|My little buddy keeping a close|
eye on the little girl on the GO Train
wearing a BoSox shirt and Hat.
I didn't trust her either buddy.
|I was as shocked as anyone that he sat on my knee for|
as long as he did. I guess we can add Cheese Puffs to
'Take me out to the Ballgame'
I remember taking the trip to my aunt and uncles in Mississauga for the weekend to take in the game. I was so excited! At that time I would have been 10 so I had played and followed baseball for a little while and had a pretty good grasp of the game and the players on the team. We were going to the Saturday game. I recall hoping that they would sit both Fred McGriff and Kelly Gruber the Friday night before the game we were going to. Those were my two favorite players on the team at the time so I wanted to assured they would be in the lineup when I was there. Fred McGriff because he was the “Crime Dog” and had that cool looking extended bow of a follow through after his swing. The first pack of O-Pee-Chee baseball cards that I bought (yep the ones with the rock hard and sharp piece of pink gum in them) had a Kelly Gruber card in it. My first pack, and it had a Blue Jay in it! Not only that but that Blue Jay was sporting one sweet flowing blond mullet. How can anyone compete with that, it was everything a young Blue Jays/baseball fan could ask for!
I remember We were on the third base line, just about even with the bag I believe and up in the 500 Level. Since none of us knew any better these were great seats! You could see everything. The game was exciting as I recall but as a kid at his first ball game it was going to be exciting no matter what. There were 2 distinct events that happened that game that I recall very well. Glenallen Hill leaping up over the fence to try to bring back a home run that was traveling over the wall for a home run and his glove falling off over the fence. The other was hearing the music play when the closer, Tom Henke, was entering the game.
This time around I was the more veteran ballgame go-er, even if it was only by a few games but I had the privilege of helping introduce live baseball to an older non-sports fan and at the same time hopefully help expose a new youngster to the fun and enjoyment of attending live sports events, even though the little guy that I was with was probably too young to retain much from the game itself, how it was played or what the rules are.
|Boston BP prior to the game|
We got to the game during the Red Sox batting practice so this was a good time to venture around the concourse and see some sights and take in the overall baseball experience. As one might imagine with a toddler nap time is key so before the game started and a couple of innings into the ballgame my little buddy enjoyed a quick power nap. The 4:07pm first pitch was both good and bad. It gave plenty of time to get to the stadium and see some things but it also meant that the game would not end until after 7:30pm. As anyone who has been around children for any amount of time ever, they tend to be up pretty early and that makes for a long day for everyone involved.
|Me and my second favorite management person at Rogers Centre next to Alex Anthopoulos. |
Great for a friend to take a minute to stop by and say hi
|Jamie Campbell and a very subdued suit that Greg Zaun was sporting on Blue Jays Central before the game.|
|Not the same as the|
old style tickets you used
to get at sporting events
Because of his age there was a bit of an issue with the volume in the stadium. Music and sound effects may have been a bit overwhelming at times. There was also the semi-unexpected presence of Toronto fans actually cheering a home team and actually being engaged with that team. Success is not something that a lot of Toronto sports fans are familiar with so to be in a stadium that was so engaged was a bit foreign. Other then that there were no major problems.
|These were our seats for the game...Just at the edge of the "B" in|
the Budweiser sign out in Left Center. No view of the video board
but had 2 TV screens to view the game on.
|Despite her best efforts to gain entry, just because your last name is Holder does not|
mean you can gain access to the stadium through the Season Holders entrance.
Hopefully he is able to take away the excitement from the fans in the stands, the music that was played throughout the game and just the overall atmosphere of being with a group of people gathered together with one common goal…To ROOT ROOT ROOT for the home team! Because as we all know, if they don’t win it’s a shame!