On the most recent episode of The Bridge Podcast with Justin Myers was joined by K.L. Wombacher, president and GM of the Hillsboro Hops.
Among the topics discussed included both of their experiences in minor league baseball, how to grow a fanbase, what the wackiest themed nights at the ballpark have been.
Wombacher talked about how the Hops strive to provide a great family environment because "baseball is the sport where your parents or grandparents take you to games." He wants kids to have a blast at the game so when they grow up with a love for the Hops, they'll instill that love of the team to their children.
We want to introduce people to baseball that haven't been to a baseball game before. We want to build future baseball fans...when we moved the team here we talked about creating a generational fanbase. We want to really start at the grass roots with kids coming out to games with their families. Inspiring these kids to develop a love for baseball, hopefully play and then 30, 40 years from now they're bringing their kids to a game.
You can hear them talk about that and more in the podcast below.
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