Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

Ball Park Fun

On Friday night, we went to a baseball game.  It was so much fun since I absolutely love baseball.  It is my favorite sport.  I enjoy others but this one is special to me.  My dad has always liked it and made a point to take us and watch it on television, so I grew up to love the game.

Kirk, Ian, and I went with Dad and his sister.  It was supposed to be a Cub Scout outing, but our family was the only one able to make it.  There are still so many end of the school year activities going on that kept people from coming.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe five of us had a wonderful time, enjoyed cheering for the home team, and indulged in some yummy ball park treats — hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders and fries, soft serve ice cream, an ice cream sandwich, and a funnel cake.  (We each had a few of these items, not all of them.)  The food was great, the weather was perfect, and the game was a good one.

The best part was that our team won — 9 to 4!  YEAH team!!  The game was followed by fireworks.  These were set to music and the perfect ending to a great night.  Ian, who also had fun, fell asleep on the way home.

There are several sounds and things that happen during baseball that I really like — the crack of the bat hitting the ball, watching your team hit a home run (which they did), seeing the other team strike out, yelling and cheering for the runner to make it around the bases before an out is thrown and watching the umpire declare that runner safe, a player in the outfield catching a ball, the 7th inning stretch, and seeing the home team win.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis was Ian’s second game that we have taken him too.  He seemed to really enjoy it and was curious about all of the rules.  He had his tiger stuffed animal with him. Here they are posing for a photo.

My favorite major league team is the San Diego Padres and I hope to go to one of their games soon!  That too would be a blast.  We do, however, like having the minor league club close enough to be able to go.

Baseball means summer to me and fun with family.  Here is the chorus of the song that has been part of the 7th inning stretch for years:

  • Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd.
  • Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
  • I don’t care if I never get back.
  • Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
  • For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old ball game.

I cannot wait for the next game!  Just have to decide when and where!  Happy Monday.

September 26 – Best

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Best.  This is one of the best sunset pictures that I took two summers ago at the beach.  I love the colors, the ocean, the sand, and the reflection. Standing at this beach is one of my favorite places to watch a sunset.  I have probably taken hundreds, if not thousands, of photos there over my lifetime.  To me, it is the best place for a sunset.

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines best as “better than all others in quality or value” and “most skillful, talented, or successful.”  With that kind of definition, it means a lot be called the Best.  The Best in Show, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director, the Best recipe in a contest, a Best friend, my Sunday best, etc.  All of these titles are honors.

Last night, one of the best players in major league baseball played his last home game.  After a 20-year career, Derek Jeter finished an amazing game.  He will be missed by Yankee fans and all baseball fans.  It was refreshing to see his long-term loyalty to his team and his city.  The amazing Cal Ripkin and Tony Gwynn were also loyal to their teams for many years and the best at their game.

My favorite sport is baseball and my favorite team is the San Diego Padres.  Tony Gwynn was Mr. Padre for many years.  When he died earlier this year, it was very sad for baseball and that fine city.  He truly will be missed and was the best.

The best is also something my family discusses regularly. Each morning, I talk with Ian about doing his best at school and in all that he does.  I think that although he may make mistakes, it is still important for him to keeping trying and working hard. As he is getting older, he seems to understand that more and more.

Ian joined Cub Scouts this year and is loving it.  Their motto, which he has learned, is “Do Your Best.”  Great advice for the boys to hear and learn more about.  I also like that they learn about the importance of hard work, teamwork, and participation.  Our den and pack have been amazing blessings for us this year.

Here are a few quotes about Best:

  • “The best way to find yourself is lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  • “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • “Do what you love and give it your very best. Whether it’s baseball or business, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it.  Life is too short.  You’ll be an old man before you know it.” — Al Lopez
  • “I do the very best I know how — the best I can; and I mean to keep it up to the very end.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up.” — Mark Twain

May we do our best today and try our hardest!  Have a wonderful Friday!