Today I had the most fabulous Mother’s Day ever because I spent it watching baseball. As I have mentioned before, I love and adore baseball! I just plain love the sport. My favorite professional team is the St. Louis Cardinals. I fell in love with the Cardinals soon after my family moved to St. Louis in 1981. Then, the 1982 season completely hooked me, particularly after our World Series win.
Getting to go to a game, to me, is a gift! I’ve never been a big fan of watching sports on T.V. or listening to them on the radio. I’ll do it, but I’d rather be at the game. My husband, who is a Brewers’ fan, and I generally try to go to at least one or two games a season. Last year, we went to none. Ginny was only one-year-old at the time and we couldn’t see her having the patience for staying for a whole game. We were looking forward to this season and looking for opportunities to see a game when one arose.
My parents moved to northern Florida nearly 17 years ago. They are also Cardinals fans; Mom having been one for the last 55+ years. Since moving to Florida, they have not had any opportunities to see the Cardinals in a live season game (they have gone to a couple of Spring Training games). Every time they have come up to visit my DH and me in the last 3 1/2 years, the Cardinals have either been out of town for a game or they have come outside of baseball season. This year, my parents decided to arrange a visit to see their granddaughters (I’m just a bonus, not the prime reason they visit. Ha ha.) around the baseball schedule. They were very sweet and tried to set up the visit so we could go to a Cardinals/Brewers game. Unfortunately, my husband has to work over those games so that wasn’t possible. Instead, they came up a week earlier for the Mother’s Day game we went to today.
It couldn’t have worked out better! I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend Mother’s Day than at a baseball game with my family! I was there not only with my girls but also my mom. How perfect is that? When buying the tickets, I had a coupon code that got me 50% off the price of tickets. I took advantage of that situation and used it to buy tickets behind home plate. The game would have been more perfect had the Cardinals won the game against the Colorado Rockies. We lost though, 8-2. Otherwise, the day was fabulous! The sun was shining, and the temps were comfortable to start. Our seats were perfect! I couldn’t have asked for better. The only issue was that the breeze was decidedly cool and by the end of the game, we were all feeling the chill. Had we been in the sun, I think we would have remained warm and finished the game. As it was, we were cool, and the girls were chilled so we left during the 8th inning. I noticed as we drove away from the stadium that the shaded parts of the stadium were practically empty while the parts of the stadium in the sun were still fairly full.
One thing I especially enjoyed was watching Ginny during the game. She danced whenever music came on. She clapped with the crowd. She even learned how to yell out “Charge” in all the right places. She had a blast!
All in all, I had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Maybe I’ll have to make going to a baseball game a new Mother’s Day tradition. Sounds like a fabulous idea to me! 🙂