Thursday, April 26, 2007

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Now, I am not a fan of watching sports on TV, but I love going to live events. Trent's boss kindly offered him 4 tickets to the Diamondbacks game yesterday. I told him, Yes, take them. Tucker had never been to a game before and we agreed it would be fun to take him. My Mom and Dad kindly agreed to take Charlotte for the evening and since Trent's mom has been out of town all week we decided to invite his dad to join us. By tne time we got all fed and ready, gassed up, Grandpa picked up, Charlotte dropped off, parked and in our seats it was about 7:15 and getting close to Tucker's 8:00 bed time. So I was not surprised when he was not so enthusiastic at first. He didn't seem the least bit impressed that we had seats just 3 rows behind the dugout! He had a sour face and when I asked him what was wrong he told me, "Baseball makes me mad. It's not fair." I asked him if he needed a treat, and he told me, "yeah, that's why I'm mad." After Grandpa, Trent, and Tucker returned to their seats bearing cotton candy, chocolate ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, nachos, and soda his whole outlook on baseball was much cheerier. I realized that Tucker had never tried cotton candy before and was eyeing it with a bit of suspicion. It was even funnier when he put some in his mouth and immediately removed it, his face in a state of confusion and disappointment. He is very affected by texture and would not give cotton candy a second chance. The rest of the ball game was really fun. Tucker enjoyed clapping when the crowd did and "whistling"(the highest pitched squeel known to man) when we all yelled and whooped. He ate a huge amount of peanuts and enjoyed trying to open the shells himself and told me that sometimes he liked to eat the "paper"on the peanuts and did I think that was silly?
It was quite an eventful first game for Tucker. A nice player from the Padres team tossed him a ball on his way back to the dugout! Tucker was delighted since Trent had told him to be ready to catch a ball with his hat if one came our way. The guy in the first row actually handed it to us since we weren't actually noticing the player trying to give it to Tucker, but it was great and he has been carrying it around all morning so far.
The game was pretty slow, but we were having a good time. Tucker even got on the Jumbotron when I had him standing on my lap bouncing around. The D-Backs were behind and sure to lose, but we weren't really in any hurry to leave like so many that left before the last inning. Sure enough at the bottom of the ninth one guy was walked onto first base and as the last D-backs batter was at full count, wouldn't you know it he hit a home run and won the game! It was a great finish!
As soon as the game was over and we got out of our seats Tucker asked if we were going to Nana's to pick up Charlotte. I told him yes and he said,"Good, cause I missed her so much." Is that too cute or what?
Well, with both the kids having big nights and staying up past heir usual bedtimes I thought it just might be possible that they would sleep in a little. Ha! They were both up by 6:30. As usual.


Emily said...

Great stuff!

Busy Bee Lauren said...

Tucker is so lucky! A baseball and the Jumbotron! Oh my. Personally I hate baseball games...they are so slow. I prefer watching them on TV haha

Macey said...

What a blast-I'm jealous! I have never made the jumbotron! Plus, I've never gone to a baseball game and gotten to eat EVERY baseball treat! What a fun game to go to-I watched the higlights on ESPN this morning.

Melanie M. McKinnon said...

I've never been a baseball fan myself, but i would like to take our future son to a game oneday. how fun!

Klin said...

My girls both had the same reaction to cotton candy. I laughed for a while just thinking about it. Can't keep them away from it now, though.

I love baseball live. It's boring on tv. (sorry Lauren)

Tori :) said...

How fun for Tucker!! Sounds like y'all had a great time. :)

Gina said...

This is an awesome account of Tucker's first experience at a baseball game! I love it!

I am sorry they didn't sleep in for you... one of these days that trick will work! I hope!