Monday, August 07, 2006

baseball

Summer almost got away from us without me having to sit through a dreadful 9 innings this year. But ALAS. Yesterday, Darren noticed that our minor league team, the Fort Worth Cats, was having KIDS NIGHT tonight. And so, along with our friends, the Carmans, we went.

"The only redeeming thing about a baseball game is the hot dogs," I groused as soon as we found our seats. One hot dog, way too many peanuts, 2 diet cokes and a Tums later, I must admit I was wrong about that. There were MANY redeeming factors tonight:

It was Dale and Kristi's 18th Anniversary, and while we were all aware of that, we were UNaware that Dani had secretly made her way to the announcer's booth and requested that they wish the Carman's a happy one. That is, until we heard their names come blasting over the speakers. That was cool.

As Darren chauffeured the boys to the bathroom, little 2-year-old Jonathan tagged along. Aidan put his arm around Jonathan's shoulder and walked with him like that all the way down the sidewalk. It was sweet to watch.

Toward the end of the game, we broke the sad news to the boys that there would be no "running of the bases" after tonight's game. For some reason, the announcers hadn't mentioned it at all throughout the whole night, so we assumed it must've been a last season thing and they weren't doing it anymore. Both boys cried, because they were SO looking forward to it. It's the one thing they remembered from last year's Cats game.

As soon as we won the game, we were treated to a fireworks show. I laid on my back across the bleacher and watched as the bombs burst in air directly above me. FANTASTIC. Suddenly, ash started raining down on me. It was kinda cool. Some of it was ashy and papery, but some of it felt like sand. And the smell of fireworks... totally love that. When the pelting of sand-ash finally started getting to me, I sat up and saw sweet little Faith in her Mommy's arms, looking up at the fireworks, TOTALLY mesmerized, with the biggest grin I've ever seen her wear stretched across her face. It was beautiful, and brought tears to my eyes.

After the fireworks, the lights came back up and... guess what?? The kids got to run the bases!! Aidan and Ian couldn't believe it. Dani and Katherine took Aidan, Ian and Kristopher to the first base line and ran with them. Aidan tore around the bases in his "super-fast mode". We cheered for all three boys as they rounded third toward home. It was so, so cool to see the pride on their faces as their parents hooted and hollared for them. LOVED that.

No photos. My batteries died as soon as we got there. What's up with THAT? I usually take precautions against such things.

On our way out of the park, we noticed a bunch of people peering through a crack between the grandstand seats and the empty underbelly of the stadium below. Down there, strewn about for some reason, were a half dozen tombstones. Engraved. One of the death dates was 1969. What on EARTH? It was bizarre, and I intend to write The Why Guy at Channel 8 to find out WHY. Kinda creepy, when you consider that the Cats play at historic LaGRAVE Field.

Hmmmmm.

So anyway. Baseball. Eh. It's alright, I guess. :)

2 comments:

Theona said...

Stacy, you crack me up. You remind me of "color" commentators at games. Never quite sure they were watching the actual game, but they sure make it a lot of fun from their perspective!

Besides baseball actually beats out basketball (did I say that?) and football beats out baseball (Go DOLPHINS!). LOVE FOOTBALL!

Colleen said...

We used to go to a lot of Colorado Rockies games when we lived there. My boys and I aren't big sports fans (I don't even know how the Rockies are doing this year. I lost interest when they started trading away all my favorite players.) It was more about being together. We would pack our softside cooler full of goodies like sandwiches, peanuts, and one of the boys' favorites, little box juices which I had frozen. We'd open them up across the top and eat them with grapefruit spoons; they made great slushies (and cheap.) I loved the atmosphere at the baseball games...so much more family oriented than at the Broncos games. Fewer drunks, less nasty language, lots more kids, and we didn't have to bundle up for the freezing weather, although we usually packed sunglasses and hats for protection til the sun went down, then sweatshirts or windbreakers for the cool night air. Watching the fountains when we made a home run, singing "Take me Out to the Ball Game" at the top of our lungs at the 7th inning stretch, finding the quickest way out of the stadium, the brisk walk back to the car with the cheering crowd. Ah...you brought back sweet memories of happy family times.