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Minor Treats: Flying Squirrels Entertain

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Most fans came for the baseball, some for the family-friendly and fun time, and others for Erik Estrada.

    A visit to a Minor League stadium in the summertime should always be a memorable experience. The Diamond in Richmond, Va., -- home of the Flying Squirrels -- was no exception.

    Estrada was just one of numerous celebrities to make a special appearance at The Diamond. He attracted hundreds of adoring fans to the park recently -- some of whom weren't so pleased with the former heartthrob's rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."

    The Diamond is home to the Flying Squirrels and the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams baseball team. Built in 1985, The Diamond was the longtime home to the Richmond Braves (AAA) until they moved to Gwinett County, Ga., after the 2008 season.

    The Flying Squirrels seem to have made themselves right at home in Richmond. Fans and players alike contributed to the fun and unique atmosphere provided by the San Francisco Giants' Double-A affiliate.

    Contests, games and music are always plentiful to keep the younger fans entertained at The Diamond.

    Expect to see dancing maids in drag, mariachi bands and acorn-shaped mascots on any given night at Squirrels' games. We were lucky enough to experience all three. 

    The Squirrels' Christina Shisler is in charge of the team's unique promotions seen on the field throughout the game, and she didn't disappoint.

    "We're all about total fan participation," Shisler said. "All of the fun promotions we do...we are always having fun out here."

    Students studying at VCU get into certain games for free. Many students living in Richmond say Squirrels games are the perfect way to spend a summer night.

    "It's a good place to come if you are trying to relax," VCU junior Jordan Tiamson said.

    Without a bad seat in the house and a roof over the main concourse, the ballpark offers an opportunity to see the baseball stars of tomorrow (and your occasional celebrity) in an intimate setting.

    If you're looking for a night of family fun or just want to meet one of your favorite celebrities, The Diamond may be the place for you. Check out the Squirrel's site for game and promotion schedules.

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