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I love softball. I love baseball. I’m pretty sure this has been established.
I’ve got a few friends and their girls are playing fall ball this season. Bill and I love going to their games. It’s fun to watch and with luck you get to see a crazy parent cheering loudly/swearing/yelling at the coach/punching an umpire. It’s good times.
We went to a night game recently and I brought my new lens to take a few pictures of the girls in action. The field lights weren’t quite bright enough but I did get a few decent shots. I’ll have to go again during a day game to get those “wow” shots.
I love the above pic, its the girl child and her dad, one of the assistant coaches. She’s gotten really good this season, I’m excited to see more games.
Anyone else playing or watching fall ball this year?
Oral Roberts University baseball, I spent many a days in that stadium watching these guys play. It was perfect, you could watch the greatest game on earth for free and get a tan at the same time.
At these games is also how I got to know Bill. He’s also under the belief that baseball is the greatest game on earth, and he lived on the same floor as several of the baseball players so he went to all the games as well. Ah memories.
Bill and I just had our second anniversary and since we never really went on a honey moon and we didn’t do much for our first anniversary (we had just purchased a house) we decided to do it big without braking the bank. Got a hotel downtown, took only public transportation (which I had never utilized in this city, more to come on that), planned awesome artistic and cultured outings, and truly adventured. Did I mention we never left Houston? Yeah. It was AWESOME!
Our anniversary gift to each other were a pair of Toms each, and a pair for two children. Toms were once on my Friday Flights list, but my awesome husband got a pair for me for Christmas and I dare say I’ve almost worn them out. Not only are they the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn but they give a pair to a kid in need for every pair you buy. Anywho, it was a great gift.
Now the public transport, Houston has a fairly limited rail system, however if you’re just traveling downtown and the surrounding areas its pretty great. To compensate for the lack of rails there is a very impressive bus system, which I knew little to nothing about before this trip. Well, I did know that if you’re driving you should pretty much avoid the busses at all costs. I was SO impressed with it all, busses and trains were all clean and it was insanely simple to navigate.
Husband pic! (and he says I never take pictures of him!!) We went to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (see the tiny orange sticker on his shirt). I know this museum like the back of my hand, I absolutely love it. They had an Impressionist exhibit (my favorite era of paintings) which we got discounted tickets on groupon for. It was wonderful.
Then it was Astros game time! Bill and I got to know each other while going to our college’s baseball games. We both just LOVE the game and everything that goes along with it, so it was only fitting that we go to a game over our anniversary weekend.
They’ve made some changes to the stadium since last year, the largest one…El Grande, the new scoreboard/monster HD TV. Its nuts.
Taco Bell sauce races. Love!
Seriously, look at his body, it looks broken! I am amazed. Ok so the next part of the game…There was this Padres fan sitting next to us and he started off just a tad toasted. He was a nice guy, chit chatted with us, pretty loud when it came to cheering, not in an annoying way, but in a funny way. So he killed about four more giant beers and ever so slowly drifted off into a deep comatose type drunken slumber. His friend (the guy laughing on the left side of the pic) was gone for a while at which point our entire section began to laugh hysterically and take pictures of him. As you can see here, several people posed with him. Quality entertainment (especially because the Astros were loosing).
Afterwards Bill offered to help the guy’s friend get drunk guy out of the stadium and to their car (I feel I must make note that the friend of the guy was very sober and fine to drive, had he not been I would have called them a cab). This was interesting, the drunk guy could not stand flat on his feet much less walk. Once outside the stadium the friend had to help stop a public urination episode. Then drunk guy, who remember can barely walk, gets mad that his friend won’t let him use the facilities outdoors shakes off the friend and Bill (who is stabilizing him from his back) and begins to run, full force mind you away from us in a perfect. straight. line. It was amazing. Then he stopped and danced around, clapping in the air for us. The friend thanked us profusely for helping him and they went on their way.
And that was day one of our anniversary weekend.
So in honor of Baseball season officially starting today I thought I’d share this pic from back in the day when Lidge pitched for Houston. Sigh, that was a good time. Still, I’m pumped about the new season. A young team means new players with a lot of determination and drive to play hard. Not that older players don’t have that drive, just exciting. EEEEEeeeeeEEEEEE!!!
