Monday, August 18, 2008

Hometown Fun

One of the things I really missed while living overseas was baseball. And unlike Diet Coke, Snickers bars and peanut butter, you can't partake in America's Pastime in Paris. Well, maybe if you have satellite television, but I prefer to see the game live. So when a friend offered me a seat in the 16th row just up from first base to watch the Minnesota Twins take on the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, I jumped at the chance. Between the cheering fans, hot dogs and beer, renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," and game-winning action at home plate, I'm not sure there's a better way to spend a weekend afternoon.

Well, actually, there is something that could have made it better: an outdoor stadium. We won't get ours up here in Minneapolis until 2010, and it's a bit rough to spend time indoors when the weather was as beautiful as it was on Saturday. But it was worth the sacrifice (pun intended) to see my first game of the season. And what a game it was! Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth, the Twins mustered up enough energy and skill to drive home Joe Mauer for the winning run. When the crowd goes wild, the jumbo-tron flashes "Twins Win!," and the players run out of the dugout in celebration, there's an energy in the stadium that just can't be beat.

For all those expats who miss baseball as much as I did, don't worry, it will still be here when you get back.


Greg Wesson said...

I have found most sports shown on TV pale in comparison to their live counterparts, but I have found that this is true more so in Baseball than any other sport. A baseball game on TV is a surefire way for me to fall asleep on the couch, yet I LOVE live baseball. I have enjoyed a number of live baseball games in both my hometown (Toronto) and in various places in the USA, and I have to say that it is an amazing game to catch live. I am privileged to say that I have seen the Cubs play at Wrigley, the Braves play in Atlanta, the Cardinals play in St. Louis and the Hanshin Tigers play in Osaka. A day at the ballpark is always worth it!

Glad to know that baseball is waiting for me once I make it back to North America.


Tanya said...

Hey Greg, I feel the same way about baseball: so, so much better live! American football is better on TV, though. Too loud in person. I like how with baseball you can just sit back and relax during the game and it's pretty calm until it goes crazy with a home run.