My daughter-in-law had some extra tickets to the baseball game tonight… so I thought… OK, I can’t focus, not getting work done, and I don’t want to be home alone again, moping and being by myself, so, what the heck? Called a friend, she happened to be free, and I found myself at my first ever live baseball game. Turns out my friend had never been to one of these games either… and tomorrow is her birthday… so it worked out perfectly for both of us. I was glad she could be blessed as well.

We had amazing seats in a reserved section, with a great view of everything. I was glad to root for the home team because their uniforms were blue and white, which reminded me of Israel. So even though the team (Whitecaps) lost, it was still fun. Since it was the last home game of the season, they ended with fireworks… and those reminded me of the races Rich and I went to on July 4th… he always loved the races. I found them pretty interesting, but noisy. I wouldn’t mind going to another race – but somehow I don’t think I’ll enjoy the car races as much without him. Rich loved car racing and somehow, I think I was seeing the race through his eyes, as he would explain about the drivers, the skill, their training, the engines, what the differences were between the cars and races… and just plain laughing at the silliness like trashcan bowling and school buses racing each other. As I watched the fireworks, I remembered the last race we went to, the different music, the closeness we had… wiped away a few tears, and was so thankful for so many good memories. The one thing I really liked about the races, more than baseballl, was that the races always open with prayer… that amazed me and I thought it was pretty special.

Still, it was nice to discover that I like baseball, even though I kept hoping for a hole in one (you, know, where the batter hits the ball and it gets caught and its an out) and a touchdown (where the person on third base reaches home without being out). Sadly, the opposing team got a check mate, with the score 13 to 7 to finish…

The girls were working there tonight, but in a crowd of over 5,000 people, I did not see them. (They both work in the concession stands selling food). So overall, a nice evening was had by all. And I discovered there may be some sports I enjoy watching. Now to find one I enjoy doing, but that is another story…