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Ballpark Visit: John Thurman Field / Modesto Nuts / 2

We visit John Thurman Field, home of the Modesto Nuts.Concessions
Thurman Field has a very good selection of food, snacks, beer and wine, probably larger than many California League teams. Ballpark fare includes a lobster sandwich, tri-tip, pulled BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, Angus hamburger, chicken wrap, sausage, salads (tri tip, chicken, lobster), garlic or chili cheese fries, foot-long corn dog, nachos, churros, chips, seeds, pretzels, nuts (of course), funnel cakes and hHawaiian shave ice.

In addition to the regular beers, Kona Longboard Lager is on tap at the Patio, and Harp Irish Ale and Guinness are available at a small stand behind home. McManis Family Vineyards has a small stand at the Patio as well.

Promotional nights include Thirsty Thursday ($1 beer), Fireworks Friday’s and Super Saturdays (special theme nights). Along the fence behind the grandstand are several attractions for kids, including a “mini ballpark” like the one in AT&T Park in San Francisco, and an inflated castle.

The small team store behind third base was brimming with Nuts gear, including authentic uniforms and hats, and a pretty good selection of souvenirs. The place was pretty busy — the team name seems to be a hit with kids. The team mascot is a walking Almond named Al.

With the ballpark improvements, large menu, “PlayBall” program, special nights and attractions for kids, the Modesto Nuts management team seems to be doing everything they can to make Thurman Field the place to be on game days.