Buy Me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

Baseball Season is here, and you can hear the roar of the crowd. I love going to baseball games. I love to be in the crowd drinking a beer and eating a hotdog. Watching at home is a different story. Just like with football, I can watch if a bunch of people are gathered together, but you will not catch me at home alone with the game on.

Do not ask me about things like the infield fly rule or the designated hitter…because I don’t know. I do not know players names or stats. I can tell you how my team is doing and what place they are in, but don’t ask me all the details of how they can make it to first place based on if this team beats that team or if they sweep the series against so and so. My brother-in-law Bill has all that information for you, but I know nothing. I am there for a good time only.

I have supported two teams in my lifetime, The Philadelphia Phillies and The Baltimore Orioles. I have lived in both cities, and I believe in supporting the team where you live. If you do not have a team in your city, then you can choose who you like. And if you have two teams in the same city, like New York or Chicago…I don’t know what to tell you. Pick who you like but be prepared to defend your team to an opposing fan. I have seen fights break out on the subway over the Yankees and the Mets. They take their teams very seriously.

I have a few baseball stories to share with you, I always have a story for you. When I was younger, we moved around a lot. We landed in Baltimore and my family, no matter where we lived were Philly fans. The year was 1983 and the Phillies were playing the Orioles in the World Series. You can imagine my family’s surprise when I started rooting for The O’s. I was 13 and thought you root for the home team. All my friends were O’s fans, so I became one too. I was told in no uncertain terms, that we were a Philadelphia house, no matter where we lived. O.K., but I still cheered silently for the Orioles. I was silent until Baltimore won the series, my parents just looked at me in dismay and never talked about it again.

I have had my picture in the newspaper a couple of times in my life. One of those times was due to the baseball strike of 1994. The strike was set to begin in a week and a bunch of us decided to go to a game and make our feelings known. We took a white bedsheet and spray painted it and took off for the stadium. We had great seats by the dugout and when the game started, we held up the sign that said, “High Ho, High Ho, It’s Screw the Fans You Know!” We held the sign up for the entire game and yelled a few choice words at the dugout. Lo and behold, the next morning our picture was in the Baltimore Sun, front page of the sports section. My mom bought several copies and sent it off to various family members. I still have a copy somewhere with all my other keepsakes.

I love baseball and I love baseball movies. I can watch “Eight Men Out”, “A League of their Own” and “Bull Durham” over and over again. Sports movies in general are fun to watch. As far as actually playing ball…well, I did spend one summer playing softball in a rec. league, but I was bad, really bad. I don’t think I finished the season. I don’t remember if I quit or if I was asked not to come back. It doesn’t matter either way. I knew it wasn’t my game.

To quote “Bull Durham”, “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball.” That may be true, it might be a simple game, but it is a fun game to watch. Nothing beats it, not even football, in my opinion…yeah, I said it. I don’t even have a minor league team to watch here in Hawaii, so I haven’t been to the ballpark in many years. And I miss it. I miss the noise, the possibility of catching a fly ball, the seven inning stretch, the stadium food…I miss it all. Well, I guess I may have to turn on the television to get my fix in. Or I could go watch “Bull Durham”, either way, I’ll be good.

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

14 thoughts on “Buy Me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jacks

  1. I like baseball and the O’s have long been my team of choice. When I was growing up, CO didn’t have a team so I cheered for the Reds and the Angels. But once I move to MD, the O’s it was. But now that I can’t even watch them on TV, you have to have cable and have the MASN channel to watch, I haven’t watched a game in several years now. I do miss going to the games, but alas it’s not meant to be. I think my favorite baseball movie is Field of Dreams…”build it and they will come”.

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  2. Bill LIVES for baseball season, then he spends every game screaming at the TV “YOU SUCK!” AND he hates baseball movies. He’d rather play. Him and his wind-up. Once a pitcher, always a pitcher.
    I played. I was good, too. They put me at 3rd because I could make it to 1st easily. Favorite baseball movie? A League of Their Own.

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  3. Hahah those are hilarious stories!! Your new team winning 😂😂😂 and the poster chant had me screaming😂😂😂

    We had a similar thing happen when we moved to Toronto. My daughter went to a hockey game with her Soccer Coach and family. They brought back a Maple Leafs flag. We’re Montreal fans. I actually gasped when she came in with it. I told her she couldn’t bring it in the house she’d have to put it in the garage if she wanted to keep it. I was shocked at my reaction so I totally get your parents on that one. So funny!
    Fave baseball movies: Sandlot, Hardball and Powerball.

    Thanks for the laughs 😂😂😂

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    1. OMG…the Bad News Bears….I havent seen that movie in like 35 years. Good choice. I definitely would go watch the Islanders if they were still around. I love to watch minor league games.

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  4. I know it’s not major league and it’s not minor league, but Tracie, you could go to a UH mens baseball game… I went to my first one a few weeks ago and it was a blast… got that 7th inning stretch in and you can get a beer!!! I like baseball well enough and do root for the home team. Chicago isn’t quite like NY and I enjoyed both the Cubs and White Sox but then again I went for the atmosphere!! I have enjoyed my fair share of Rockies games when I lived there but now I do believe it is UH men all the way!!
    Favorite baseball movie may be Angels in the Outfield! But, you gotta love the Sandlot too!

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