A trip reporting down on the farm (system)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The atmosphere at a minor-league baseball game is unlike what you find at the game's highest level.

You don't hear fans criticizing how a player runs out a slow grounder or if the manager turns to the always-loved defensive replacement late in games.

Minor-league baseball is fun.

There's 10-cent hot dog night, hot dog races and often a grassy knoll in the outfield for fans to enjoy the game. Sure, Monday night was a research mission for me to gather material for our Below Deck feature, but I also wanted to truly get a sense of the experience during this game between the Indianapolis Indians and Columbus Clippers — from the players on the field to the fans standing in long lines for a ballpark frank.

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