September 30, 2011

America’s Pastime


When the Arizona Diamondbacks first stepped out in the MLB, CycleGuy went in with a few friends to share season tickets. We did that for a few years, heading to countless baseball games. Fast forward to parenthood and we’ve only been to a few games with BabyGirl. Then I was asked if I’d like to attend a Diamondbacks game as a guest of Smile Generation. Not having gone in a few years, and the Diamondbacks doing so well, and my friend CountessMo being a huge Giants fan it was the perfect convergence.

Admittedly, I’m not the biggest sports fan. I like watching them, but sometimes it’s hard to stay engaged. Sitting up close so I can see all the action really helps though! CycleGuy, while not a fanatic about sports he did play baseball in high school so there’s a connection for him.

For BabyGirl, it’s more about eating stadium food and watching all the silly antics of the mascot, the hotdog races and the costumed giant players. Stadium food sure has improved over the years, too! Sure, you can get a ‘your team’ dog. I say ‘your team’ because every stadium has their own version – Dodger Dogs, Diamond Dogs, you know what I mean. But now there are many of the major fast food franchises throughout the stadium. It’s more familiar to people, I guess.

The night before we went, the Diamondbacks clinched the National League West so there was an unveiling of the banner. That was very exciting because the stadium erupted when it was displayed. And even though we were sitting among a number of San Francisco Giant’s fans, there was still a lot of pride in the home team.

For BabyGirl, it was less about the ballgame and more about just hanging out with her daddy eating Panda Express and drinking an Icee. Much to CountessMo’s dismay, the Diamondbacks took an early lead and it stayed that way. To divert her attention we walked around the concourse comparing AT&T Park to Chase Field. I think Chase Field won in the air conditioning department, because even though it was 107 outside it was a cool 70-something.

And to punctuate the evening as one to remember, shortly after the 7th-inning stretch the power went out in the stadium. You’d think it would be pandemonium, but most people just hung out chatting and trying to find someone who had the game on radio to find out more of what happened. So while the ops folks worked behind the scenes, I guess the teams took a rest too. The major part of the delay was due to how the lights work. Unlike in our homes when the power comes back on the lights do too, at the stadium the lights are on a delay and won’t come back on for a set period of time. It could have been scary but, with so many people on their phones or other electronic devices there was still quite a bit of light.

Now the Diamondbacks are headed to the Championship Series, on their way to what could be their second World Series. There’s just something about spending family time at the ballpark.




Disclosure: My attendance at the game was underwritten by Smile Generation, an official sponsor of the Arizona Diamondbacks. All opinions and thoughts are my own. No third party reviewed or edited this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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