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"Rounding the Bases" with Aaron Boone

A celebration of America through baseball

By Aaron Boone, Dreams Tour Social Media Ambassador
July 2, 2014

Looks like this year's Principal Financial Dreams Tour is off to a great start. You know, The Principal has been doing events at minor league ballparks for over a decade. Since 2004 they've done over 450 events to celebrate local teams, entertain fans and provide information on how to plan for a secure financial future. That’s more events that any other baseball sponsor has ever done.

When you ask The Principal why they chose minor league ballparks, they’ll tell you they feel minor league teams and fans represent the best of towns and cities across America. Some say the local minor league team is "the front porch of the community, comfortable and welcoming to everyone in town."

Minor league ball clubs bring fans together in a great family environment to cheer on their hometown heroes and to build memories which are passed down from generation to generation. James Earl Jones had it right in "Field of Dreams" when he said, "The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball... It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again."

Of all the sports, baseball is America's game and The Principal believes it’s the heart of the America that lives in small towns and cities from coast to coast. While LA has its Dodgers and New York its Yankees, Toledo’s Mud Hens and Durham's Bulls generate the same kind of fan loyalty and enthusiasm as their major league counterparts.

It's great to see a company like The Principal supporting minor league baseball and by extension the businesses and people who make up its fans.

This summer's Principal Financial Dreams Tour specifically celebrates the men and women of our country's military. But in many ways the tour this year, and every year, celebrates America itself. So come on out to the ballpark and see the next generation of the MLB before they become stars and maybe legends. As the saying goes... "Play Ball!"

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Meet Aaron Boone — 2014 Dreams Tour Social Media Ambassador

Aaron Boone is a well known player, game analyst, media contributor and social media user.

His career in baseball included stints with the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros where he distinguished himself on the field and in the batter’s box.

For much of Boone's career, he was welcomed to the plate by his own fans with a loud "Booooooone." Although it sounded like fans were booing him, this was a play on his last name and was a positive cheer.

Aaron is an active personality in the baseball and sports communities who shares his insights through social media and his broadcast work with ESPN and Baseball Tonight.

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