So when Lloyd and Allan suggested we go to a Major League Baseball game, Arizona Diamondbacks vs the Colorado Rockies, I was less than enthusiastic. The thought of sitting for hours in a hot ball field in 40+ temperatures was more than I could take. But when Lloyd convinced me that the ball field was enclosed and air conditioned, although somewhat skeptical, I agreed to go to Chase Field for my first Major League ball game.
|Me, Allan and Emily outside Chase Field after the game|
And he was right. It was an enclosed field, complete with walls and roof, and it was air conditioned. After I cooled down from the hot walk from the parkade to the field, I settled in to enjoy the game.
And so did Emily and Allan
It was an interesting experience. As it turns out, going to a ball game isn't about watching players pitch the ball, bat it, get home runs, etc. No indeed. Going to a ball game is about people watching, and visiting, and eating and participating in all the off-field fun. Quite an experience.
|Emily and Allan enjoying their first ball park hot dogs|
|The field, pre-game, with a giant headed mascot entertaining the crowd|
|The score board, which didn't figure prominently in our enjoyment of the game|
|Another giant headed mascot, pre-game|
Inside Chase field (a building, remember, not an actual field) there were dozens of booths - like a giant food court - designed to separate the game goer from his hard earned money...souvenirs, t-shirts,hats, food of every kind, drinks, and much much more.
Then, in the bleachers there were the food vendors - walking up and down the stairs in the bleachers these people carried peanuts, popcorn, cotton candy, beer, water, nuts, rice krispie squares, cookies, hot dogs, and anything else you can imagine, shouting out their wares and keeping the people in the stands from perishing from hunger and thirst.
|This guy has a tray full of drinks, rice krispie squares and candy|
|This one walked the bleachers with soft drinks and bags of cotton candy|
|This one had bags of popcorn and cinnamon toasted almonds|
|And this most popular of men carried a barrel of tequila or margueritas (I can't|
remember which) on his back and kept everyone's cups refilled...for a cost of course.
The ball field is a great place for people watching. The crowd consisted of everyone from elderly grandparents to tiny babies. This baby's father stood up with the baby in his arms and caught a foul ball in his other hand. Incredible.
Everyone watches and hopes for a stray ball to come into the bleachers so they can take home a souvenir from the game.
And lets not forget the game itself. Baseball is a fairly slow game with bursts of excitements. We managed to witness a couple of exciting home runs, one even by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
|And the batter|
|And another batter|
I don't follow baseball so I don't know any of the Diamondback team members or their stats. They all looked pretty good to me.
So overall I enjoyed my first Major League Baseball experience. I appreciated the air conditioned field too. Without it I never would have attempted to sit through a game. Good call guys!