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Baseball and kids
Springtime and baseball
After a long winter season it is nice to look forward to spring and baseball once again. With a new baseball season comes a fresh new start for the team of your choice and memories of past seasons and hopes of a competitive season with world series dreams. Baseball brings out the kid in all of us and it is a wonderful bonding experience for father and son, father and daughter, mother and son and mother and daughter. It is a game watched by many and there is nothing that compares to being at the ballpark taking in a baseball game. The sounds of the cheering fans, the view of the field and the playing of the national anthem are all exciting moments of being at a baseball game and that is only the beginning as the real show starts when the pitcher takes the mound and the batter takes his swing.
When we hear the news of pitchers and catchers reporting to their spring training camps that is the sign that spring and baseball are coming and we wait with eager anticipation for the baseball season to start and our favorite team to arrive back home to their ballpark, the place where dreams are born.
For most of us our interest in baseball developed when we were young children watching the game at home with our mom or dad. We usually saw a game on the tv so if we went to the stadium to see a game that was extra special. I always enjoyed watching my favorite team at home and when I saw them with my parents or my friends at the ballpark it was a fun day and I gained a new and different perspective of the game seeing it live and in person. It seems when you are at a ballpark it is easier to misjudge the distance of the baseball when it is hit into the outfield. There were times when I thought the batter hit a home run and the baseball was caught in the ballpark. It is funny when everyone gets up in eager anticipation of seeing the ball sail over the fence only to be caught at the warning track. Those cheers suddenly become silenced if it is the home team at bat when that happens.
If I were able to take a road trip with my son I would love to experience baseball at the many major league ballparks starting with the Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Nationals and Orioles. Baseball is a rite of passage and a wonderful game to watch and play. It doesn't matter if it is a major league game, a minor league game, a college game or a little league game. Baseball is baseball and it is fun to watch whether it is major leaguers playing making astronomical salaries or minor leaguers playing with dreams of making the big leagues. It is extra special having a son or daughter who displays an interest and a desire to play in little league baseball.
It seems going to a major league baseball game can be a major league expense so it is only possible to go to a handful of games. A great family alternative is going to a minor league game where the price is much more reasonable and the quality of baseball is very good. You may even have a chance to see a future major leaguer stand out or a veteran who had played in the majors already. A minor league baseball game caters to families and there are usually fun things to do at the ballpark that attracts the kid's attention in addition to the game.
As we look forward to a new baseball season we will cheer for our team and get caught up in the excitement and pleasures that the game provide and we will enjoy our special outings at the ballpark. I promised my son we would see a Met game, a Yankee game and a few Duck games this year.
Edward D. Iannielli III
Time in the Minors
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