Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

You know you’re a good aunt when…

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Waiting to run home!

You spend two of the hottest days of the year watching your nephew play an all star baseball tournament!

Let me tell you, awnings over the bleachers are the BEST invention ever!

My brother-in-law asked me last week if he and his nephew could spend a night with me. Aaron is on a traveling all star team this year (yay!) and their final tournament was coming to Arlington. Yay for me!

I met them Friday night for the first game of the series (The Winchester Crush crushed it! Won by slaughter rule after only about an hour).

Yesterday Charles and I returned to watch them. Charles insisted that it was hotter yesterday than on Friday night, but I insisted the sun made it feel a million times worse (plus, I didn’t get sunburned on Friday. Yesterday…another story).

But it was a fabulous chance to get to see Aaron play and support him in his awesomeness. He made some incredible plays yesterday. Have you ever seen a 10 year old catch a line drive? It’s pretty awesome.

And I forget how tiny my nieces and nephews are until I see them around other kids their age. The team they played yesterday looked HUGE compared to the Winchester kids.

In the end they came in second place, but they played their little bums off!

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad

June 17, 2011 1 comment

Since the Nationals came to Washington, a popular Father’s day or birthday gift from me to my father was often baseball tickets.

As soon as they arrived my father was so excited for me. Growing up in Boston, he was used to the “hometown team” feeling that baseball produces. On the metro before every game, people just seem happier, more hopeful and more excited. There’s chatter in the air (sometimes even between strangers. *Gasp* Imagine that on a DC Metro!). It’s just such a happy-summertime feeling that is somewhat unexplainable, but in my opinion, unique to baseball.

It’s something I’ll always be grateful to have shared with my dad.

Since he’s died, honestly, I haven’t been to as many games. I used to go to 10 or 20 a year, lately it’s been 2 or 3. It’s a bitter-sweet feeling to leave a game longing to call him and share in the excitement of a win or a particular amazing play.

Tuesday night I went to my second game of the 2011 season (I have yet to miss an opening day. They are particularly hard since that’s where mom and dad met Charles…but I can’t give up on that record!).

First, we chose to sit in the exact section I sat in with my parents the last time I took them to a father’s day game.

Then, I noticed the moon. It was eerily large! The moon is another connection I have to my father. He was always fascinated with the sky (perhaps from reading a lot of Heinlein novels). He would take us outside on August nights to watch the meteor showers…and I’ll never forget the time we stood in the doorway once and watched waves of red light dance across the night sky. I’ll never understand how the northern lights were visible in Virginia, but it was incredibly amazing.

Mom told me a story once that as a child, Dad asked his father why pieces of the moon couldn’t be brought down to earth. Then they wouldn’t need streetlamps. After he died and she had to choose a paint color for the house, she chose one called “man on the moon”…it just seemed like one Dad would like!

After I noticed the moon…I couldn’t help but notice the incredible 7th inning. There was nothing Dad loved more than to see baseball players PLAY. Not give up when they’re behind…not half-assly play outfield and barely run for the ball (no I’m not referring to any particular former Boston players…ok, maybe I am)…but to put their heart and soul into a game, come from behind, and play an amazing game.

We got that Tuesday night. I couldn’t help but speak Dad’s words as the Nats played what would be a 6-run inning, turning to Gretchen, and saying “Now THIS is baseball!”

Happy Father’s Dad.

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Signs of Spring!

April 15, 2011 1 comment

Spring is all around us now!

Today is Odyssey Day at the University – the day that all the accepted students and their parents come to visit to see if they’ll decide to go here or not. Like freshly hatched baby chicks, these future freshman scurry about campus full of excitement and wonder.

Each year, much like spring, it’s a reminder to me of new beginnings and fresh hope.

The signs are also evident to me each day as I leave my house. There are buds on the azalea bushes, blossoms falling from my giant pear tree, and finally this week, two yellow tulips blooming in my flower bed (two out of 12 bulbs planted, but at least there’s SOME color this year!)

Other fun things to prove it’s spring – I went to my sixth Nationals opening day game (I have yet to miss one). I love hometown baseball.

Charles and I had our first outdoor happy hour last week. It got a little chilly, but we couldn’t resist a bacon themed happy hour. We were willing to be a little cold in order to get a seat!

What are your favorite things about spring?