Friday, June 8, 2012
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
This Saturday I will be taking the three visiting grandsons to Haymarket Park to watch the home town Saltdogs take on the Sioux City Explorers. The weather forecast is perfect -- 70 degrees at night. And (the big attraction) there will be FIREWORKS after the game! The boys have been rehearsing the song, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for the 7th inning stretch. This is the last hurrah before they boys' parents return from their anniversary cruise on Sunday night.
I've always been a baseball fan. We listened to the Minnesota Twins on WCCO radio when I was a kid. My brother and I could earn a "bye" from doing evening livestock chores if we would keep a play-by-play account of the game in a scorebook so Dad could see how the game progressed when he returned to the house after milking the cows and feeding the livestock. We once took a family trip to Minneapolis and saw the late great Harmon Killebrew win a game winning home run in the bottom of the 9th inning.
I also had the chance to play on the boys' 4-H softball team long before Little League allowed girls to play. Farmington Township was short on young boys, but there were plenty of young girls, so sisters (Farmington Farmerettes) were drafted to make out the roster so the Farmington Farmers could have a team.
My brother is still a true baseball fanatic. He has visited every major league and minor league ballpark in the country, and he goes on an annual baseball odyssey with his former college roommate. He has kept scorecards from every game he has attended since he was 11 years old. (Borderline OCD if you ask me, but he'd probably say the same about my fabric stash.)
Enjoy your weekend!
LeAnn aka pasqueflower