Last weekend, we went with our friends to a minor league baseball game. Our local team really isn't very good. They aren't affiliated with a major league team and I'm not sure they are even in a real division. So going to the games really doesn't have much to do with seeing good baseball, at least that's how I feel. It's more about spending the evening outside and eating the typical ball game food. The fact that there's a baseball game going on is just kind of background entertainment. We chose a 5:05 game so that it wasn't too hot but also wasn't too late for the kids. We lucked out and had some pretty ideal weather for our night of baseball!
To be honest, Noah wasn't that excited to go at first. But he warmed up to the idea when he knew his best bud was going to be there and we told him he could get cotton candy, which he calls "cotton and candy". Noah just recently saw the movie "Planes: Fire and Rescue" and was so excited to bring his two new planes to the game with us. The boys were way more interested in playing with them than watching the game. I do however wish I had 3 of them so that there wasn't the issue of sharing with our friend's younger sister.
We had taken Noah to his first minor league game two summers ago. Looking back at those photos, Noah looks so tiny! He wasn't even 2 yet and he was positively scared of the mascots. Thankfully Noah has gotten over that fear and was even interested in getting a photo with the bear this time.
^^^ I can't help but laugh at this group photo... sometimes this is the best you can get with 3 kids!
You may think I'm exaggerating when I say our team isn't good. But honestly, they only got 1 hit the entire game! While that's not so good for the team, it was good for us since it made the game go by fairly quickly. On this particular night, after the game was over, the kids were invited to go onto the field to run the bases. While the boys weren't very interested in watching the game, they were excited about the idea of running the bases. We knew the kids' interest wouldn't last long, so we were cautiously optimistic that they would make it through the entire game. There were a few times that we had to remind them to behave if they wanted to stay, but all things considering, they did well. I'm so glad it all worked out! Chris is used to major league games where only the kids are allowed on the field to run the bases. So we were pleasantly surprised when we were allowed to go down as well. I honestly don't know if Noah would have done it on his own. And now I can say I've done it too :)
^^^ I wasn't prepared for having to explain to Noah why the flag was at half mast :(
Do you have a minor league team in your town? Have you or your kids ever run the bases?