Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Without further ado, may I present the photo overload from our visit to Baylor Ballpark on Saturday afternoon?

Here's where I make a shocking confession: this was my first visit to Baylor Ballpark. I know, y'all -- the horror!

I blame it on the fact that I worked very closely with a certain MLB team for several years during which time I ate, breathed and slept baseball. This caused me to take a bit of a hiatus from the sport but I'm now back on board with America's favorite pastime. 

My precious child was really excited about going until we got there. Approximately 4.5 pitches into the game she asked if we could leave. It was delightful, I tell you. 

After a brief time of poutiness, she perked up with a Dr. Pepper and a hot dog. Nothing like ballpark fare to bring one back to the bright side, huh?

It was an absolutely beautiful day...

...patriotic, if you will...

...and though it doesn't look like many folks were in attendance from this photo, there was a good crowd. Most of whom chose the third base side so as to avoid direct sunlight. A smart group. Obviously.

This fellow cracked me up. Got to love a baseball player who isn't afraid to get dirty. The girl - always one who thinks in black and white - inquired REPEATEDLY about "why have white uniforms when you know from the get go that they're going to get dirty?" Yeah, you try explaining that to her...

It was a lot of fun to watch the players exhibit their various moves and stances. Made me remember why I used to love baseball so much :-)

And the various stances while on base crack me up as well.

Carl (aka our camera) managed to get a good action shot of the pitcher. Unfortunately he also captured some Tech players. I was really trying to avoid giving them any face time. :-)

Coach Smith talking it over with the pitcher. The pitcher who was in a bit of a bind, if you will.

My very favorite thing about baseball is that each player gets to pick out his own song. Said song is then played when he has an at-bat. The songs are, literally, what capture my attention the most. Yes, I realize how sad that sounds. No, it doesn't bother me at all.

Anyway, the catcher - Josh Ludy - had to be our favorite because he chose good ol' Johnny Cash. He was an instant hit with our little fam due to that pick. He also hit the game winning RBI after we had a bit of a collapse and somehow ended up with a tie game after leading 12-3 when we left during the sixth inning. It was unfortunate but they pulled it out in the end. 

I will have you know there were no Corn Nuts, peanuts or sunflower seeds involved in this visit to the ballpark. Seems almost unfathomable, doesn't it? I can assure you we made up for it the next night (at the NCAA first round game) when I stocked up on both popcorn AND peanuts.

Can you say water retention? And diuretic? 

I certainly did!