It was a momentus Sunday in the J-M household. Mor Far came down and took the boys to their first Major League Baseball game. And not just any old MLB game - but a Red Sox Game. They played the Phillies in Inter-league play at Citizen's Park in Philadelphia. It was a gorgeous spring day for the 4 guys (me, Mor Far, K & O) to go down for 1:30 first pitch.
Monday, June 15, 2009
In addition to the completely unobstructed view (section 307 is so unobstructed it's actually higher that foul ball pole), we had hot dogs, drinks (the boys had Sprite), and, of course, cotton candy. Later we also had ice cream. Baseball does not get better than that!
Particularly special was seeing Jacoby Elsbury (the boys current favorite player) steal second, and then in the same play, on an error, steal 3rd. Then seeing Big Papi too - what a treat! Sadly, though the Sox were up 5 to nothing in the 4th, they crashed and burned and ended 11-6. But, the boys did not care one iota - and have been "playing Red Sox" here at home every second since then. The latest thing is that they say a Phillies player catch a pop-fly against the wall - so the couch in our living room is "the wall" and they "catch the ball" and then flip over the wall to indicate how big a catch it really is. Yahoo!
Citizen's Bank park is a great place, and although very very white, was also very friendly to our family. I love the layout and design of the place. They have captured the feel of an old park, and made it very accessible and easy to enjoy. Very nice.
Kyle relished hearing the play-by-play Mor Far gave for every pitch for the entire 3.5 hours. That kid really sat there and absorbed the whole thing. Mor Far reported that everytime he would say something (eg: Base on Balls) Kyle would prompt "Morr Far, what's Base on Ball" and he would answer, which would lead to more questions, which would led to more questions. And now, we're hearing it all come back out in discussions with Kyle.
Owen loved seeing the players swing and hit. He was frustrated that he couldn't be a Red Sox right now. And he loved walking around the park with Papi when the game felt a little slow. We got to tour the whole thing and interact with lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of people. Who all loved to interact with him.
After the game, we hit our favorite Carrabba's and the boys had their normal penne with alfredo.
What an incredible experience. The perfect way to have your first MLB game. Kyle is now dead-set on going to Fenway! Watch out Red Sox, here we come!
Posted by Braydon McCormick at 9:17 PM