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Official Review by Paul Baker, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The Brewster Whitecaps have been a member of the Cape Cod Baseball League since 1988. They originally played their home games at a field located at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. There was one problem with this field; it was located in neighboring Harwich, not Brewster. The solution: build a field within the town limits. The town of Brewster chose a site adjacent to the Stony Brook Elementary School, one of two elementary schools in the town. The Whitecaps have yet to win a league title at their new home to go with their one championship gained in 2000.
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Brewster Bayside Skippers operates a food truck at Whitecaps games. Their menu covers the basics, with hot dogs ($3), hamburgers ($4), sausage sandwiches ($5), and steak and cheese subs ($5) made to order for hungry baseball fans. The signature item here is the "Tommy Burger," a double cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato for $6. Twenty ounce bottles of Coca-Cola products are available for $2, and assorted ice cream treats are also offered. Candy, popcorn, and sunflower seeds are sold at an adjacent table. The menu isn't the most varied you will find, but the quality is decent.
The Whitecaps also operate a souvenir truck next to the food truck. They have a good selection of t-shirts, hats, and novelties.
As is the case at all Cape Cod League ballparks, there is little going on at a Whitecaps game to distract from the action on the field. Much of the noise and clutter present at most minor league ballparks just doesn't happen here. The PA is limited to upcoming batters, pitching changes and sponsor announcements. The Cape Cod League is a baseball purist's dream.
Stony Brook Field has a playground behind it, which is very fitting considering it is located at an elementary school. It gives kids who may be getting bored with the game somewhere to blow off steam. As with most Cape League games, a large part of the younger crowd spends their time chasing foul balls. If one lands near you, watch out for the oncoming horde.
Stony Brook Field has a variety of seating areas, depending on your preference. There are several sets of metal bleachers located on either baseline. If you are sitting in the infield, be prepared to look through fencing or netting. Beyond the dugouts are more bleachers, as well as an area with benches and picnic tables down the right field line. The best thing about these seats is that the fencing does not extend all the way down the line. If you choose to sit in this area, you can line up right along the field and enjoy a totally unobstructed view. Many fans choose to bring their own lawn chairs to the games and sit on a couple of hills located on either baseline. These seats offer a great view of the action, and some much-needed shade on a hot summer day.
Stony Brook Field is located next to the elementary school that shares its name. Within a mile is Route 6A, the main commercial area in Brewster. This is not a bustling downtown by any stretch of the imagination. Brewster is a small town with a population of under 10,000 year round residents, and is known for its golf resorts and spas. There are a few restaurants in the vicinity of Stony Brook Field, but not a whole lot of action in the area. Brewster is a laid back, quiet place to be, even in the summer.
Brewster usually ranks in the middle of the pack among Cape Cod League games in terms of attendance, averaging in the range of 1,100 fans per game. Crowds are much smaller in June than during the peak tourist months of July and August, so if you are looking to avoid the large crowds, come early in the season.
Fans at Whitecaps games mirror those elsewhere in the league, with a mix of locals, families, and tourists. Fans who come to the games generally have some sort of connection with the team, as house parents, boosters, or volunteers, so they are very knowledgeable and passionate about the action taking place on the field. It makes for a very enjoyable atmosphere.
Stony Brook Field is located adjacent to the elementary school that shares its name. The school is close to route 6A, the main drag in Brewster. If coming to Brewster from off the Cape, you will follow route 6 to route 137, and follow to Underpass Road (or "Underpants Road," as the Stony Brook students call it). The CERTA flex bus route travels up route 137, but it is a long walk to the ballpark. Driving is the preferred and most effective method for getting to Stony Brook Field.
There is ample parking at Stony Brook School, but some of the spots are a decent walk to the field. Once inside the ballpark, there are dirt paths that lead to the seating areas on the first base side of the field. Fans heading over to the third base side will walk in a grassy area. Fans with an unsteady gait should step carefully, as the ground can be uneven in spots. Resourceful fans looking for unique and shady vantage points will climb the hills on either side of the field to take in the action. Some fans will camp out on the hill behind the fence in center field.
There are bathrooms located atop the hill on the first base side in the elementary school.
As is the case with all Cape Cod League ballparks, there is no charge for admission at a Whitecaps game. The team asks for a suggested donation of $2, in exchange for which they give you a program and roster. Parking is also free. Some fans even bring in their own refreshments, making it possible to watch the highest level of collegiate baseball in the country without spending a single cent. If you choose to purchase food at the game, the prices are still very affordable.
The Brewster Whitecaps do not offer a whole lot of bells and whistles in their game day presentation. As is the case throughout the Cape League, the game is the focus here. The free program is a plus, as is the extensive 50/50 raffle which offers many prizes from sponsors in addition to the opportunity to take home half the money raised.
The Cape Cod League is considered by many to be the top collegiate summer league in the country. One out of every seven players in the major leagues today played in this league. While the ballparks may pale in comparison to the many new facilities that dot the landscape today, the atmosphere on the Cape is a wonderful experience reminiscent of the way things used to be. All the teams on the Cape are located within an hour of each other, making the Cape a ballpark chaser's nirvana. Add into the mix that historic Fenway Park is located less than a 90 minute drive from the most easterly team, and the potential is there for an epic road trip.
Member Review by megminard on Jun 24, 2016
A typical Cape Cod League venue where it's about the game and not all the other antics seen at minor league games.
It's the only Cape Cod League venue that had hat pins during my recent visit.
No lights are at this field causing all home games to start early (5pm).
If visiting Brewster, check out the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and take a hike across Wing's Island.
235 Underpass Rd
Brewster, MA 02631
239 Underpass Rd
Brewster, MA 02631
3488 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631
716 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631