to $45. Those higher-end prices are for multiple people to attend, by the way. If you want to go for the trifecta, you could hit Busch Stadium on Monday and Tuesday (July 3 and 4), and see the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Florida Marlins; tickets start at $10.90. Do you have it in you to visit three ballparks in four days? You're a St. Louisan; you probably do.

Paul Friswold

Price: $5-$25 Rascals home games; $6-$45 Grizzlies home games