"Minor league ball has transformed from my day," says Ripken, who suited up for the Rochester Red Wings in the spring of 1981. "I played in Florida and North Carolina, too, and all three had older venues with natural wood charm," says the All Century Team infielder. "That's all different today." Case in point: Frontier Field, a $35 million, 17-year-old facility in the heart of downtown. "It's a wonderful place," notes the 1991 Home Run Derby winner, who cited its 13 restaurants. Head down the third base line to Red Osier and order up a pint of local beer from Rohrbach Brewing Company. Then, energize for the walk back with their recommended pairing – a hearty prime rib sandwich.
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