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6.17.2007

Take me out to the ballpark


SkySox-Game, originally uploaded by staarkidd.

After all these years living in the US, baseball still seems like something foreigners do. Jim and I decided to join some friends from church for a sky sox game. My motto is, "when in Rome", so Jim helped me take the cultural experience seriously - a hotdog, chili cheese fries, funnel cake and chaser ale. Ughh. But I learned so much - a balk, top of an inning, the seventh inning stretch. In fact, Jim gave me a multiple choice quiz on the seventh inning stretch. A. ending the game in the seventh inning if one of the teams has a huge lead B. all the players do group stretching on the field C. A stretch limo comes out on the field and everyone dances D. the spectators stand and stretch.

I said A because the other answered seemed subjective to geographic location: B. if we were in Japan (they love group calisthenics), C. if we were in Mexico and the limo was teal, D. if we were in New Mexico and everyone did the "sun salutation" yoga stretch. I was wrong. At the seventh inning, I stood and pretended to know the words to take me out to the ballpark. It was a fun night - almost like being in another country!

4 Comments:

  • I didn't have a baseball cap so i wore the closest thing i had. someone recently referred to me as "comrade" so i guess it's not that close after all.

    By Blogger Staarkidd, at 9:11 PM  

  • ask jim about our semi-successful pilgrimmage to Wrigley Field in Chicago, in the summer of 1997

    brian

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:37 AM  

  • Ahh... It's "take me out to the ballGAME" ... not PARK! ;)

    By Anonymous Jim, at 11:16 PM  

  • I think it's "park" in Japan! Hey, at least we made it to the game (or park) before the 7th inning stretch!

    By Blogger Staarkidd, at 7:20 PM  

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