At Home Plate, the bar and the batting cages aren't too far apart. Guzzling a few beers and trying to emerge victorious against the "superstar" pitching speed is a grand way to spend a lackadaisical afternoon (or a bender with your buddies). The cages, happy-hour deals and pitchers of beer are always cheap. The pub used to be the perfect jump-off spot for a double doozy of baseball and booze on Thursday nights, but with Thirsty Thursdays defunct and the Sidewinders moving to Reno, Nev., Home Plate is now flying solo. There's nothing wrong with that; just bring extra quarters.