TakeFiveGal Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Take Five Gal LogoTakeFiveGal Enjoys An Afternoon At The Ballpark

Chase Utley Photo 
After a week off due to holiday celebrations and three too many picnics, I’m back.  This week, we’re taking it in a different direction.  With limited new TV last week, it’s a given that Lost and BSG are on my list.  That said, I want to talk about my 5 favorite things about going to the ballpark – Phillies games are my favorite way to spend a Sunday and yesterday was no different!
1. The stadium itself – Citizen’s Bank Park is my favorite stadium.  Seriously, I don’t think there’s a “bad” seat in the bunch.  Everyone has a great view of the action on the field, and nothing is better than the open air feeling!  Throw in roomy seats so I don’t have to touch the person next to me, as well as an open air mall type feeling where all the shoppes and food places are, and it’s just a great time all around.  Seriously, look at the view from my seats yesterday:  http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/ballpark/seating_pricing.jsp and click on Section 136!

2. The game – I have the biggest crush on Chase Utley, and he proved himself worthy yesterday with a homerun (you know he leads the Major League, right?).  My brother David, who says he has a crush on Chase’s ability to play baseball, was like a little kid who was at his first game.  He was so excited.  Geoff Jenkins steps in for like 2 seconds to hit, and bam, home run.  Pat the Bat (who I took time to notice was slimming down thanks to his avoidance, finally, of all that alcohol) had a great 2 run double.  Our pal Jamie Moyer wasn’t having a great time, but he made it through six innings and held his own, for sure!  And how about that Ryan Howard leaping grab at 1st base?  I don’t even like baseball that much and I was completely swept up in the game!

3. So Taguchi – I first saw So play last year when he was on the Cardinals and we saw them play the Phillies.  I love his name.  Just so much.  Come on, now that you’ve read it, don’t you picture yourself saying “That is just so taguchi?”  Because I do.  And my brother and I decided we could make a lot of money on a line of T-shirts with his face and #99 on the front, and “That is just SO Taguchi” on the back.  Think about it – you know you’d buy one!

4. The food – The whole point of a baseball game is too spend a million dollars buying various forms of sustenance, right?  So there we sat, with our $4 pretzel, $5 hotdog, $4 nachos, and the sodas that cost us the souls of our first born children, and we couldn’t get enough.  David decided that he would waste half of a year waiting on line for Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab Fries (so worth the decade and a half long line, I promise).  We also then made the brilliant decision to cap off our over indulgence with little baseball helmets filled with ice cream.  David got sprinkles.

5. The over!cheering fan – You know the guy I’m talking about.  The one guy who stands in the back of everyone, and yells at the top of his lungs, convinced that his help is what the team needs to step up.  The one yelling “Throw Strikes” because the pitcher wasn’t actually sure that’s what he should be doing?  Yeah, we had our Over!Cheering fan yesterday, and we couldn’t get enough.  At one point David turned to him and, with all honestly, said “I think it’s working, yell louder.”  I don’t think he understood that D wanted him to shut the frak up, because he seemed proud of himself, and went on to yell more helpful things like “Hit the ball” and “Run fast!”  I think he single-handedly won the game for the Fightins.  What about you?