Still widely known as the national pastime of America, baseball continues to be a staple of American culture and a traditional atmospheric way to start the summer, as we did last Tuesday night at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. It was a home game for the Columbus Clippers, a Minor League Baseball team of the International League and the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians, versus the Louisville Bats, a Minor League Baseball team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. We left during the seventh inning due to a person in our party not feeling very well, and at that point, it looked as though the Clippers were going to win the game. The score at that time was 5 to 4; however, looking into the final score of the game, the Bats scored a couple more times, making the final score 5 to 6 in the Bats’ favor.
Of course, the core of the baseball atmosphere is the freshly cut grass and combed dirt that makes up the baseball field, trickled with the baseball players, coaches, and umpire wearing uniforms and sporting their gear, and the Singing of the National Anthem just before play begins when the crowd respectfully gets quiet. Nevertheless, the baseball game experience would not be the same without the “dime-a-dog nights”, like this one, pop, hot pretzels, peanuts in the shell, Cracker Jacks, pizza, and cheesy fries. Add to that, the variety of people with all different styles, attitudes, and conversations, the blaring music, funny camera scans of the lively audience, and hot dog races (people dressed in hot dog costumes racing each other), the crowded bleachers, foul balls, photo cutout ops, and special time with family/friends and it makes for a memorable summer night. Ours thankfully included a soft summer breeze. Even those who are not baseball fans can appreciate the classic American atmosphere.
We brought white and red baseball cake pops to enjoy after our main meals, which we purchased at Dizurts Custom Cakes and More, a bakery located on S. 30th St. in Heath, Ohio. Every item we have purchased from this bakery, the treats have been delicious; they do not disappoint! Pecan rolls, a vast array of cupcake flavors, and “May the 4th Be with You” sugar cookies have been some of our favorites. On our “To Try list is their red velvet brownies that are always available for purchase, before running out of stock that is! If you ever need a custom decorated cake for a special occasion, Dizurts can do that too. What a gem of a bakery in Licking County, Ohio! We just so happened to see a photo that the bakery posted on their Facebook page promoting the baseball cake pops, spontaneously picked them up, and they made the perfect dessert for our night rooting for the Columbus Clippers baseball team.