Saturday, March 28, 2009

I think I have a minor league crush on minor league baseball ...

Until May of 2007, I'd never been to a Tacoma Rainiers game (or any other minor league game, for that matter). I had been in or around Tacoma for more than 12 years at the time, had even lived in Aberdeen for a bit while the Gulls were still there, and had still never been to a game.

And then ... I went.

It was May 2007. The Diva Daughter was in kindergarten. An age in which we began to realize the beginning of the end of our own agenda, the beginning of just how busy we were about to be with the lives and itineraries of our three little ones. The daughter's elementary school was selling tickets for a "let's all go to the Rainiers" school event ... and she wanted to go. And so we did.

And I liked it.

The small-scale venue, the fact that you could see the field, the smell of the grass, the taste of the hot dogs, the crowed ... the ... I just can't fully describe it. We took the neighbors. The kids cheered. I even cheered. The Boy declared his desire to become a batter someday ... and just last week he started his first T-ball practice. The Baby Girl, then 2, was an insta 2-year-old cheerleader ... jumping up and down on my lap and screaming "go Rainiers." They had fun watching for Rhubarb, and they danced between innings. The only complaint at the time was the Diva not liking the loud fireworks ... but we've been back a few times, and she's over that now.

And now, according to the calendar, it is Spring. As the rain poured down right on schedule for this morning's Junior Daffodil Parade in the Proctor District, it seemed hard to believe.

But the Baby Girl's preschool picked a baseball theme this year and she's been running around the house in her cap and long-sleeve tee singing "Take me out to the ballgame" ... and it got me thinking: When DOES baseball start? More to the point, when's the first Rainiers home game?

I NEEDED to know.

Turns out the first home game is coming up quick ... Friday, April 17 ... just three days after the Baby Girl turns 4. Guess who now wants a baseball themed birthday party? A baseball cake. To go to the baseball game. Baby Girl.

And you know what? I'm excited! It's my first true sign of spring -- one of my favorite seasons -- and all of the sudden I'm itching to see a game. It's a little thrilling.

I really did not expect to get this hooked. It kinda snuck up on me.

And now ... well, I don't know how I'd get through spring without at least one ball game. And it's not the peanuts or cracker jacks.

I'm a little discombobulated.

But batter up nonetheless ... let me root, root, root for the home team ...



KrisB said...

That sounds like a great idea! We haven't been to a game in, well, probably 3+ years now, but I'm really hoping we get to at least one game this season. Maybe we could meet up at a game later in the spring? :)

Anonymous said...

I love it!

Now let me take you to a Mariners game in the evil Seattle. :)

tacomachickadee said...

Kris: We totally need to!
Kevin: Eeek! That would require 1) Going to Seattle, and 2) battling crowds. (I think I went to one Mariners game at the King Dome in Summer of 95 ...) I am tempted to at least try one more time since I've never been to Big Insurance Company Field, but I'll have to psych myself up for it. :)

Kate said...

I am a rabid baseball fan, and we are big-time Rainiers supporters in the DeWeese household. We have tickets this season for the Rainiers' 7-game plan for Friday nights. I am bound and determined to make young Daniel a baseball fan, too. He already has many baseball-themed clothes and baseball Robeez shoes. Yep, bring on baseball season and GO RAINIERS!!! (You and I should totally do a birthday thing at the Rainiers game! July birthdays are PERFECT for that.)

Lena said...

We have tickets again this season to the Rainiers. I think Nori is on the right track.

DaveT said...

Ride the Sounder train up to a Mariner's weekend game. Great fun and no I5 or parking hassle!