The sport that evokes more nostalgia among Americans is baseball. So many of us learned to play this sport as children. Baseball originated before the American Civil War (1861-1865) as rounders, a humble game played in sand lots. The first professional league was born in 1871. By the beginning of the 20th century, most large cities in the eastern United States had a professional baseball team. Baseball became fully established around the 1920s when Babe Ruth (1895-1948) led the New York Yankees to several World Series titles and became a national hero on the strength of his home runs. In the 1950s baseball expanded its geographical range and Western cities got teams.
I have a pen pal in Australia I met on WordPress through our blogs. I now know more about Australia than I would have ever known because of him. In the peculiar way I noticed an Arizona Diamondbacks game airing on a tv while strolling the streets of Paris this summer, Barney is an Australian Arizona Diamondbacks fan who follows the team’s progress all the way from the land down under. So I thought I’d take a little time to write about the game.
I also like the Arizona Diamondbacks but my team is the Chicago Cubs and this week the Cubs are in town to play the D-backs. I went to the first game of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night. I usually try to catch at least one baseball game a season. With the regular season winding down and the Chicago Cubs being in town to play the Arizona Diamondbacks, yesterday turned out to be the perfect day to leave work early and indulge in what is now known as “the national pastime”.
I left work at 2 pm then went home to change into my Cubbies tee, shorts and baseball cap. Due to traffic and road construction it was about a 2 hour drive to Chase Stadium in Phoenix. A bevy of blue flair wearing Cubbies fans parked in the lots, filled the crossways and poured into the stadium. There were fans both young and old for both teams. I was so lucky to sit in front of 4 little tweens who screamed in an ear-piercing manner each time Baez, Rizzo or Bryant went to bat. Aside from the banshee screams that was produced from their tiny bodies the girls were adorable. Afterall I was at a baseball game and you don’t have to use your inside voice at a baseball game!
For most of the night the innings went by quickly in a 3 up/3 down sort of way. After the 3rd inning I treated myself to a “Strawberries in the Outfield” too big to eat sundae from the D-backs Cold Stone Creamery stand. I sang along to “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch and I even witnessed each team hit a home run into the swimming pool. When all was said and done the Chicago Cubs closed Monday night with a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
I made it home at a couple of minutes before midnight and it was straight to bed for me. After all it was a Monday night and the alarm would soon be ringing to sound the beginning of a new workday.