Friday July 7th, 2013
I woke up so excited! I could barely go to bed last night because I was so excited for today! Later tonight my family is going to a River Cats game! I have never been to a professional baseball game let alone a River Cats game before and I don’t know what to expect! My dad always talks about how much fun the games are because of the other fans that are there. He says it’s like one big family there all cheering for the same team! I cannot wait! I will write later tonight to tell you about my experience!
WOW! All I have to say is wow! I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a blast I had! I just want to know when the next game is so that we can go again! My dad was right, tonight I made so many friends and I really did feel like part of that baseball family. Any stranger at the park was willing to give high fives and start cheers with you. My favorite part was when the team would hit a home run and the whole stadium would erupt into noise. Everyone is there to have fun and make memories whether it was with their family, friends, or coworkers. I have never experienced such energy from so many people in one place!
There were so many things going on in addition to the players just playing ball. There were free handouts as we entered and after going through the gates one of the people that worked there approached my family and asked if we had wanted a free upgrade as part of a randomly selected promo that they run. My family got to sit in really good seats right behind home plate! We got there early before the game started and it was interesting to sit and people watch. I noticed that the fans ranged from all ages and types. There was not one “typical fan” type. I loved watching the parents with little children carrying their gloves in hopes of catching a foul ball. You could tell that the parents were trying to give their child the most memorable time possible whether it was snow cones, foam fingers, or a good old ballpark hot dog.
Before the game one thing that really hit me was the national anthem! It was awesome to see so many Americans stop what they are doing, come together, and honor their country that they are so proud of! In honor of stroke awareness they had a group of older stroke survivors sing the national anthem. It was touching to see a group like them give it all they could to honor America. They may not have been the best singers but the fans absolutely loved them and cheered them on because they were a part of their “baseball community.” When the game began there were so many fun things like a pop fly competition or a super ropes race with two couples or my personal favorite the T-shirt cannon! They threw a bunch of T-shirts out and sure enough my family caught one! We opened it up to look at the shirt and surprisingly there was a voucher for a free hotdog in there!
All of the concessions are a huge part of the game and something that unites all of the fans! Of course our family couldn’t leave the stadium without eating a hotdog in the ballpark and drinking an ice cold Coca-Cola. My parents told me about the times that their parents took them to games and they shared hotdogs and cokes together.
Some more in game activities included a race of these big heads representing Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan, and Gray Davis. My family and I even got to take a picture with them! But of course there was the classic seventh inning stretch where just about every fan in the stands stood up together to stretch out and participate in the famous dance that goes along with the song. It’s traditions like these that really make me appreciate baseball games.
I may not know the person sitting next to me yet we cheer the whole game together in hope that our team will bring home the win that night. After experiencing a game like this, I realized my dad was completely right about the baseball community. The only question I had was what would the game be like if the stadium was empty, no one was there, and no fans were cheering the team on? Would I still have the same experience of watching a baseball game or would it be completely different?