Hello! Today, Koa and I drove up to Arlington to catch the Angels play the Rangers. I didn’t have any Angels gear to wear (in support of my brother and his favorite team) so I wore my Dodgers cap. 😀
I was excited to see future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols play, but it was a coincidence that Yu Darvish would be pitching for the Rangers. And we got a treat because Pujols cranked a line-drive homer to left field in the first! Other than that, Darvish pitched well, but the Rangers just couldn’t score any runs for him.
We had a good time, and it was worth the long 3-hour drive up to see a major league game.
Today, Bay and I visited the traveling Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit which is in Round Rock, just 20 minutes from our house. The displays were way better than I was expecting. We got to see Babe Ruth’s last home run baseball, Roger Maris’ bat that hit the home run to break Babe Ruth’s single-season record, Harry Caray’s famous glasses, and much more! I was pretty blown away at the history that was able to be displayed.
In addition to those items, there were VR activities, like experiencing the 2016 World Series at the ballparks in Chicago and Cleveland, and riding along in the victory parade. It was really cool.
And a little bit more fun was that I made my own silly Hall of Fame plaque, which you can see below. 😆
I highly recommend a visit to the traveling Hall of Fame if you get the chance.
Today we made a trip up to Dodger Stadium to visit the new museum. There are lots of really cool things to see for Dodger fans. We enjoyed it a lot. We got to see a bunch of historical jerseys that were worn during no-hitters and other memorable games, plus a cool Vin Scully exhibit with the headset he wore for the final game, the game notes, line-up sheets, and scorecard. They also had a few broken game bats which were cool to pick up and see just what a real MLB player’s bat is like. I loved it!
Later in the day we had a bite to eat at Mercado La Paloma. It was great to get some delicious Mexican food and hang out with my family. I highly recommend the Chichen Itza restaurant. Yum!!
It’s already nearing the end of October, can you believe it? This month has flown past. Seems like just yesterday the month started, but now Halloween is almost here. 👻 As you can see from the photo, Koa is already prepared with his unicorn costume. Not sure what made him want this particular outfit this year, but I think it’s pretty cool and unique.
As for myself, I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but a couple of friends will be coming over for Halloween 🎃 to hang out, and they are planning on wearing costumes, so I need to figure something out. But my mind is a blank, once again. Hmmm… I need to brainstorm a bit, don’t I?
Tonight we watched game 1 of the World Series ⚾️ between the Cubs and Indians. I am rooting for Cleveland this year, mainly because a good friend of mine is a big fan. And they had a big win this evening! I’m sure the Cubs will battle back, though. It’s got the makings of a great series.
Today Bay and I watched the Dodgers begin their playoff run with a win against the Nationals. I get so stressed-out watching the games, but tonight I was ok. Even though it was a close game, it wasn’t as bad as before…
A couple of years ago I was so disappointed in how the Dodgers did, that I swore off watching or following any baseball. I just couldn’t deal with the stress! I know it’s so irrational… getting upset about a team losing when you don’t actually have any connection with them at all. I still don’t understand it.
But I thought, the heck with it! I’m not sure why I have that stress, but I don’t need it. So I did the one thing I knew to remove that stress which was to quit following baseball.
I think my baseball blackout lasted for a season, but this year I started watching again. What helped me change my outlook on the games was watching my son Koa play little league. I learned to let go of the final result of the games.. you win some and you lose some, right? And even when the team lost, they still had smiles after the game. Sure, they wanted to win, but they focused on the fun they had on the field and in the dugout, and not on the final score. It seemed like the adults and coaches were more disappointed than the kids were! I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I think there is some absurdity in that situation.
So now when I watch an MLB game, I try not to put so much value on the winning or losing, but rather appreciate the great plays and the athleticism.
Tonight I enjoyed the game a lot, but I still had a little stress. I had to watch the 9th inning from a distance, while washing dishes. Funny, huh… But now there is an emotional distance as well, and it makes watching my favorite team enjoyable again, win or lose.
I hope you had a nice Friday, and let’s have a great weekend!
Well, the weekend is almost over, and so is the career of the legendary Vin Scully. If you aren’t familiar with Vin, here’s a nice story from NPR:
Today was his final game broadcasting for the Dodgers. ⚾️ I posted the other day about him, so I don’t have a whole lot more to add but maybe just a few of the memories I had of growing up a Dodgers fan:
Enjoying a Carnation chocolate malt and using those little wooden spoons to try to carve a piece of that frozen treat
Grilled Dodger Dogs with spicy brown mustard and raw onions
Sitting in the bleachers under the hot sun, watching Dusty Baker and Lee Lacy in the outfield
Top-deck seats were $4, Reserved seats were $6
Taking the Stadium Way exit from the Harbor Freeway
The stadium organ, played by Helen Dell, and later Nancy Bea Hefley as we found our seats
I’ll end this post with some of the music of old Dodger Stadium, and the final sentence of his last broadcast:
“I have said enough for a lifetime, and for the last time, I wish you all a very pleasant good afternoon.” 🎙⚾️🎹🎵