Found July 16, 2013 on Queen City Sports:
Coca-Cola Field is the largest field in Minor League Baseball. The Buffalo Bisons are a staple of Buffalo. While they’ll never be embraced like the Bills or Sabres due to the fact that they’re only a minor league franchise, the Bisons provide a unique blend of entertainment and skill at every game at Coca-Cola Field. With a 49-47 record entering the International League All-Star break, Buffalo fields a competitive team that’s only 1.5 games back in the IL Wild Card Race. Their transition to becoming the Toronto Blue Jays top affiliate has been smooth and has upgraded the experience to going to games. Their roster is improved, featuring home grown St. Francis product Jim Negrych, 2012 IL MVP Mauro Gomez and a plethora of other talented players. On top of displaying a talented lineup, Toronto has done a great job of letting their stars rehab in Buffalo. Jose Reyes spent four games with the Bisons in June on a rehab assignment. Jose Reyes spent four days with the Bisons in the middle of June while both Josh Johnson and Brett Lawrie have started games for the Herd as well. Buffalo has become a place to watch top of the line prospects as well as seeing talented Blue Jays players rehabbing before being called up, something the Mets didn’t as the Bisons parent club. But in addition to all the factors with Buffalo’s actual roster, one of the main reasons for the Bisons entertainment value is what the team’s staff does on game days. The unique, creative events organized to bring in fans has been a massive success this year. From Zombie Night to Star Wars Night to Independence Eve, the Bisons get it right when it comes to entertainment. They draw big crowds while putting on a show in addition to the game, keeping people happy in their seats. Celery has become a Buffalo legend due in part because it has never won the Bisons Condiment Race. (Peter Power/Globe & Mail) Celery has become a Buffalo legend, due in part to his inability to win the Bisons condiment race each night. Friday nights in the summer are now referred to as “Friday Night Bash’s” thanks in part to the Bisons having fireworks after every Friday night homegame. Buffalo gets to see minor league baseball at its best. Bisons fans get to witness a mix of players on their path to the majors and others who were lucky enough to have their time and enjoying their last chance to prove themselves. That combined with the entertaining product put on the field every game day has created an amazing baseball atmosphere at Coca-Cola Field. Buffalo might not be a baseball town but the Bisons do their best to ensure that it’s a Bisons town during the summer. You can never go wrong going attending a game. The Bisons win when it comes to entertainment and more likely than not, you’ll find yourself entertained. The post The Bisons Win When It Comes To Entertaining appeared first on Queen City Sports.

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