Baseball and Summer

Posted on June 16, 2009. Filed under: Mommy Moments |

One of my favorite things to do during the summer was sit at baseball games eating sunflower seeds and drinking cream soda.  Really.  There is just something about baseball that no other sport has. It’s part sport and part atmosphere.  It’s nostalgic.  It’s American.  It’s summer.  It takes an otherwise boring night in a small town and livens it up.

Every year Omaha hosts the mother of all college baseball tournaments — the College World Series.   Talk about livening things up — the city is abuzz.  

Once the final teams are announced, the fans start streaming in.  You don’t have to watch ESPN to know what teams made it — just look at the license plates entering town on I-80. 

Then the tents start popping up all along 13th street.  There are hospitality tents to entertain visitors Omaha companies have paid to bring and show off for.  There are retail tents where you can find any baseball tee shirt, jersey, or memorabilia.  There are food stands.  And there are parties.  People in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium make thousands of dollars by letting people park on their yards and in their driveways.  It is organized chaos and it is beautiful. 

While you are at the game, you can celebrity watch (Kevin Coster is guaranteed when Fullerton makes the cut).  Some of the kids you are watching play will go on to the major leagues (Joba Chamberlain anyone?) and you have easy access to get autographs.  If you have season tickets, you get to know the families around you and catch up on what happened in the last year.  All the while you have a great view of the Omaha Henry Doorley Zoo.

desertdomeMoral of the story.  If you haven’t made it to a College World Series Game at least once in your life, you should try.  And if you can’t make it this series, at least make it to a baseball game.  Spit a few sunflower seeds for me.


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