June 5th, 2005

little review

Poem for Sunday

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Today younger son had his second-to-last soccer game of the season (they won, 6-0) and after some brief shopping en famille, we picked up my parents and went to the Frederick Keys-Kinston Indians game with tickets my children had won for excellent Hebrew school attendance. The extremely limited number of other children there with good enough attendance records was somewhat surprising, though maybe many of them simply did not want to attend a minor league game for a team that isn't playing so well, as they demonstrated this evening. I came within one pitch of seeing a grand slam -- by the visiting team -- but the pitcher threw a wild pitch and the guy on third came home on that, so when the batter hit the next pitch out of the ballpark there were only two men on base...that's the kind of game it was! The first baseman also committed two consecutive errors. Looking at my scorecard, I can see that I don't even want to count the number of strikeouts in the seven innings of the first game -- it was an evening double-header due to rain last night, so they played only seven. Which was probably merciful.

Harry Grove Stadium is a fun place to watch even mediocre baseball, though -- extremely family friendly, decent grilled chicken (and hot dogs, of which my older son ate two plus a bag of peanuts, ice cream, french fries...he must be having a growth spurt), Ben and Jerry's, lots of goofy promotions between innings from t-shirt launches to people trying to win things by pitching rubber chickens into buckets (with the successful throws replayed on instant replay!) My son wanted to get one of the big foam "#1" fingers, and when we found out they cost $5 and declared no way, he announced to the hawker in the stands, "That hand costs an arm and a leg!" We were sitting next to the loudest kid in the stadium -- who for a change was not my younger son, but a first grader with the loudest voice in the history of first graders, and everyone in the stadium was howling as he mispronounced the players' names.

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