Monday, March 21, 2011

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Roger Dean Stadium Jupiter Florida
It is spring training for the boys of summer.  Mom loves baseball and we frequent ball games when she comes to town in the spring.  Today the Marlins were playing the Mets.
I love the handicapped seats.   Please don’t take me wrong I would love it if Mom didn't have MS and she were able to walk to her seat but since we have to use a wheelchair to take her distances handicapped seating is wonderful.  Great seat locations where there is one seat then a space the seat is for the caregiver and the space for the wheel chair.  We went to get tickets an hour before the game and got seating right behind home plate, which would not have happened if we were able to walk to our seats.
When we arrived at our seats we found our new friend for the day Joyce.  She was attending the game by herself and was happy to have us sitting next to her. 
There were 6,600+ people at the game.  Seems like a lot for spring training.  The girls told me some people are such big fans of baseball they will come to town for spring training and go to games every day.  The stadium in Jupiter is a few miles from our home and it is Spring Training home to the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinal’s.  Personally I can’t see what all the fuss is about.
It was a beautiful day for a game light breeze, intermittent clouds, and 80 degrees.  We did all the fun stuff baseball fans are supposed to do.  I got the girls a hotdog which they assured me tastes best at the ball field.  I decided to take their word for that.  The Marlins scored all their runs in the same inning, which was fun, we sang,” Take Me out to the Ballgame” which everyone seemed to know the lyrics to during the 7th inning stretch.
At the end of the game we waited for the push of foot traffic to leave the stadium while we said goodbye to Joyce.  That is when we noticed a commotion on the field.  A rapidly swelling group of little kids were allowed on the field to run the bases.  A moderator was on first base where the fun started they ran from first base to second, then to third where another moderator was waving the runner home, to cheers from everyone.  Well, this part was actually better than the game.  There were boys who totally got the concept of running the bases and ran with purpose, then there were little girls who  seemed to run so the boys would notice them, then there were the little kids running for the joy of running, most of them missed touching the bases but they seemed to be having the most fun.  One tiny kid took off running, he was too cute for words, his father ran around the bases video recording the tiny boy he was so proud of.  

If we had been walking we would have missed all the fun.  Mom, Joyce and I were laughing like we didn't have a care in the world.  The afternoon full of fun and laughter, the good old fashioned kind.

Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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