Because the seats in Fenway are just too small, stretch your legs this summer with a road trip to some of New England's more obscure (and spacious) minor league parks, where the tickets are cheap, the beer is plentiful, and the teams are...also cheap -- it's not like these guys have Mike Lowell money
Brockton Rox: Campanelli Stadium: 1 Feinberg Way; Brockton; 508.559.7000
History: A 2003 addition to the unaffiliated Canadian-American League, the Rox name is a tribute to the city's famed boxers Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Player to Watch: First baseman Melvin Falu led the league with 20 homers in 2010, and owns six of the franchise's offensive records -- so they must be by the Sex Pistols or something.
Fun Fact: After years of hiding in Idaho, Bill Buckner is in his first season as manager.
After the Game: Because, well, you're already in the area, why not pop in to the Champagne room at the lovely and infamous Foxy Lady
Don't let what you've heard about Brockton stop you from checking out the team's new unis, at BrocktonRox.com
Worcester Tornadoes: Fitton Field: 1 College St, at Fitton; Worcester; 508.792.2288
History: Playing at Holy Cross' Fitton Field since their 2005 debut, the Tornadoes won the Can-Am League in their inaugural season.
Player to Watch: Third baseman Mark Minicozzi's come out on fire, hitting .367 to start the season.
Fun Fact: They're actually named after one of the most devastating disasters to ever tear through Worcester not named "Denis Leary On 2-for-1 Night".
After the Game: Head over to Green Street's The Dive Bar, which pours surprisingly great American crafts like The Bruery Mischief & Firestone Walker Double Jack
Or, take advantage of their birthday party package which comes w/ hot dogs & a visit from the team mascot at Worcester Tornadoes.com
Bridgeport Bluefish: The Ballpark at Harbor Yard; 500 Main St; Bridgeport, CT; 203.345.4800
History: The first baseball team in the 'Port since the '40s, the franchise joined the indie 126-game Atlantic League in '98 and took the title the following year.
Player to Watch: A right-handed hurler in his seventh season, Pat Ryan has already fanned 49 batters in 2011, while the rest must've just been content with his frozen margaritas and foot massages.
Fun Fact: Their 5500-seat stadium is built on a former factory purchased by the city from Donald Trump for $1 and the waiving of his back taxes. This is not a joke.
After the Game: Score a few cocktails and a slice of Cajun-style pizza at B'port's Two Boots outpost
Missed the ferry to Long Island? Why not catch a game at BridgeportBluefish.com.
Vermont Lake Monsters: Centennial Field: 287 Colchester Ave, at University; Burlington, VT; 802.655.4200
History: The last team in baseball to carry the Expos name, the former Montreal affiliate became Oakland's Single-A squad this year, and plays all 38 home games at the oldest park in minor league ball, UVM's 105yr-old Centennial Field.
Player to Watch: A 2010 third-round pick, speedy 19yr-old CF Aaron Shipman should pilfer a ton of bases.
Fun Fact: Jason Bay and Orlando Cabrera are a couple of notable Red Sox alum to have spent time in Burlington, the former having actually created a hilarious, individualized handshake with each member of the town.
After the Game: Head downtown to the Vermont Pub & Brewery and try a pint of their own Grand Slam Baseball pale ale
You can't possibly pass up 25-cent "Hot Dog Night" at VermontLakeMonsters.com
Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide: The Ballpark: 1 E Emerson Cummings Blvd; Old Orchard Beach, ME; 774.248.4595
History: The Raging Tide (formerly the All-Americans) are playing their first season in Maine as part of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, having just escaped from Lowell (the third baseman is just that rich).
Player to Watch: A Sudbury native and Binghamton U standout, CF Billy Bereszniewicz is hitting .529 through seven games.
Fun Fact: Assuming you want to put a little more zip on your fastball, the Raging Tide coach offers individual baseball lessons by the half hour.
After the Game: Hit NE's only boardwalk amusement park, Palace Playland, which rocks two roller coasters, a new Ferris wheel, and a 24000sqft arcade