Take Me Out to The Ball Game
One of the benefits of retirement is being able to take in a weekday baseball game. The local minor league team plays several games in the first couple of months of the season that start at 11:00 a.m. They are typically played on Tuesday or Wednesday. These games are almost always promotions for various kids activities so the park is filled with youngsters. I think it's great and it's cheap entertainment. Recently my wife and I traveled to Dallas. Prior to departing I checked to see if the Rangers would be in town. Sure enough, they had a home game scheduled while we were there. I looked for two tickets down the right field line about 15-10 rows up. The two tickets and parking were going to cost just over $150. Today I spent $16 for parking and one ticket in the first row, behind the third base dugout. Cheap entertainment. On this day the local NWA Naturals hosted the Tulsa Drillers.
Every minor league team has their own special mascot. The Naturals seem to have three in costume. The one on the right is the primary mascot. The other two are supporting characters.
The managers and the umpires meet at home plate to discuss stuff and exchange line ups. Then it's time to Play Ball!
The second batter of the game for Tulsa got the scoring started with a solo home run. If you look closely you can see the ball coming off of the bat. As Kevin Costner said in "Bull Durham", "Anything traveling that far should have a stewardess." However, that would be the end of the scoring for the Drillers, until the ninth inning, on this day.
This has just got the be the best summer job ever! Who wouldn't want to be a bat boy/girl for the local minor league team.
I may have had one of the best seats in the house for $13, but who wouldn't want to join this party for only $8 per person.
All in all, it was a great day at the ball park. I got to see my local team and my home town team play. The home team won 7-2 and I got a few good Skywatch photos. I just doesn't get much better than that. Have a blessed week-end.