Take me out to the ballgame !

Isn’t baseball the all American sport ?  Childhood memories of playing the sport even as a girl still are fond for me .  I never imagined how popular baseball is in Texas ! My son has many years of YMCA baseball under his belt .  He really enjoyed it !  To even be considered for the high school team you would either have to be naturally gifted with talent or play club ball (more serious than ymca).  My son took his interest to following major league . For that reason we go to the park on occasion . The Astros play at a super nice park, Minute Maid Park.  The roof retracts and on Friday nights they have fireworks after the game .    They have lots of food choices and even a restaurant at the stadium .

We have tried seats in different sections throughout the stadium and I like the ones best between home and first base or just past first base.    At least with baseball it’s a little more affordable to go to a game.   You can get inexpensive seats ($4 to $450), or pay more for better seats, still way cheaper than football if you ask me.  (I don’t know how anyone affords that)  This time we sat in the outfield, on a perfect evening.  Most of the time the roof is closed because it is too hot, but the weather is just too good right now.

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They have a really nice big screen so you can see up close even if you are sitting far away from the play.  Sure it’s nice to stay at home and watch the game, but every once in a while you ought to experience the game live and see some of the perspective the TV cameras don’t show.  There is the opportunity to catch a foul ball and mingle with the many fans.  There are lots of different fans from families to co-workers, people of all ages.

Minute Maid park can hold up to a little over 40,000 people.  The game wasn’t sold out but there were still a lot of people here.    It’s amazing, I don’t know where these people park.  The parking lot adjacent to the stadium can’t hold that many people.  I always park in a parking garage.  I just can’t believe there is enough parking around the stadium to accommodate us.  We normally walk no more than 1/4 of a mile to the park.

Whenever an Astro player is up to bat, they play the player’s song.  And if they get a home run or a run batted in, then there is a train near and high above left field that toots it’s horn and travels about a few hundred feet (the train is complete with a real live conductor!).  I always thought this was weird.  It’s a train and the coal car is full of oranges.  Oh well, Minute Maid is headquartered in Houston.  In the seventh inning we always stand up and sing “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, I think that’s cool.  They display the lyrics for you just in case!    Even though we lost this time, it’s still a lot of fun and a great way to spend a Friday night!  And I’m happy to do something with my son that we both enjoy!

The fireworks on Friday nights after the game are pretty cool too!  It’s about a 15 minute show with music.  Spectacular!

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Take me out to the ballgame !

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