14 May 2011

Baseball Been Berry Berry Good To Me

Tonight, I went to a baseball game for the first time in years.  It was in the company of my darling Wee Lass and her mother.  The featured match up was the Bowie Baysox (a double-A farm team for the Baltimore Orioles) versus the Akron Aeros. Her Royal Cuteness had received a free ticket for participation in a reading excellence program at her school.

I lost interest in baseball back during the '96 ALCS Playoffs, when the hated Yankees beat the O's (damn that kid and his interference!) and that sort of broke my (admittedly) lukewarm sports fan heart.  The Wee Lass really wanted to go to this game, and who was I to say no?  We snagged two more tickets and made an evening of it.  Good times were had by all.

It was minor league, and I was prepared to be underwhelmed, but something wonderful happened.  I found myself explaining to Wee Lass how the game worked, the meaning of 'bunt', and how to steal a base.  No one will ever confuse me with an expert on baseball, but it felt good to explain things to someone curious to learn.  I felt as if I actually knew something.  I relaxed into the Now.

We chatted, we goofed off, we laughed.  Things felt right...I can only describe the time with my daughter as contentment.   This is a rare state even in the best of times.  There were no corn fields from which the ghosts or spirits would amble, to teach me a life lesson.  In its own humble way, however, it was a field of dreams.


  1. That's awesome. We have a minor league here, and the games are just plain fun. I'm glad you and the Wee Lass had such a good time.

  2. Locally, I like our minor league better than our major! But even in the best of times, I will never be anything more than a lukewarm baseball fan.

  3. Irish! that was awesome!!! So glad you had that experience with Wee Lass...those moments are precious and I know that you truly enjoyed it. Much love dear friend.

  4. There is really nothing better than minor league baseball. We have a farm team here as well. Well, the World Series is better and especially when you are a Rangers fan and they are in it...which OMG who saw that coming??? But it's a great sport to share with kids and such a relaxing atmosphere. Glad you enjoyed it friend.

  5. I grew up loving baseball, and stopped caring about the same time you did. What got me going again was taking my son to the local farm team games several years ago. They're a blast.

    I think I'm going to one this week.

    Love baseball.

  6. "In its own humble way, however, it was a field of dreams."

    My field of dreams is not a baseball field but rather a chess board. haha. I'm not a fan of baseball yet I adore and played chess since I was a kid. And every time I see a chess board, it reminds me of the memories I have with my father and brothers while we played chess.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Peny@embroidery digitizing


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...