I grew up around baseball. Playing it, watching it, dreaming about it – I was all over it. So many of my childhood memories have to do with baseball. I loved the Toronto Blue Jays so much that my dad flew me out to Toronto with him when he was on business just to check out a game. I won’t forget it. I was probably around 11 years old, too skinny for my XL Blue Jays t-shirt and neon tights wearing a way-too-big for me Blue Jays hat, with frizzy out of control hair peeking out the sides. To top it off, I had big buck teeth and I’m sure my eyes were popping out of their sockets with excitement being in the Sky Dome. This was me. Baseball on the brain. My favourite player of all time (probably my first semi-crush for that matter) was Roberto Alomar. I loved that guy. Guess who hit his very first grand slam when I was watching. And guess who framed all those pictures of his very first grand slam. Yep. My dad. It was a present to always remember an unforgettable memory, which I still have. What a great memory.
So tonight, I took my dad for a belated Father’s Day present to a Canadian’s Baseball game, which is the farm team for the Toronto Blue Jays. What a great atmosphere. As soon as you walk into the stadium, you can’t help but feel like a kid. Already having this feeling, we ordered some hot dogs and a beer (yes, I cheated once again!) and continued to take in the sights and sounds of an old familiar hobby. You’ll never guess who was around the corner signing autographs as we went in search of our seats. Mister Roberto Alomar himself. NO WAY!! Crazy! What are the odds – seriously. My all time favourite baseball player sitting right in front of us! We decided not to wait in the line of over a hundred people to get a picture with him and found our seats instead. But really, that was crazy. I still can’t believe it!
If you’re looking for something fun to do in your city, and a little bit different than what you’d normally do on a weekday night, check out a ball game! One of the best parts is that the tickets are cheap! This game we got seats for $12.50. Try going to a Canucks game for that price – no way. Similar atmosphere and much more affordable for families. Maybe you might just run into the guy who was postered all over the walls of your childhood bedroom. You never know :) (I was such a dork!!! lol) Plus, baseball memories are always some of the best.
Smile with your heart!