I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the biggest Baseball fan. For the longest time I’ve rarely caught a game on TV or in the stadium, although that’s mainly because I haven’t had any actual TV service since 2009, nor money to purchase tickets. But I never fell completely out of love with it.
I’ve been a Phillies fan since, essentially, birth. While my Dad was never really into sports, my Mom is a die-hard Philly sports fan for life. It’s mainly from her that I draw my sports fandom lineage. The image of her on the couch on a comfy Saturday afternoon, screaming obscenities, whether we were winning or losing, will never exit my soul. By the way she’s the sweetest woman on Earth…..between the moments shouting at the TV.
For me the main thing about my relationship with baseball is how I’m able to consume it, and years ago when I was a kid, my parents took me and my grandfather Mullen to a game. I don’t remember if it was Reading Phillies or Phillies, but I’ll never forget that feeling. I’ll never forget walking into the stadium, crowds of people around us, good food (good enough for an 8 year old anyway), and my family along side me.
Ever since then, baseball hasn’t been the same. Watch it on TV? Meh….sure I’ll tune in for the World Series….but if you aren’t there in person…it’s hard to have that same feeling I felt back in the day. I’ve even gone so far as to say it’s the worlds most boring sport, being 9 innings and no real excitement till the playoffs come. But even then, I always go back to it.
Because in the end it’s not really about the game of baseball itself. It’s about going to the stadium for a day out, eating, drinking, being merry, and being surrounded by family and friends. Baseball wasn’t meant to be watched from a couch.
It’s a reason to get together. While you’re out their spending time with your friends and relatives surrounded by food, there also happens to be a baseball game going on. It’s secondary to important time spent together, and THAT is how I want to watch baseball.
I love the Phillies, and I’m crazy excited for this year. But more than I’m excited for the game, I’m excited for next week when I go to the game with my new friends from work. I’m excited to take my little girl to her first baseball game and teach her how to get a hot dog from the hot dog guy. I’m excited for my wife to be there for her first game too, cuddling up in our seats and talking about whatever.
I love the Phillies, I love my family, I love baseball, and I love how it all comes together.
Happy Opening Day!