Joe and I love baseball. Like "going to Dodger Stadium while fully pregnant", "taking Jack to Grizzly games before he could hold his head up", kinda love baseball.
What is it about baseball that warms me so? The warmth of a familiar glove? The smell of fresh-cut grass? The crack of the bat and 30,000 fans going wild? The strategy? All of it.
Although we lived far from a major league team in Oakhurst, we went to AAA games in Fresno almost weekly. Jack had more foul and homerun balls by the time he was 5 months old than I had my whole life growing up. But, then we moved. No AAA ball around here.
We've been wanting to take the boys to a Dbacks game for awhile, but were waiting until they could enjoy it (ok, ok, we were waiting until WE could enjoy it!). Good friends of ours gave us tickets to the Faith and Family Night. We had such a good time; sort of. It started out pretty rough.
Once we got to the park, though, it was magical.
We got our seats and watched about 3 innings before they started to get restless. I took them to the top deck to check out the playground. Yes, I just said playground at a baseball stadium. When I was growing up, the only "playground" was hanging on the railings. This playground looked sweeeet. But, it was also very crowded. Right next door is the wiffle-ball batting field. That line was really long too. I didn't quite understand what was going on. Before I knew it, this very official-looking baseball player started to take all the kids in line to a back door. I followed, not knowing where my boys were going. It was a batting cage. And he is some big-shot pro player. AND he was giving THEM batting lessons. How cool is that?! I didn't get any pics because I didn't think to take my camera. I had no idea.
We went back to our seats, but the boys only lasted 2 innings this time. Off to explore we went.
We got onto the private level that has all the suites. That level is carpeted! With couches spread around. I am so old school where you have field level and nosebleed level. They had restaurants at this ballpark. Again, I'm used to having two choices for food. Hot dog or Dodger dog. They even had booster seats so the boys could see all the action on the field.
But, the best part was actually after the game. Being Faith and Family Night, there was a concert proceeding the game. And not just any concert, but Mercy Me. Helloooooo!
It's ironic. I waited until the boys were old enough so Joe and I could enjoy the game. Turns out, I had more fun watching the boys enjoy the park. Thanks Eileen and Melissa!