Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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The smell of stadium food at Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, the roar of the crowd and the awesome sound of the crack of the bat- I’m not sure who enjoyed it more? It was Hannah and my husbands first MLB game, and a second for me.  A great example of living life in “moments” not years. I could have watched them as much as I watched the game. I hope it was a moment that they will not soon forget.

Amazingly enough, I still felt a little emotional when we all sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” there is just something about thousands of people being on the same page. Only at an athletic event does this usually transpire. I’ll take it.

There was not much scoring during this game against the Miami Marlins. As a matter of fact, no one scored until the top of the ninth inning, but MLB games are just as exciting in between the change ups. There is just a lot of things going on around you – sights, smells and my husbands favorite, people watching. I think they learned a lot about being intoxicated on the upper deck. My daughter even commented how there were some very unwise choices going on. She is a visual learner, so – I’ll take that too.

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I’ve decided that whether you have a boy or girl? A baseball game is the perfect place to share your thoughts. We watched as Chris Johnson got thrown out of the game for his attitude..there were consequences. When you hit a few fouls? there is room for another chance…aaah… sounds a lot like “grace” don’t you think? The seventh inning stretch? well, that’s where you get your “second wind” you get the picture… we could learn a lot more from a baseball game than you think.

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I shared with her my favorite quote from Warren Spahn..Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing…. Everything has a balance, such as we have to have in this life.

When there were absolutely no scores on the board, she asked if they had “overtime” (chuckle)…. I explained that they were given extra innings until someone scored first. We don’t always get the extra innings in life, that’s why we have to make every moment count like it is the bottom of the ninth and the bases are loaded. Make your moments count….go down swinging.

Yes, baseball was very much a learning experience. Life learning. Even if you are not a baseball fan? I highly suggest having the experience. Check it off of your bucket list if you have one. Today,  I leave you with another one of my favorite quotes by the famous Hank Aaron…

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

That’s it…. just keep swinging my friend.

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