Baseball – Mixed Emotions

Apr 13, 2009

It was one of those weird days in baseball for me.  I was saddened to hear of the passing of Harry Kalas.  Having lived just outside of Philly from sixth grade to graduation I had the good fortune of listening to plenty of Harry Kalas’ broadcasts.  It won’t be the same without him.  I was surprised upon hearing that Mark “the Bird” Fidrych died as well.  While I did not have the opportunity to watch the Bird pitch, it’s always sad when one of the games characters is taken from us.

Despite the sadness, today was a great baseball day for me.  No, my fantasy team did not dominate.  Honestly, I haven’t even checked my teams yet.  No, today was a great baseball day because I was able to share the wonderful game with my son for the first time.  I have been hesitant to take him to a game because he can be quite a challenge at times.  I have had to leave the movie theatre with him because I couldn’t get him to stop talking.  Baseball is different though.  You can talk.  You can even yell when the time is right.  I went in hoping to make it through three Innings.  We lasted five.  He wanted to stay longer, but I knew that he would be getting tired soon and wouldn’t be able to control the urge to get in trouble.  Jason Kubel hit the first HR.  I introduced him to Cracker Jacks.  He was reluctant at first until I reminded him they are mentioned in the Take Me Out to the Ballgame song.  He had a Dome Dog.  He had his moments, but the people around me were great.  They’ve all been there before.  Perhaps later this year we’ll go to a Sunday game.  The Twins allow kids to run the bases after the game.  Now that, he’d love.  Of course I can see him not making the turn at second and going right into Centerfield, but that’s my boy.  He marches to his own beat. 

A special thanks to my cousin Noelle who gave me the tickets.  Sadly the Twins lost, but my son won’t remember that.

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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Joe Zwierzynski
    April 14th, 2009 at 4:15 am #

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing the experience.

  2. CK0712
    April 14th, 2009 at 4:45 am #

    AWESOME!!

  3. LestersLegends
    April 14th, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    Thanks Joe.
    CK – It was cool.

  4. CK0712
    April 14th, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    like i said , 2 generations of “lester’s”. now you just have to teach him all you know & the legend will carry on!!

    he’s fricken adorable in that picture :) i love crackerjacks too, did he get a good prize? lol

  5. BDJP
    April 14th, 2009 at 6:35 am #

    What a great post. Little Dog lasting 5!

  6. LestersLegends
    April 14th, 2009 at 6:59 am #

    no prizes. they come in bags at the game
    BDJP – thanks. Yep, he was MAD we left, but I knew it was time for him to go.

  7. David Funk
    April 14th, 2009 at 8:29 am #

    Excellent post, and thanks for sharing.

  8. LestersLegends
    April 14th, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks David.

  9. Mom and Heath
    April 14th, 2009 at 10:32 am #

    Ryan, Heath and I both loved the article. Now, I have to try and get a copy for myself. EVRYONE LOVES RYAN!!! is going to the next level, Love Mom, Dad and your son

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