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The First Signs of Fall

It is only August, but I am already seeing some early signs of fall, my favorite season of the year.  The evenings are getting cooler, the leaves are starting to fall, the kids are, for the most part, back in school.  College football starts this weekend, and the NFL a week later.

Major League Baseball is starting to talk playoffs, with only a month left in the regular season.  Those of us that are Triple-A baseball fans know that the regular season ends in just a matter of days.

It still remains to be seen if my favorite minor-league team will make the playoffs–they are in a tight race for the wildcard spot. Either way, the last game of our 18-game season ticket package is tomorrow evening.

Gong in to the season, we were ecstatic about the great seats we were able to get this year.  We have field-level seats, on the aisle, directly behind home plate. The view is awesome!! :-)

Unfortunately, we couldn’t foresee the two ladies (also season ticket holders) behind us, who complained about us the entire game, every game, loudly, until we would get so annoyed that we got up and left our seats.  Apparently, my 6’3″ husband is “uncourteous” for sitting in front of these much shorter ladies, even though he slides down as far as he can in his seat so his knees are pressed against the seat in front of him.

Because of how uncomfortable this is for hubby (and the fact that he is afraid I am going to tell them off one day), we end up walking around throughout the game most days.  We have gotten some great pictures from around the stadium.

About two weeks ago, we decided to ignore the people behind us.  We paid for our seats, and we were using them! :-)

We got to our section, and immediately realized that our usually usher wasn’t there, with a late-teen girl there in his place.  We looked down the aisle, and saw that there were two ladies, likely in their mid-fifties, in our seats.  The young usher nicely asked them to move, but didn’t ask for their tickets.

The two ladies in our seats moved down two the two empty seats next to ours.  We didn’t think much of it, just figured that they wanted to sit closer to the aisle.  We laughed and said no when the people behind us told us we needed to be sitting further in so we didn’t block their view, and watched the start of the game.

Half an inning into the game, the people who were supposed to be sitting in the seats next to ours showed up.  The people who had been in our seats moved again, this time to seats a few rows in front of us.

A few minutes later, they were forced to move again.  Each time they had to move, they would laugh, looking back at the usher, almost daring her to come ask for their tickets.  By the end of the fourth inning, they had been forced to move seven times!

Seven!

We got a kick out of it.  Shockingly, the people behind us did not.  Eventually, they found seats that they were able to stay in the rest of the game.  Several others even came and joined them.  We could see them describing their game of musical chairs, and the rest of the group got a good laugh.

We were amused by how much fun they were having, just going from seat to seat.  We knew, had the usual usher been there, they would have missed out on most of their fun.  More than anything, we were amused by the fact that they gave the ladies behind us something else to complain about–it was like they forgot hubby was even there! :-)

Oh, I almost forgot–our team won, too.  All in all, not a bad night! ;-)

Have you gone to any baseball games this summer? Do you have any fun (or not-so-fun) people-watching stories? Are you looking forward to the change of season, or are you clinging to the last remaining days of summer?

Yay For Spring Training!!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I am trying out some theme days for my blog.  Today, I am excited for my first Fun-in-the-Sun Friday! :-)

I have made no secret of the fact that I hate winter.  I am a spring and summer girl through and through.  Last week, I mentioned that my two favorite things about the warmer weather of spring and summer are beaches and baseball. (I bet you would have never guessed the first one from looking at my site!) ;-)

Spring Training is well under way in the warmer climates, something that I have been looking forward to since October.  :-)  Someone asked me a few days ago if I had always been a baseball fan.  In some ways, I have. In others, not so much.

I have always liked the Phillies, but I haven’t always been an avid baseball fan. I followed the team, but I didn’t watch a lot of televised games.  Still, even before my baseball craze took over, I always loved going to the games.

I love pretty much everything about live professional baseball games:

  • The game and being able to see the determination and concentration on the players faces (Let’s be honest, the tight pants aren’t all bad, either. ;-) )
  • The passion of the fans (other than the obnoxious few).  I love watching them, making up little stories about their lives (sometimes the writer in me just can’t be silenced). ;-)
  • The indulgent (unhealthy) food
  • The smell of the fresh-cut grass
  • The heat of the sun on my face
  • The joy on kids faces when a player tosses them a ball

The list goes on and on. :-) But, as much as I loved going to baseball games, I rarely got to more than one game every year or two until, about five years ago, Coca-Cola Park, a brand-new stadium, was built less than 5 miles from my house.  It was to be the home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the new Triple-A affiliate for the Philadelphia Philles.  With the games so close, we started going fairly regularly.

At first, I became more of a Pigs’ fan than a Phillies fan.  Then I noticed that players that I regularly rooted for we making their way up to the Phillies.  Occasionally, a Phillies player would come to rehab at Coca-Cola Park.  Suddenly, I found myself watching Phillies games on television whenever they were available. (A disagreement between Comcast and DirecTV means a lot of the games are blacked out in our area for DirecTV customers, even though we are only an hour from Philly.)

Over the first two seasons the Iron Pigs were in this area we found ourselves going to more and more games.  Soon, I was watching Red Sox games on TV with my husband (who has always been a huge baseball fan).  Before long, I started watching any game that was on–regardless of team.

So, to answer the original question, I have always liked baseball, but it is only in recent years that I could tell you the number of days until spring training started, or the first preseason game (1, unless you count the game against Florida State the Phillies played on Wednesday), or until Opening Day (34 for both the Phillies and the  Pigs–and yes, I already have my Pigs tickets), or the number of days until the first game of my 18-game season ticket plan (43).

Are you a baseball fan?  What is your favorite team?  Have you been a fan as long as you can remember, or did something else get you interested?  For those of you who are not baseball fans, what is your favorite sport?

 

The Dancing Dirt Dudes have added another thing
to love about baseball in the Leigh Valley :-D

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