normal cornbelters logoIt is hard to believe the 2013 Normal CornBelters season will be wrapping up soon.  Following their longest road trip of the season, the team begins a three-game home stand at The Corn Crib tonight against the Schaumburg Boomers at 7 p.m.  Including tonight’s game, there are only 18 regular season home games remaining this season.

The team currently has a 35-34 record.  They are six and a half games behind the division leading Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League West Division, but only four games back of a wild card playoff berth.  While they have improved from last season’s 29 wins, there is still work to be done in their remaining 27 games.  They are looking to finish the season strong and earn our first-ever playoff berth.

Case IH CombineWith the team on the road for nine of the past ten days, our front office staff continued with business as usual at the ballpark.  On my way into the administrative office earlier this week, I viewed a family taking photographs next to the Case IH combine outside the Barker, Buick, GMC, Cadillac Main Gate (a common occurrence).  It reminded me of the unique and beneficial theme we have had since our inaugural season in 2010.

Of all the 50 states, only Iowa planted more acres of corn than Illinois in 2012.  With Normal being located in the heart of Central Illinois (inside the “Corn Belt”), corn production is essential to our way of life.  It only makes sense we call ourselves the CornBelters, and we play our games at The Corn Crib.  It makes even more sense we partner with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) to help educate our fans on corn production in our home state.

Among other things, visitors to the ballpark cannot miss the corn planted outside and inside The Corn Crib, the Case IH combines at both gates, the corn signage throughout the ballpark and the corn facts shared during CornBelters games.  Plus, our fans can even purchase $1 ears of roasted corn throughout our games!  Without question, we have one of the most unique themes in all of professional sports.  More importantly, it is a win, win for everyone involved (Illinois corn farmers, ICMB, our fans and us)!

If you have yet to catch a CornBelters game this season, there is no better time to do so!  As usual, we have some fantastic promotions scheduled for this home stand…

Wednesday, August 7 – “Dog Night / Meijer Wednesday / Web Wednesday

Thursday, August 8 – “Miller Thirst Quenching Thursday

Friday, August 9 – “CEFCU Fireworks Friday / Facebook Friday / Salute to Armed Forces

To purchase tickets, simply visit the Mid-Illini Credit Union Box Office at The Corn Crib, or call (309) 454-2255 (BALL), during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.).  You can also purchase tickets on-line anytime at:  https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/team.asp?SponsorID=4098#.UbjDC_lQFid.

kylekregerKyle Kruger
Normal CornBelters


The Normal Cornbelters had an exhibition day yesterday for Education Day at the Corn Crib.  Children from all over Central Illinois came to the ball park where they had the chance to meet & greet Corny and players, play in the McDonald’s/Little Jewels Family Fun Zone, explore at the Children’s Discovery Museum activity station, complete ‘Belters Brainball educational worksheets and visit the petting zoo!

At the Children’s Discovery Museum station they showed the kids how to make corn goo!  If you’d like to make corn goo, you can find that recipe and more by clicking here.

corn goo


Minor league baseball is traditionally known for wacky, off-the-wall, outrageous promotions and events. In the case of the Normal CornBelters, this still holds true. This season you can expect to see Reggy the Purple Party Dude (the who?), sumo wrestling, giant ears of corn running, and of course phenomenal baseball. At the same time, the team is going a little “old school” this season in terms of marketing and creatively inviting fans to the ballpark.

The 2012 season is the beginning of the “CornBelters Community Crew” which is often called the “Street Team” as well. This team is led by Denny Mohrman, long-time CornBelters fan and former usher. Denny oversees the team on a daily basis and takes the crew out to various community events to spread awareness of the CornBelters and upcoming games and events.

This past weekend, the Crew attended Heyworth HeyDays and Ride for the Cure at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin. Be on the lookout for this crew because they will have special giveaways with them at all times! They most recently had vouchers to upcoming CornBelters games, so be sure to follow the team on Facebook (facebook.com/CornBelters) and Twitter (twitter.com/Normal_Baseball) in order to get awesome prizes from the Crew!

Andi Grindley
Public/Media/Community Relations Coordinator