Back when Chuck Van Robays was a youth baseball player in the 1980s and 1990s, finding an indoor batting cage to hit in during the winter was the equivalent to finding a diamond mine in the heart of the Midwest. When Van Robays and his friends finally did manage to find access to one indoor hitting cage, it was located in a manufacturing building they got access to through his friend's dad.
At the time, it was almost like discovering oil in the backyard.
“When we look back to our old (youth baseball) days, we had one cage up in his factory upstairs,” Van Robays said. “We thought it was the coolest thing in the world that we could go to a cage and hit.”