Before this year’s summer season comes to aclose, I should better tell you about the time The Husband and I took part in America’s favorite pastime: baseball.
Yes, The Husband took me out to the ballgame, a Texas Ranger vs New York Yankees game at that (the New York Yankees are a pretty famous team eh?), as that famous song went. Check it out, in case you’ve never heard the song.
We were actually lucky as we got tickets relatively near the baseball diamond. The players weren’t tiny ants in plainsight, so we didn’t need any binoculars to see all the action from our seats. But errrrm, not that there was a LOT of action.
After the pre-game festivities, which included honoring Derek Jeter, retiring New York Yankees short stop by former President George W. Bush no less (We actually saw an American president in person!), I realized and understood why baseball is called a pastime. The game is sooooo slow paced that you can keep tabs on what is happening, while chit chatting with your game day companions and scarfing down classic ballpark snacks (which are ultra expensive by the way). We spent a total of five hours to catch the game: little over three hours of game time plus 2 more, considering travel time to and from the ballpark in Arlington.
Anyways, if you’d get the chance to catch baseball games here in the US, here are some hopefully useful tips for your better enjoyment:
- Bring someone whose company you really, really, really enjoy…someone you’d be willing to spend at least 3 hours with. Or if you end up with someone whose company you don’t appreciate, just make sure you bring a car, so that you could escape in the middle of the 3rd inning?
- If you are on a budget, eat dinner outside the ballpark prior the ballgame OR bring your own snacks. But it would be nice to revel in the entire ballpark experience with a bag of peanuts or an all -American hotdawg.
- Check the weather forecast. If it is warm, bring a fan or accept those freebies they give away. If there is a bit of rain looming in the forecast, bring an umbrella.
- If the game gets rained out, check the stadium’s rainout policy. If watching at the Texas Rangers’ ballpark, you can still catch the rescheduled game without getting a new ticket or get a refund IF you live more than 150 miles away.
Get your tickets before this year’s season ends!
Oh, one thing about baseball I do find strange: only North American MLB teams are part of the annual championship called the “World Series”. Uhmmmm…what world?
Maybe they should call it the “American World Series” instead. Don’t you think so?