his first baseball game

Last night, on a whim, I brought my son to his first professional baseball game. Well, maybe it wasn’t exactly professional in the true sense of the word for it was the Rays vs. the Twins. My hometown club is terrible. They’re destined to lose over 90 games for the 4th year in a row. But enough about that. Last night the outcome of the game did not matter at all.

I’m fortunate to live close to Target Field, so, at 4:30pm when I noticed the game started a 6:10pm I was able to ask LJ if he was interested. I explained to him that his favorite player, Joe Mauer, was injured and wouldn’t be playing. He didn’t mind. So by about 5:15pm we were on our way. After parking next to one of Minneapolis’ most-popular strip clubs (he can’t read yet so there weren’t any questions, those days will be here soon) we had a 10-minute walk to the ticket window.

At the ticket window I discovered $20 standing room only seats were available. The next cheapest seats were $47. Not exactly family friendly really either way. I opted for standing room only. Though it’s expensive to get into the stadium once you’re in you’re treated to wonderful sight lines no matter where you are.

We started out standing/sitting on a rail in right-center field. From that location I saw a block of empty bench seating in left.

standing room only isn't the best seating option for 5 year olds
standing room only isn’t the best seating option for a 5 year old
after an inning we slid into some seats in left field
after an inning we slid into some seats in left field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We headed over and walked with purpose to a section where we could enjoy some ice cream, talk about baseball and watch David Price shut down the home team to the tune of a 5-1 loss.

 

 

 

 

All in all, it was a great experience for me, and him. We’ll be back. I’m chagrined to write.

There’s always 2015, just wait ’til Buxton is up, right? Right!?

 

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