BEST BATTING CAGE - 2003
Arlington and Rice Batting Cages
The name of the place is a misnomer these days, since the City of St. Paul, which owns the facility, sold the Dome right out from over the folks at Arlington and Rice. But the batting cages keep right on pumping out baseballs and softballs to folks of wildly different skill levels. The old field is still around and is still being used for practices, games, clinics, and lessons, and the big bangers still show up regularly to take their hacks. For the rest of us armchair athletes, though, it's nice (and humiliating) to get the occasional reminder of what a difficult thing it is to hit a baseball. When they crank up the pitching machines to even 50 or 60 mph--the maximum, and approximately half of what a dominant Major Leaguer will throw--you can witness some seriously entertaining spectacles in the batting cages. You can even be an entertaining spectacle, and it won't cost you much more than a bruised ego: Tokens are $1.50 for 20 balls, or you can settle into the cage for either a half-hour ($20) or an hour ($40) of private futility. Hours are noon to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.