When my parents realized this fascination with baseball was not going anywhere, they decided to plan our family vacations around baseball parks. I am so thankful to have been to some of the most iconic baseball stadiums in the country. In honor of the Seventh Inning Stretch, today I'm sharing seven of my most memorable baseball moments.
In no particular order...
1. I am so incredibly thankful to have been to Wrigley Field. It is truly legendary! If you're a longtime baseball fan, or had WGN growing up like me, then you know it was a long standing tradition for Emmy award announcer, Harry Caray, to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch of the Chicago Cubs games. Being there and participating in that was something I will never forget!
2. My parents also made it a tradition, the years that we lived in the DFW area, to take me to Opening Day for the Texas Ranger's baseball season. Fun fact, my parents were at the FIRST EVER Texas Ranger Game in 1972 at Turnpike Stadium. In fact, my Dad's ticket stub was on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for a while. One year, probably in the early 1990’s, President George H.W. Bush was there to throw out the first pitch. Unfortunately around that same time, a lady in a section next to us, had a little too much to drink and tossed her cookies…all over the presidential limo that was waiting below the bleachers she was sitting in. This has absolutely nothing to do with baseball, but something I will always remember. Hey, I didn't say these were going to be good memories. I didn't take this picture, but I'm George's pitch went something like this...
3. The summer before my sophomore year, my parents took me back to school shopping on Rodeo Drive and to Dodger Stadium. #OnlyChildProbs We just happen to be at Dodger Stadium when "children" could run the bases before the game started. Y'all, I didn't care that the day before I was trying to be all California cool on Rodeo Drive, I made my way to the field and ran those bases like I had just got a hit off of Orel Hershiser. I mean, how many opportunities do you get like that?
4. My husband totally surprised me one Friday night in 2012 and bought us tickets to the Wild Card game against the Baltimore Orioles. We had some of the best seats I have ever had at a Ranger game. It was incredible. I never understood exactly what it meant when the announcer on TV said the crowd is electric, until that night. The atmosphere in that stadium was off the charts. We ended up loosing the game and ending our season, but what an experience it was! And, I just happened to run into a few of my favorite cousins!
5. October 2011 was such a good time in our life. We had just welcomed our first son into our family, and the Rangers were in the World Series. And then...game six happened. It's still so raw. I can't even. Just google it.
Poor little, Jess, just two weeks old and was about to hear his Dad yell like no newborn should...
Little sister, Jentry, sported the same onsie a few years later...with a bow the size of Texas!
6. Steve Buechele! I wouldn't consider myself an overly compassionate person, but my little, eight year old heart broke into a million pieces when this batter named Steve Buechele got up to bat because the whole stadium "booed" him. Why? What had he done to tick off Texas? My Dad explained to me that his name was pronounced Boo-shell, so people chanting "Booooo" were really just cheering him on. From that day on, I became the loudest "Boo-er" out there. We were even at a game when he got hit by a pitch and charged the mound. That was fun! I went to a baseball card show (I told you I was obsessed) a few months later and I got to meet the one and only Steve Buechele. He quickly became one of my favorite Rangers ever! I'm not exaggerating when I say I cried the whole, entire day when he was traded to the Pirates.
7. I've been a part of baseball history a few times; A triple play is rare in baseball, but I was fortunate enough to see one in 1991 in the amazing Houston Astrodome against the Los Angeles Dodgers, involving legendary "Darr-yl" (insert the crowd chanting), Darryl Strawberry.
Again, on August 17, 1990 in the second game of a doubleheader (and yep, we stayed for both games), White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk broke Johnny Bench's career home run record for catchers by hitting his 328th longball as a catcher. That same night former Texas Rangers, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins were inducted into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.
I do love my home team, but oddly enough I am also an Angles fan (except Mike Scioscia). I LOVE me some Boston Red Sox and vow to get to Fenway one day soon. Apparently, for the first time ever I am going to be an Indians fan, because that's where my boy NAP-O-LI went. On the National League side, I respect the Cardinals, and always "Root, root, root for the Cubbies!" As much as I want to see the Rangers win it all in 2016 finally, I love to see a good, strong ball club compete. I am ready for some baseball in this house!
So, as boring as baseball is, how many of you finished this post...maybe ten of you. If so, who are you cheering for this year?
Today I am linking up with Angels fan, Elizabeth, over at Chasin' Mason for Hooray, It's Opening Day!