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Project 365, Day 44 - Go Giants!


Day 44 - Go Giants!, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

Today we participated in one of the traditional "American" passtimes - we went to a baseball game. Here is Connor, cheering for the Giants. Unfortunately for him, and all the other home-team fans, they lost. I was happy though, as I was rooting for the White Sox. It was an exciting game, though, and the score was close until quite near the end.

It was a fun day out. We took BART and Muni into San Francisco, and the weather was gorgeous (surprisingly, after the heatwave we had last week, I was chilly in the ballpark without a jacket. I'd forgotten about the wind in the City). Did you know that cotton candy comes in grape flavor now? (OMG yummy! Who knew)? I had a bit of a "WTF?" moment when they played "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch (when did that start?), but since they played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" afterwards, I guess it was all good. (But seriously, don't ever mess with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame").

We both ate too much sugary food, cheered a lot, and got just a bit sun- and windburned, but it was a great day. I even got the chance to yell "SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN" at a drunken idiot (at least I assume he was being an idiot because he was drunk; it's possible he's like that all the time, though. And, since of course it's just not a "proper" sporting event if you don't get to yell at someone who's being an idiot, I was quite satisfied with the opportunity). ;)

Even though I don't really follow baseball all that much (hardly at all, in fact), it's a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon, every once in a while. And Connor had fun, which always makes me happy.

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synergy
May. 19th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
baseball
I could never get into baseball/softball. I find it and golf and well probably tennis way too boring. I could barely stay awake if I was IN the game. lol I guess I just don't get it. I like games that move like basketball and soccer.
here_be_dragons
May. 19th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Re: baseball
I agree with you - in general, baseball moves WAY too slow, and is pretty boring. Certainly I won't watch it on television (except maybe the highlights during a news program). Going to games is fun, though, because there's all sorts of other stuff going on which makes it exciting. Plus, cotton candy. :D

I'm with you on games that move. I used to love watching hockey; now there's a game that moves FAST. In fact, it's the reason I don't like watching soccer; the first time I went to a live soccer game, I thought it was excruciatingly slow, compared to hockey. :D Even so, my very favorite sport to watch is football (American football, I mean), which doesn't move all that fast, but somehow the strategy of it is very interesting to me. Possibly I like it because I actually understand the game; when I was a kid, girls didn't watch football, and I think there's still a part of me that says, "Oh yeah! Well I know the rules, so THERE!" :D Of course, the fact that I like football still only means I watch maybe two or three games a season (and hardly ever an entire game start-to-finish).

Sports aren't really my thing, but they can be fun in small doses.

The other thought I had today at the game is that it is so much more fun when people care about their team, but not to the point of obsession. Obsession is what causes people to get out of control, and do and say really idiotic things. Also, the idea of going home from a game depressed or heartbroken for hours (or days) because your team didn't win . . . that's just sad. Get over it, and put all that emotion into something important, like, you know, politics.
synergy
May. 19th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: baseball
"The other thought I had today at the game is that it is so much more fun when people care about their team, but not to the point of obsession...the idea of going home from a game depressed or heartbroken for hours (or days) because your team didn't win . . . that's just sad."

That's how people around here are about the Spurs. It's really rather creepy to me. I used to like watching them back when I was in middle school and high school, but now I don't really get into it and the fans creep me out.
jan_can_too
May. 19th, 2008 11:06 am (UTC)
I am loving the photos. This one so perfectly captures the feeling of the ballpark! Yay!
kvratties
May. 19th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
1. Connor looks very loud there
2. I can see a resemblance to you! Usually, I can see K in him, but there - it is you*


*I suspect it is the side profile rather than because you yell a lot, but take it whichever way you prefer - tee hee :)
here_be_dragons
Jun. 20th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Loud? LOL you have no idea. (Well, maybe you do. Does A have a good set of lungs, yet)?

Also, probably the resemblance is based on the yelling, but I'll pretend otherwise. *giggles*

(And yes, today is my day to actually respond to comments and e-mails that have been languishing. Sorry this is so ridiculously belated). :)
hedwig_snowy
May. 19th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
"I had a bit of a "WTF?" moment when they played "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch"

You're still thinking pre-9/11. Just like flag pins, antenna flags, and flag/support the troops bumper stickers...they started playing that after 9/11. Guess the Star Spangled Banner at the beginning of games just isn't "We're gonna put a boot in their ass" (Toby Keith) enough for us 'Merikuns.

Well, Pac Bell is right on the water. Gonna be a bit windy even on nice days. Haven't been there. Have only seen them play at Candlestick.

No, it is ONLY a real game on bat days when you get to BONK a drunk idiot. Sheesh! ;)

Yes, that is how you can tell how laid back California fans are. Try going to Comiskey and rooting for the Giants. They don't even need it to be bat day.... LOL
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