59 Diner, Photo Booths, Peep-Toe Flats, and diamonds they all relate in my book. This was the day Bill proposed to me, at 59 Diner, in a photo booth, while I was wearing my favorite black peep-toe flats, with a big diamond. I have a romantic love of photo booths so it was only fitting that he proposed there. We also had a photo booth at our wedding, which I wrote about in this earlier post. This was one of my most favorite days. It was Bill’s first time in Houston and I spent the day taking him to all of my favorite places: the Museum of Fine Art, Nundini Italian Imports, The Book Stop on Alabama…and later that night, after the proposal we went to an Astros game. It was a perfect day.
I am not a fair weather fan.
Not in the slightest.
I L. O. V. E. the game of baseball. To those who claim its slow, PSHHH to you. Its called enjoyable. Relax a little. And to those who say football is better. You must be kidding. Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime (or at least it was). Remember that song, “Take me out to the ball game…” peanuts, cracker jacks…come on you have to love that stuff. Unless you have a peanut allergy. In which case you should get a pretzel.
Last week my husband (a die hard Phillies fan) and I were in Philadelphia visiting his family. The Astros happened to be playing the Phillies in a four game series. Did we go? Of course. His pop scored club level seats for the four of us (number four would be Bill’s mom). And yes I dressed completely in Astros’ gear from head to toe.
I am brave, I am loud, I am Astros fan.
If you know anything about Philadelphia, you know that the liberty bell lives there and Philadelphia fans are crazy. They once booed and threw snowballs at a man dressed like santa at a Eagles game. I was at a Phillies/Orioles game last season and the Orioles’ mascot came out onto the field, people threw full beer bottles at him from the third deck! If their teams aren’t playing well, they will boo them. Needless to say, I was a smidge frightened.
I was one Astros fan among 45,000 Phillies fans.
And the Astros were winning, you can see the fans in the back ground, staring me down in anger.
There is also nothing more just…odd than being the only one cheering for a team in a place that large and with that many people. Seriously, I was alone. Phil’s games had been sold out for weeks, and lets face it there aren’t many people who aren’t from Houston and love the Astros.
We tried really hard to get on the mega TV, we even made a sign that said “House Divided”. But the camera man refused to film me because I had too many Astros logos on. In retrospect it was probably for my own protection.
The next inning the security guy, who I’d been playfully bantering back and forth with came down and said, “Do you know who the Astros’ GM is?” I said, “Yeah, Ed Wade, your old GM.” He says, “Well he wanted me to give you this.” Apparently Ed Wade’s box wasn’t too far from where we were sitting and he’d heard me yelling and screaming for the Astros all night. He’d also seen what went down with the camera man. So he gave me this Astros commemorative coin. I looked up towards his box, he waved at me, I waved back and said thank you.
Sorry this is such a horrid photo, I took it with my iphone the day of the game.
So thats my story, it was basically one of my favorite Astros’ fan moments. More photos of the game are below. I’ll also be posting some more about the Philly trip. Photos from the Museum of Fine Art, etc. <3
The kid without the hat caught a foul ball that may have hit me in the face if he hadn’t. Though had he not caught it, I would have. Either way my face was safe.
The club level of the Phil’s stadium has really cool memorabilia in it. With every model anything that we find, we like to imagine its a tiny world and that Bill is a giant.
That ball is hit friends.
Sit amazed at the pitching arm.
I should also note that the Astros, after 16 innings, won this game, as well as all four games of the series. I like to think that I had a hand in that win.
I must first start out by saying that yes I realize the Astros are currently 3-9. I also am aware that they are in last place in our division. I know we’ve never won a world series, and we’re not what you’d call a overall popular team. But we did go to the world series once. And we’re not worst in baseball right now (sorry Baltimore), and we did just win our first series of the season against the Cubs who are third in our division. And you could probably tell, I’m pretty die hard. I love the game, and especially this team. As I mentioned Before, Bill and I got awesome tickets (1oth row behind the Astros’ dugout) from my dad for the third game in a series against the Phillies. And it was AWESOME.
I must also note that as much of an Astros fan as I am with my signed memorabilia, original throwback sweatshirt, etc., my husband is equally if not more so a Phillies fan. So this was a pretty big game for us.
I’d also like to note that historically, even though statistically the Phillies are more often than not a better team (I reiterate, statistically) than the Astros, we usually beat them, at home or away. This year was not the case. The Sunday game was a very thrilling and exciting battle of the Roys (Oswalt and Halladay) and it was incredible.
This is Drayton McLane, Jr. the owner of the Astros (if you wiki him there is a picture of him with the gentleman in the photo below from this very game.) I would really like Mr. McLane to fire our GM.