Thursday, May 7, 2015

Skywatch Friday

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.


  1. How fun. I've not been to a baseball game in years. How fun and you had a great time and took some fabulous shots.

    Have a blessed weekend too. ☺

  2. Yeah, I love major league baseball live but one can hardly afford it. My employer bought naming rights for the Drilers and so we get half price tickets so it is the biggest bargain in town. Of course the kid and wife will only go on fireworks nights and they bring their books and magazines to kill time until the fireworks start.
    The bonus of baseball is that it presents great opprortunities for taking photos such as you showed. Great capture as they say on getting the ball off the bat on the homerun.

    At work, our whole team is going to a daytime game on Monday. We do that every year and I love it.

  3. Great skys though I am sad to say I never went to a ball game when I visited the states.

  4. a game we don´t play in Sweden. The clouds enhances the colors of the field. :)

  5. It is great being retired! Wonderful images and sky captures! Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

  6. Great way to spend some time, as long as you enjoy yourself!

  7. Wonderful series of photos, and your header is stunning. :)