We focus on the paid and pre-paid (aka college) athletic squads each year. Do any of you have stories to tell about those getting paid, but far less? Local teams with rehabbing stars, or just small town traditions and gimmick nights?
Where I live, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes are a Single A affiliate of the Angels (used to be the Padres). They won the CA League title in '94 (with Derrick Lee, Matt Clement, and Raul Casanova as the big ones), Hideo Nomo pitched against them in one of his first USA games, they frequently have led their league in attendance (nice ballpark with views of the nearby mountains and valley). Many other MLBers have been on injury assignments (Erstad, Salmon, Colon, Edmonds, Rasmussen, et al) there, too.
I'm sure some of you have been to IHL (hockey), NBADL (basketball), or other such leagues.