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SAINT_MICHAEL 03-31-2011 12:26 PM

MLB Opening Day
 
Happy opening day to all who care! Two questions for baseball fans.

1) Since Louisiana doesn't have a major team (leaving me no local teams to grow up with), who do you root for?

2) What was the first major league baseball game you went to?

Mine is the Mets. I lived in South America for a few years as a teenager and we happen to pick up the television broadcasts of the Mets on the tube. It was the first team I ever got to watch play games day to day, so they stuck.

My first Major League game was the Padres hosting the Cardinals in 1983.

Belair57 03-31-2011 01:00 PM

living in seattle I root for the Mariners, they are like the old Saints of MLB anyway. Im an underdog fan so I gotsta. My first bball game was when Arod came back to seattle for the first time after leaving the mariners for the rangers. I fell in love with all the booooing and fake million dollar bills being throw, it rained fake money every time he got up to bat. Then he took one DEEP and it shut the whole stadium up...LOL

SAINT_MICHAEL 03-31-2011 01:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Belair57 (Post 292164)
living in seattle I root for the Mariners, they are like the old Saints of MLB anyway. Im an underdog fan so I gotsta. My first bball game was when Arod came back to seattle for the first time after leaving the mariners for the rangers. I fell in love with all the booooing and fake million dollar bills being throw, it rained fake money every time he got up to bat. Then he took one DEEP and it shut the whole stadium up...LOL

Ha Ha! Nice first game to see! Good memory. My brother lives in Renton and I've been to a few games in both the old King Dome and at Safeco field. I was really impressed with Safeco. Very nice. It seemed like every place in that stadium had a good view of the field. I was in line for the restroom and I swear I could turn around and see the game.

Srgt. Hulka 03-31-2011 03:27 PM

My first major league game was a Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers at the old Arlington Stadium back about 89-90. I don’t even remember who won the game. Obviosly it wasn't a real impressive game. However, my second major league game was Cubs game up in Chicago. I think they were playing San Diego, but I’m not sure. It was the year that Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa were having the homerun race. A couple of co-workers and I were in Chicago for some classes for my job, and some of the reps took us to the game. It was the first and only time I’ve been to Wrigley Field. I was enjoying the game, kinda soaking in the day and the atmosphere at the ballpark. The park was full. I spent about half the time walking around watching the game from different parts of the park. Sammy Sosa had struck out his first two times at bat. At the seventh inning stretch everybody I was with decided to ”beat the crowd” and head over to a bar across the street from the ballpark. I didn’t want to go, I wanted to stay and watch the game. But since they had the car, I gave in and left with the rest of them. And I can remember the sound to this day, we had just walked through the gates out of the ballpark and we could hear the announcer call Sammy Sosa at bat. I think he took one pitch and let it fly out of the park…and I missed it. The crowd was going crazy. I was pissed. I got to see a rerun of it on the TV in the bar. As Archie Bunker used to say: “Woop-te-doo”. The biggest sporting news in the country at the time, and I had an opportunity to witness a small part of it, and I missed it to go to a bar. Yep, I was pissed. Have not had an opportunity to go to a major league game since. I do look forward to going to another game though. I want to take my daughter to one. She will really enjoy it.

SAINT_MICHAEL 03-31-2011 05:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Srgt. Hulka (Post 292191)
My first major league game was a Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers at the old Arlington Stadium back about 89-90. I don’t even remember who won the game. Obviosly it wasn't a real impressive game. However, my second major league game was Cubs game up in Chicago. I think they were playing San Diego, but I’m not sure. It was the year that Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa were having the homerun race. A couple of co-workers and I were in Chicago for some classes for my job, and some of the reps took us to the game. It was the first and only time I’ve been to Wrigley Field. I was enjoying the game, kinda soaking in the day and the atmosphere at the ballpark. The park was full. I spent about half the time walking around watching the game from different parts of the park. Sammy Sosa had struck out his first two times at bat. At the seventh inning stretch everybody I was with decided to ”beat the crowd” and head over to a bar across the street from the ballpark. I didn’t want to go, I wanted to stay and watch the game. But since they had the car, I gave in and left with the rest of them. And I can remember the sound to this day, we had just walked through the gates out of the ballpark and we could hear the announcer call Sammy Sosa at bat. I think he took one pitch and let it fly out of the park…and I missed it. The crowd was going crazy. I was pissed. I got to see a rerun of it on the TV in the bar. As Archie Bunker used to say: “Woop-te-doo”. The biggest sporting news in the country at the time, and I had an opportunity to witness a small part of it, and I missed it to go to a bar. Yep, I was pissed. Have not had an opportunity to go to a major league game since. I do look forward to going to another game though. I want to take my daughter to one. She will really enjoy it.

Another great (but painful) story. I remember the year of that chase well. I've never made it to Wrigly, but it is high on my list. One of my "bucket list" things (still way too young, I hope, to worry about it now) is to see a game at all the major league parks. I was about half way there until a few teams built new stadiums! Now I'm only at about 12. My daughter made it to her first at 17 months when we went to see the Nationals in Washington.

RaginCajun83 03-31-2011 11:39 PM

Coolest baseball story I have, in 2002 the brothers and I took a trip around the eastern part of the USA. Got to see Astros/Cubs at Wrigley Field and was at Fenway Park a week or so after Ted Williams died and they had his number cut in the grass, to bad the Pirates suck cause they have a nice stadium

breesfan27 03-31-2011 11:59 PM

No MLB teams in NOLA or SoDak. Plus I don't really watch baseball. All I know is, the Yankees suck.

D_it_up 04-01-2011 01:06 AM

Baseball was actually my first love. Growing up in North Louisiana, the closest thing we had was the Texas Rangers, but I wasn't a fan of theirs. Not surprising since I hate all Texas based teams. If I were to root for one, though, it would be the Rangers. The team that I grew up and fell in love with was the Chicago Cubs. Then I became a Saints fan. I must be a friggen' glutton for punishment. I had aspirations of replacing Ryne Sandberg at 2nd base after he retired. That's what I played in high school and he is who I molded my batting stance and fielding from. I am still a Cubs fan to this day. I'm 35 years old, so I guess you could say I've bled Cubbie blue since birth.

Unfortunately, I've never been to a professional baseball game.

papz 04-01-2011 06:46 AM

Baseball was also my first love and still is my favorite sport. I've always been a huge Braves and Rangers fan since they were regularly televised in our region... and the Cubbies to a certain extent. On that same note, I don't limit myself to watching any one team in particular these days... I just enjoy watching good baseball game. I also have never been to a game... but I hope to change that pretty soon. Will probably catch a Astro game this year... just because of proximity.

SAINT_MICHAEL 04-01-2011 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by breesfan27 (Post 292265)
All I know is, the Yankees suck.

:-D


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