Results tagged ‘ Chicago White Sox ’
went to the White Sox vs. A’s game on Wed, Sept. 22 – a 12:35pm game on a Wednesday, in
September, between 2 average teams, not in a race, in OAKLAND, where
you’re lucky to get 10,000 people in there. The place is EMPTY. So on
this day, I decided to sit near third base, about 20 rows back of the
field, to give me more area to cover in chasing a ball. 3 minutes before
game time, an usher comes over to ask for my ticket, and tell me I have
to move. There’s NO ONE in my row, maybe 5 people in my whole section.
The section next to me had like a group though, so it was kind of full,
and easily noticeable, as it was the only filled-up section. Anyway, so I
move, to just inside of 1st base (Section 113-114). FIRST PITCH OF THE
GAME: Juan Pierre fouls it off about 6 seats to the left in the row I
was sitting. NO ONE WAS THERE!!! 1st bad sign. Then, as I’m sitting, I
notice in the left field bleachers that no one is there, maybe 10 people
total. I think “this may be my best chance to get a home run.” But it
would take a well hit ball to reach the bleachers. Bottom 3- Chris
Carter hits his first career home run to these empty seats. UGH! Then in
the 5th, I get up and start to move toward the outfield, cause there
were a decent about of balls fouled into the seats in lower right field,
near where I got my ball the day before. As I get into the aisle, there
is a foul ball that drops 10 feet from me, but a really big guy had me
boxed out and I could get to the ball that was rolling in the aisle. So,
I move, to section 110-111. ANOTHER usher comes to harass me for my
ticket, with NO ONE around. I refuse to move this time. Bottom 6, a ball
was fouled to the row behind where I was sitting in between 110-111. So
after the 7th, I move back. Bottom 8, a ball is fouled about 2 rows
back, and 3 seats in from where I was sitting. Again, no one around. By
the end of this game, I was so depressed, I was happy to be heading back
to NY. And I also wished I lived in Oakland to chase foul balls around.
A full week in that park, if you play for foul balls to the dominant
side of the line-up, I would guarantee you should get one.
So, this past Wednesday, 6/24 I attended the Nationals vs. Red Sox game in Washington, D.C. What a great stadium. There are so many nice aspects to it. It has the old school feel, with the press boxes, and such way above the field on the highest possible level. It has a nice open area in left field. It’s just an enjoyable place to be. Ushers also do not harass you as you make your way down to the field level seats, near the dugout even, when the seats are unoccupied. Not like some New York stadiums we all know too well. The one thing I don’t like, that “the new shea” has also, it the brick wall behind home plate that prevents you from watching the game. That is not baseball. It’s as if they are telling you, you are not good enough to be there. Makes me wanna put a knee to someone’s groin, cause that’s how pompass I feel it comes off as. Other than that, a great stadium.
I also attended a pair of Norfolk Tides Minor League games this week. The Tides are an Orioles farm team, but they were formerly a Mets AAA team. I went to games in Norfolk on Thursday and Friday, as they played, oddly enough, the Pawtucket Red Sox. There were a couple of former and future major leaguers on those teams. Joey Gathright and Jolbert Cabrera play for the Tides, while Javier Lopez, Clay Buchholz, Jed Lowrie and Chris Carter play for the Sox. Lookout for an Orioles prospect named Brandon Snyder. He is the Tides first baseman and looked very good. But what do I know, I just watch the game. I think I like him cause he smirked at me when I was cheering excessively loudly for him.
As the title of my entry states, the Nationals game will be my last MLB game for about a month. I chose the wrong time to create a blog. I spend my summers working as a counselor at a great summer camp, in which I travel the country for 40 days with a group of teenagers. I could never imagine having more fun, or doing something more adventureous in my life. And I’m not talking skydiving adventureous, though we do go skiing, surfing, white water rafting, and so much more. I’m just talking about an experience like no other. No group of kids is ever the same as the next. They always keep you on your toes. Something I really enjoy.
So, I will be away until August 8th, and while I WILL actually be attending a San Francisco Giants game in early August, I will not have a computer, nor be able to blog for the next 40+ days. When I do return, I will be making a trip to Alaska, followed by one to Chicago to see the White Sox. So that should be special, and I hope to have a lot to say about that.
Till then, farewell.