Monday, June 07, 2004

Sports: Baseball in the Heartland


Baseball is a very appealing idea. One would assume that going to the ballpark will bring fun and entertainment. With all the "peanuts and cracker jacks", a person believes that they are part of something very American and nostalgic in nature. However, if you are at all like me, that person will soon realize, "Whoa! Baseball is a long game with swing after swing. Catch after catch." Even though it may sound like I am not an advocate of America's past time, I actually had a good time when I recently attended an Iowa Cubs baseball game in Des Moines. My pleasure came not from the pitches and base sliding, but rather the company and the snacks. The day was sunny and I have the sunburn to prove it. Will I go to another baseball game in the future? Probably. I can't resist the venders yelling or the passion that comes with professional sports even if I am burned and full by the end of it.  Posted by Hello

6 comments:

Scott said...

I love baseball. One of the best things to do on a summer night. I just wish the Twins would build an outdoor stadium (at no expense to me, thank you very much Gov. Pawlenty). They'll get my money... when I buy season tickets!

Amanda said...

Baseball is a very long game. Perhaps there should be only five innings. I mean, nine is a bit ridiculous isn't it? Basketball and Football- only four; Hockey- only three... what makes baseball so great that it gets nine innings. And there is not time limit. I like a sport with a time limit.

But, if given the opportunity to sit in the sun with good friends and cold beer, I would be there without hesitation!

Reddig said...

You can't go wrong with a nice Dome dog and malt cup. That is the highlight for me at baseball games.

Anonymous said...

Baseball is really the only sporting event where an entire crowd can move "the wave" uninterrupted around the stadium multiple times, sometimes for minutes on end. In every other sport: hockey, soccer, football, basketball, there is some exciting play to watch which will cause the fans to forget about the wave just long enough for it to die. Not so in baseball. With the warm-up after each half-inning, the batter tapping his cleats and readying his stance, the pitcher scratching himself, the seemingly unending stream of foul balls, there is plenty of time for the fans to follow along with the wave. Even the baseball fanatics who keep score during the game have time to follow. So I say thank you to baseball for providing and sustaining the wave. I hope everyone will go out and participate in it. Just don't spill your beer

Amy said...
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Amy said...

I think that I've realized that I can only enjoy sports games when they involve intense social drama. For example, the only Twins games I ever enjoyed was the "Dollar Dog Day" at the Metrodome - they were playing against the Yankees. Normally nice Minnesotans took out their years of pent-up sports frustrations on Chuck Knoblauch by tossing thousands of Dollar Dogs at him when he was on the field - pushing the game to the verge of forfeiture. The drama was exhilarating. I numb to statistics, am mildly interested in talent, and sometimes feel a vague sort of guilt that I am not more interested in knowing the rules of the game. But give me a fight between a man wearing purple and a man wearing a block of cheese and I am riveted.