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Going to Baseball Games with the Family - Memories Growing Up and Now

Updated on October 25, 2011
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Going To Baseball Games

We recently went to a baseball game in St. Louis, to see the Cardinals play. They won, which was a joy to see and experience as they are our team! My son's choir was singing the national anthem that night, and we had purchased tickets to go and see him and of course the baseball game.

This all got me to thinking about how I grew up going to baseball games, and how neat it is to go with those you love and enjoy spending time with. I think its a good thing, to take your kids to baseball games, its a fun way to experience the community for one. Its a great American pastime if you think about it and a wonderful part of our history now.

There is rooting for the home team, snacks, anticipation, let downs, worry and a lot of excitement at a ball game. I thought it cute how one of my sons goes, "Mom, how do you know all these songs?" He knows I am not overly into sports, but he was referring to all the little chants they do at a game, all the things the crowd does during different parts of the game. I thought about it, to answer...it dawned on me that I was blessed to have been taken to Angel games in Southern California off and on during my childhood years! What great memories with my grandparents for instance! This is how I knew all those little chants, songs, and "what to do" when you heard different things.... We all had a wonderful time, and that the Cardinals won, really made our night!

I love going to Busch Stadium when I can, and enjoyed seeing both the old stadium and enjoy the new one as well. Of course the Clydesdale horses are beautiful as they go around the field as well, earlier in the game.

Growing up in Southern California

Does anyone else remember those little plastic sundae cups, or ice cream cups they would serve in the shape of a baseball cap? They were collectors items, in different colors and with different designs if i am recalling correctly? This is just one of the fun memories I have, getting a special ice cream, or some kind of treat at a game! We loved the Angels, still do, and watching the Dodgers was always fun too! Such fans on either side.

Taking the Family or Friends to Games

Baseball games and what goes with them, is something that we should not forget about in the busy-ness of our everyday lives. We ought to go, take a kid, friend, relative with you! Watching how fast life is flying by, you will be having fun while creating some fun deeper memories for someone, with someone. A lot of those people that often took me to games as a kid, are no longer with me on this earth, and I treasure the memories I have of those times. There is so much excitement and joy at a game, watching others with happy faces and doing the wave, or cheering for a homerun - what beats that?

So I encourage you to look into making the time to go to any kind of local game in your area. Its a great community experience and builds memories for all involved. I know I so enjoyed hanging out with my family at this last game, we had lots of laughs and a good time.

One last note.... I was at work the other day, speaking with a 98 year old woman. She is in incredibly good health considering her age, and can get around, drive, works one day a week, etc. She takes good care of herself! I asked her what her secret is, and she said that she is happy! She proceeded to tell me that that night, she and her grandson were going to the Cardinal Game. It was going to be a little cold and breezy, but she was excited and I was happy for her too. I got a big smile on my face, because I knew what it would mean to that little boy, not just that night but for many years to come as he grows up! What fun, to go to the game, especially when your team is in the world series. I applaud that family for making all the arrangements to go, good for them!

Two of my favorite baseball stadiums

A
Busch Stadium St Louis:
Busch Stadium, 700 Clark St, St Louis, MO 63102-1727, USA

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B
Angel Stadium California:
Edison International Field, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806-6143, USA

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Jfay, thank you for your comment and visit here. Its neat to meet others who love or have family that loves baseball and have fond memories of it. :)

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      jfay2011 

      6 years ago

      very good hub. If my dad had a computer he would love this hub. He loved to play baseball as a kid and has a big hat collection. Baseball fanatic.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Alternative Prime, thank you for your comment and visit. You are right about the name change, thanks for the clarification. I was remembering them from long ago. Its a joy to hear from someone that so recently enjoyed going to one of their games! I have family there too, that still likes to go when they can. How awesome that you got to have some neat conversations too. Very lucky, and you will always have the memories.

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      Alternative Prime 

      6 years ago from > California

      Very well done, I enjoyed the references -

      I recently had the opportunity to attend a game at one of your favorite venues "Angels Stadium", Although I believe the name of the team has been officially changed to "The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim". Very interesting decision to say the least.

      In any event, I enjoyed an afternoon with very close family members and it will be cherished forever. My only regret was discovering the fact that I had forgotten my digital camera. It wouldn't have been such a disappointment if the Angels were not playing the "Bronx Bombers", but that was indeed the case, and we were virtually sitting right on top of the Yank's Pitching Staff, which was a nice surprise gifted to all of us by my brother.

      Needless to say, we had up close and personal conversations with all the future "Hall of Famers" such as Mariano Rivera, Jaba Chamberlain etc. but no "Photo Ops". Still a great day that will be remembered forever.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Phoenix, yes you do need to go sometime! Its really fun. Thanks for your comment. :)

      Ardie, what a neat tradition for your girls and husband! They will always have fond memories of those times I am sure. Thanks for your comment!

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      Sondra 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      I loved reading about how much fun you had taking the family to a ball game. My husband grew up at our local ballpark and he takes our 3 daughters to ball games almost every Sunday during the season. My kids love going and spending the time with Daddy, learning about the game, cheering for their favorite players and singing the chants. Congrats on your son's choir singing the national anthem - what a memory too!!

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      PhoenixV 

      6 years ago from USA

      I have never been to a professional baseball game, but now I gotta go to one!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Lyricwriter, thank you for your visit and comment! I really appreciate it. :)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting:) This is such a great story and wonderful lifelong memories. Just a great overall read. I like how you laid out all the emotions of the game. I enjoy following sports and this is something special to your heart. Great stuff.

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