Podcast #124 A Day at the Ballpark

Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

I went to a baseball game a few days ago. One of my grandsons came with me. Also a cousin of my wife’s. I had purchased the tickets on the Internet. I made sure the seats would be in the shade.

Traffic was light. We arrived at the stadium an hour early. I like to watch a stadium fill up.

You see a lot of families at baseball games. Many of the people at the game are Hispanic. Many of the baseball players are also.

The food you can buy is horrendously expensive. I brought along a sandwich. My grandson had a hotdog and French fries.

Both teams had pretty good pitchers. That meant there weren’t many hits. I prefer bad pitching and more hits. It’s more exciting that way.

The average baseball game is three hours. Only eighteen minutes of that is action. I look forward to going to a game, but after two hours I start looking at my watch. And my behind is tired of sitting.

My home team won this game 2-1. This made me happy. Isn’t that silly? The players are all hired professionals. They come from different states and countries. They earn way too much money. Why should I care who wins? Next time I’ll try not to care. But that won’t happen until next year.

 

I went to a baseball game a few days ago.

I attended a baseball game a few days ago.

 

One of my grandsons came with me.

One of my grandsons accompanied me.

 

Also a cousin of my wife’s.

Also one of my wife’s cousins.

 

I had purchased the tickets on the Internet.

I had bought the tickets on the Web.

 

I made sure the seats would be in the shade.

I made certain the seats were in a shaded area.

 

Traffic was light.

There was not much traffic

 

We arrived at the stadium an hour early.

We got to the stadium an hour ahead of time.

 

I like to watch a stadium fill up.

I like to watch a stadium filling up.

 

You see a lot of families at baseball games.

Baseball is a family event for many.

 

Many of the people at the game are Hispanic.

Many of the attendees are Spanish speaking.

 

Many of the baseball players are also.

That goes for the baseball players as well.

 

The food you can buy is horrendously expensive.

The food at the game is outrageously expensive.

 

I brought along a sandwich.

I brought a sandwich from home.

 

My grandson had a hotdog and French fries.

My grandson went for a hotdog and fries.

 

Both teams had pretty good pitchers.

The pitchers for both teams were quite good.

 

That meant there weren’t many hits.

That kept the hitting in check.

 

I prefer bad pitching and more hits.

I’d rather see bad pitching and more hits.

 

It’s more exciting that way.

It makes for a more exciting game.

 

The average baseball game is three hours.

A game runs three hours on average.

 

Only eighteen minutes of that is action.

Of that three hours, only eighteen minutes is action.

 

I look forward to going to a game.

I get excited about going to a game.

 

But after two hours….

…I start looking at my watch.

 

But two hours into the game…

…I start getting impatient.

 

And my behind is tired of sitting.

And my butt just wants to move on.

 

My home team won this game 2-1.

My team won with a score of 2-1.

 

This made me happy.

I was happy about this.

 

Isn’t that silly?

Isn’t that a silly thing?

 

The players are all hired professionals.

The team members are just employees.

 

They come from different states and countries.

They are not local people.

 

They earn way too much money.

They get paid obscenely high salaries.

 

Why should I care who wins?

Why should I give a hoot who wins?

 

Next time I’ll try not to care.

The next time I’ll try to stay neutral.

 

But that won’t happen until next year.

But that won’t be for another year.

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