Oaxaca Guerreros – Mexican League BaseballApril 6th, 2013 | Posted by in Mexico | Sports | The Places We've Been
The Team: Oaxaca Guerreros
The Baseball: Though described by MLB as a “triple-A level” league, what we saw in an admittedly small sample size of one game was probably closer to double-A. Fastballs in the upper 80s, not a whole lot of hitting for power, a couple players who were overweight even by first-baseman standards, and at least one left-fielder who had no clue how to take the proper route to a ball. That being said, it was definitely of a level high enough to warrant the entry fee and leave us wanting to go back. Oh, and the surprise fact that former Kansas City Royal and Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa played for the opposing team was a nice little bonus.
The Cost: Tickets range from 25 pesos each ($2 USD) for outfield bleachers to 150 pesos each ($12 USD) for field level seats. We paid 100 pesos ($8 USD) total for two general admission tickets and plopped ourselves down behind home plate.
The Concessions: Though a stand or two selling hamburgers and hotdogs near the entrance were operating, concessions for the most part were purchased through roaming vendors selling beer for 25 pesos ($2 USD), soda for 15 pesos ($1.20 USD), packaged snacks like chips and candy for 7-20 pesos ($.60-1.60 USD), and food such as nachos, hamburgers, hotdogs, and tlayudas for 20-35 pesos ($1.60-2.80 USD).
The Mascot and Dancers: With a team name like Warriors, you might expect a little grittier mascot than Tato, but this fun-loving figure who stood on the field during the game, made adult gestures to the crowd, and talked from inside of his costume might be the only mascot I haven’t wanted to hide from in years. If his dedication didn’t make you want to cheer for the home team, then the scantily clad dancers gyrating in unison between innings were sure to do it. Go Guerreros!