Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BASEBALL . . . AND OTHER THINGS

Once again today I went to a baseball game with my o-l-d buddy, Steve. Once again the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a walk-off victory.  This time in the bottom of the 14th inning.  That's three walk-offs in a row and a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, who did not appear pleased.  Steve, on the other hand, did appear pleased.



It's always nice when your buddy has a big smile on his face, even though this picture was taken before the victory.  I suspect even then, Steve knew about the joy to come.

I, on the other hand, grew weary after about 11 or 12 innings and said my goodbyes as Steve lingered on.

But as I got down to the main floor of the arena, I wondered if maybe I could inveigle my way into one of those MUCH-CLOSER-TO-THE-ACTION seats.  So I made my way to the lower floors.  I asked an usher if I could take one of the many empty seats.  He directed me to a row or two just below him.  I went down and took a seat.  

But then I began to notice all the empty seats far below where I sat.  I thought "why can't I take one of those."  I turned to look for "my" usher but he was distracted so I just stood and walked down many stairs until I was just 20 or so rows above the Diamondbacks dugout and there I took my seat.  Unchallenged.  Just another baseball fan.  The view was exemplary.


I turned and craned my neck several times to try and pick Steve out, way-way-way up in the "nosebleed" seats but I couldn't spot him.

So I turned my attention back to the game.


Well, there was that "Diamondback Girl" right in front of me.  Fancy that.  I sat through a couple of more innings but finally gave up, left the ballpark and headed for home.  On the way, I heard the victorious hit and run in the bottom of the 14th inning.  Great game.  Great team. 

Next time?  C'mon down, Steve.  I'll show you how.

16 comments:

  1. "Inveigle" - to entice or trick into doing or giving something. Learn something every day.....

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  2. Surprised to see so few fans, since the D-backs are doing reasonably well, even though they currently trail that team in Blue from LA. Looks like you had a good time--14 innings is a long haul though.

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    1. Yes the damnable Dodgers are on an epic run. I think it's because they know the Diamondbacks will pass them if they start losing.

      Attendance was possibly low because of a day game in the middle of the week, too.

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  3. I admire anyone watching baseball!
    But even if I was not watching I was following the D.Backs scores...

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  4. I spent a month at a baseball game one night.

    Glad you had fun. Hope you're D-backs continue to do well. :)

    S

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    1. That should lbe "your" D-backs. :)

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    2. Oh, it couldn't have been that bad, could it?

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  5. Don't even try and move down early in the game. The seat Nazis will get you every time!

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  6. I have a friend who's an attorney and one time he took me to a game and I got to sit in the firm's seats at about this level behind home plate. It was quite the view. But, not being much of a sports fan, I grew weary of the game rather quickly. It's fun to go once in a while but, I wouldn't want to make a habit of it.

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    1. Actually I think I enjoy the games just as much on t.v. as in the park because of what you can see. And the replays.

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  7. I see no reason why you shouldn't avail yourself of a nice empty seat. I've done this many times.

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  8. Bruce, good for you. The A's are on a weak streak, but will rebound.

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