This Is Where I Might Lose Some Of You…Posted: April 4, 2012
Just like the title of this post says, this is where I might lose some of you. If you don’t care about baseball or going to baseball games, you might want to just skip this one. 🙂
You may or may not know that I am a little bit of a Red Sox fan. Well, honestly, I’m a die-hard member of Red Sox nation! It’s something that you’re born into or (in my case) married into. I’ll give you a little history here to catch you up to speed. Pro sports were never something that I cared much about. In college, I became a Ravens fan due to the fact that I lived in Baltimore and got into them the year that they won the Superbowl. I’ve been a fan ever since, and have gone to many games and love to support my team during football season. However, my love for baseball and the Red Sox is far more intense than it is for football and the Ravens.
I went to baseball games often when I was growing up. My dad liked to take me to Memorial Stadium and later to Camden Yards to see the Orioles play. This was back in the Cal Ripken era, when the O’s had a pretty exciting team. I was never really into the game though- I just liked going for the atmosphere and the food. I’d usually get really bored by the 5th inning or so and want to go home. In college, some of my friends and were lemonade girls at Camden Yards, which was really fun, but we never paid attention to the game (unless Brady Anderson was at bat- then we paid attention). Fast forward to 2007 when I met Greg. Shortly after we started dating, we took a trip to Boston with a big group of friends. During that trip, Greg took me to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. It was pretty much love at first sight- I was totally in love with this team! I got to know all of the players and we saw games when they would come to Baltimore and also fly up to Boston for a few each year. I have to admit- it was pretty easy to turn into a Sox fan in 2007, because they won the World Series (and yes, we watched every single game).
The Red Sox may not have been playing quite as well for the last year or two, but my love and loyalty for them is just something kind of special that Greg and I share. Many of my friends thinks it’s nuts or that baseball is totally boring, but I love it. I get so excited when the season starts up each spring, which is what is going on right now!
We found out a couple of months ago that the Red Sox would be playing their last spring training game against the Nationals in DC. Of course, Greg and I jumped on those tickets right away! We also got 2 tickets for my friend Megan, who was born into Red Sox nation, and her nephew Hunter. I know that the game didn’t “count” for anything, but it was still cool to see them play in DC, regardless. (They are in different leagues and don’t play against each other in the regular season, except for an interleague game every few years.)
Nats Park is pretty new, and a really nice stadium in general. Although the team is pretty lousy, they have a nice fan base, which is always nice to see. However, as it is with any Red Sox game I’ve ever been to around the country, there seemed to be more Sox fans than there were for the home team. The Nationals have a mascot named “Screech” – a bald eagle. They also have four additional mascots: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. These guys are the BEST. I immediately spotted Jefferson when we got into the park (how could you miss that big head?) and posed for a photo.
I was wearing my Dustin Pedroia jersey yesterday, which is one of about 100 Red Sox jerseys, shirts and sweatshirts that I own (which borders on being ridiculous).
I also like to accessorize for games with earrings
my “Believe in the Nation” wristband
and my favorite, my bling bling necklace.
I bet you’re impressed by how awesome I am, huh?
The weather was absolutely perfect- sunny and warm, but not too hot. Sitting in the sun baking during a game can be pretty miserable, and I’ve done that for many summer games.
We went and got some food before the game started. Nationals Park has pretty decent options as far as ballparks go, and some local restaurants are represented. I decided on a black-bean veggie burger that was actually pretty decent, and was supposedly made “in-house.”
The bun completely fell apart (which was stale and tasteless anyway), but the guy gave me extra lettuce and tomato, so I can’t complain.
Greg got a bratwurst, fully loaded with peppers, onions and sauerkraut
The thing that made us happiest of all? Sam Adams Summer Ale on tap!
The game was actually really great- the Red Sox were way ahead in the beginning, and then the Nats came back to tie it up. It’s always more fun when it’s close!
There’s my favorite player, Kevin Youkilis. When he comes up to bat everyone yells “Yoooooooouuuuuk.” Many people that haven’t seen the Sox play live mistake this chant as booing.
My absolute favorite part of any Nationals home game is hands down, the Racing Presidents.
It’s totally predictable and cheesy but I LOVE IT.
George was the winner today- and you can see that Teddy got distracted by a juggler. 🙂
I always, always root for Abe. 🙂
The Red Sox ended up winning by one point, and it was a really exciting ending to the game. We had a great time, and it was wonderful to hang out with my friend Megan.
Baseball is BACK IN SEASON, my friends.
Are you a sports nut? Who’s your favorite team? Do you like going to games even if you’re not “into” sports?