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Jul 24, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

last week, my family went out for a night at the ballpark.  reading is home to the fightin' phils (formerly the reading phillies, which, in my opinion, is a much better name for them), and going out to games has been a tradition every summer since i can remember.  this was my first evening out this year, but hopefully it won't be my last.

each season, the park sells "cheaper by the dozen" tickets.  basically, you buy a book of twelve general admission tickets that you can use anytime during the season and they come out to like $4.50 each.  my dad was given two of these books, so we invited aj's aunt and uncle, debbie and todd along as well.

the reading phillies also have some live mascots that show up at each game...this is ruth and judy, the team's two ostriches.

the park is touted as america's classic ballpark...there's a main grandstand as well as seating that wraps almost all the way around the outfield, with the exception of center field.  on the right field line, there's even a special deck with a pool so you can watch the game and swim at the same time.  it's a fun little park, full of a lot of tradition and entertainment.  i actually worked at the phillies as a ticket taker for a few summers while i was in college!

mark's girlfriend wasn't able to join us, but it was fun getting to spend some time with him.

here's debbie & todd...they both also happen to work at our church.  todd is the children's pastor and debbie is the director of creative arts, so she is also my boss.  they're more like my aunt and uncle, though, and they're both on sabbatical all month, so it's been nice spending some time outside of the workplace with them!

and here's my boy...he's the cutest.

there's just something about it getting dark during a baseball game, you know?  i love this game...it's definitely my favorite sport!

and to end the game, the phils have fireworks every thursday, friday, and saturday night!  so it's always best to go on one of those evenings...their shows are really good, too, and since we didn't really get to see any fireworks for the fourth this year, it was fun to snuggle up with aj and watch them last week!

do you live near a ballpark?  what's your favorite sport to watch live?

14 comments:

  1. What a fun family adventure!!! :)

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  2. Love it! I love going to baseball games in the summertime. I rarely watch the entire game (or follow it) but there's just something about the crowd, eating ballpark food, and spending time with family and friends - that's my favorite part! :)

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  3. TheJessaOlsonBlogJuly 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I love baseball games. I haven't been to that stadium that before but really want to go.

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  4. Great pictures! Sounds like a fun night! I went to a few Milwaukee Brewers games when I was younger and lived there....it was so much fun!

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  5. I LOVE going to ball games. I went to our local team (Pawtucket Pawsox) not too long ago and had every intention of blogging about it, but everything else came up and now it's just too late. I totally understand your love for the field and game. Nothing beat a summer night watching baseball.

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  6. I love going to baseball games! Which is weird because I don't really understand the rules and they're so long but it's fun to eat junk food, sit in the sun and sing "take me out to the ballgame". Great fireworks pictures

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  7. I love Reading! I used to shop there for my school clothes every year (at the Cinderella dress shop)! The ball game looks like so much fun. Minor league games are the best--venue wise and atmosphere wise too! Looks like it was an awesome time for everyone.

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  8. That is really cool that they have fireworks every weekend for the minor league teams.

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  9. Gotta love a good ballgame! There's so much excitement + fun in the air, it's hard not to have an amazing time. I live only 30 minutes from Fenway Park in Boston, but we don't go too often anymore because the ticket price. Now we opt for seeing soccer games from the New England Revolutions :)

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  10. oh my gosh! i just was like "how did i not know you were that close to Boston?!" and then I remembered that I did know that, I just forgot! haha....AJ's apartment this year is on Boylston, and he has a back door that literally opens to Fenway. No lie....we always try to go to the box office after the 2nd or 3rd inning...sometimes they sell tickets for like $10 if they have any left!

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  11. really!?! that's awesome! most people have never even heard of reading...haha!

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  12. amen! i love baseball, but I think I love all that you described about games even more than the game itself! haha

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  13. A summertime must! Baseball games are so much fun when you go with fun people!

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  14. Aww... That sounds like it was tons of fun!!! :-)

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