With the beginning of summer, many favorite activities return to the Vermilion County area. One of the all-time favorites just started recently with the first Danville Dans game of the season.
The Dans play in the Prospect league, a collegiate-age league sponsored in part by Major League Baseball, which is why the team use wooden bats instead of the aluminum ones used in college.
Some of the country’s best collegiate players travel to Danville each year to spend the summer playing baseball. Players come from Illinois and the surrounding states, as well as from far away as California, Oregon and Florida.
The players live with local families, some developing relationships that last for years.
The Dans actually are short a few host families this year. Anyone interested in opening their doors to a Dans player should contact the team by sending an e-mail to managing partner Jeanie Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The games are played in Danville Stadium, a great place in which to watch games. The historic place allows fans to stay close to the action, and the modern facilities allow them to enjoy all the treats that go along with baseball games.
Teams in the Dans’ division include Terre Haute, Ind.; Hannibal, Mo.; and Quincy and Springfield in Illinois.
Special events dot the Dans’ schedule throughout the summer. The team plays home games next week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday — with a fireworks show included — and Saturday.
Watching the Dans is great, inexpensive family fun and helps support one of the county’s best assets. Take in a game soon.