Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Written by: Erin Beene
Tate R. Tot, the Hot Tots mascot, greets everyone with a high five and a permanent smile. Northern Sentry Photos I Erin Beene

Baseball is a classic part of an American summer, and the Hot Tots do their part to continue this enjoyable pastime right here in Minot. In their first season in the wood bat Northwoods League, the Minot Hot Tots have taken this small community by storm. Under new general direction this season, the Hot Tots have exhibited an immense amount of promotions, marketing and general awareness for their team and have managed to pull off a rather spectacular experience. Everything, from the employee’s demeanor to the new and improved promotional deals to the fun zone for kids, baseball games this summer may be the place to be. Hot Tots baseball is what Minot has been waiting for.

And as luck would have it, the second home game of the year turned out to be rather eventful at Corbett Field. First to note is the friendliness of the staff. Everyone from the general manager to the ticket counter to the beer tent servers to the food tent attendants was extremely kind, helpful and willing to answer questions. Tate R. Tot, the sunglasses spud mascot, was also overly fun and waved and high-fived kids at every turn no matter how many times they passed by without the slightest hint of hidden annoyance.

Even as the weather took a turn, the Hot Tots’ staff was engaging the crowd and keeping everyone safe. Picture shows staff members surprised but still getting the crowd to safety as it started to rain and hail heavily during the game.

While on the subject of the staff, early in the game there was a flash thunderstorm which caused a rain delay. The storm quickly turned into a fast and furious hail storm. Guests seated in the first 10 rows of the grandstand scrambled to the upper levels to avoid getting pelted and soaked. While a little chaotic for a few minutes, the staff was playing music, dancing around and keeping the guests safe and pumped up. After a few minutes of hard rain passed, guests returned to their seats to wait out the rain delay. Even though no one likes waiting around, the Hot Tots staff opened the beer and food tents and even started preparing the kid zone as soon as the weather was safe. The sense of calmness paired with the sense of urgency of the staff made it a rather enjoyable waiting period. It was impressive!

Also new to the Minot baseball minor league experience this year is the range of seat choices available, which was an unexpected perk and well worth the money. Some of the upgraded tickets like the Suite Seats and Party Patio include food, beer, some Hot Tots swag —which was really a fun addition— and even some passes to the Kid Zone for the kids at heart! The prices for all ranges of seats are surprisingly affordable and offer an extra element of enjoyment to a summer’s night out.

The Hot Tots baseball team is formed of mostly collegiate level players looking to either level up in the minor league system or get more notoriety and experience before returning to play for their university next season. The Northwoods League covers seven different states and even one Canadian province, totaling 22 teams. This league is one of the largest, and also is proud to offer family friendly atmosphere and fun.

The food is home-cooked, delicious and plentiful at the Hot Tots’ games.

As this game went into the 7th inning stretch, the time was nearing 9:30pm and the sun was still shining with a cool breeze blowing. The overall experience was a friendly, exciting, and tasty small town magic that is unrivaled at larger city minor or even major league baseball games. The prices and quaint homestyle feel of the Hot Tots environment was one of the most pleasant experiences in this Minot summer. The Minot Hot Tots, like the Minot Minotauros hockey team, know how to do wholesome sports entertainment.

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