To celebrate the fact that it's Spring, I'm headed out to the ballpark tonight to watch the Nashville Sounds
take on the New Orleans Zephrys. I'm headed out that way with a group of friends from church. It's Faith Night
out at the ballpark, which means that for your ten dollars, you get admission to the game in the "good seats", a free concert by a Christian group before the game, and a hot dog and drink. Not too bad a deal, actually. And at a couple of games this season, they're giving away religous related bobble-head dolls, including ones of John the Baptist, Queen Esther and Daniel in the lion's den. (I admit I am curious about the Daniel in the lion's den bobblehead)
I have to admit I was a bit more enthused about the opening act when it was Bethany Dillon
. However, she was not able to be there tonight and so, instead, we get Everyday Sunday
. (A group I've not really heard that much about, so I'll let you know).
I'll admit I'm not the worldest biggest baseball fan. Honestly, I can't get that enthused about watching it on TV. But out at the ballpark, it's a whole other thing. The smell of the grease as it cooks the corndogs, french fries and other food that is bad for you, but yet tastes so good. Watching the duel between the batter and the pitcher. Dizzy bat races and other such things between innings. Stomping your feet to the piped in organ music. So, yeah, I'll admit I'm looking forward to being out there. I just hope the weather holds up for the duration of the game and it doesn't get too terribly cold as the evening progresses.
I also admit that part of me is more intrigued by the whole baseball thing after reading Buzz Bissinger's Three Nights in August.
It's the story of a three-game series between the Cubs and Cardinals back in August of 2003. It follows the players on the team and the moves made by Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. It's a fascinating story and seeing how much goes into the many moves and strategies on the field is extremely interesting. Bissinger also weaves in stories of the players--the highs, the lows, the in-between--in the book. If you're a baseball fan, this one is a must read. If you're like me and don't always quite get what it is that's so magical about baseball to many, this might be a good place to start learning more.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/08/2005 04:07:00 PM