Saturday, July 5, 2008
4th of July and Yankees Baseball
We spent the Fourth of July at Yankee Stadium taking in Lilypad Princess' first baseball game. Because of the split baseball loyalties in the Lilypad, it made sense that LP's first game would be one of the biggest rivalries in sports - the Yankees and the Red Sox. Jumpin' J and his parents came with us for J's first trip to Yankee Stadium as well, although not his first baseball game.
We had amazing seats in Monument Park, right on the field level, in front of the visiting team's bullpen. These seats are great for a 1 and 2 year old because there is plenty of room for them to walk around and play when they get tired of sitting.
Lilypad Princess quickly figured out what is important at a baseball game - the food. She started off the game with a giant pretzel, moved on to a hot dog, then some lemonade, and finished off the day by sharing Cracker Jacks with the father and son sitting next to us.
Around the 4th inning she decided it was time for a little break and fell asleep on Lilypad Dad's lap for 30-40 minutes and woke up refreshed and ready to cheer for the Yankees again.
The game stopped for a while due to a rain delay. Lilypad Princess wasn't too happy when the rain started and got her new hat all wet, but quickly decided that rain delays could be lots of fun. We stayed in the Monument Park area even after everyone else cleared out and she ran up and down the length of the seats splashing in the puddles. She made friends with the police officers and security at the bullpen gates and one of them gave her a ball used by the Yankees.
While she was running around, she slipped in one of the puddles and fell. She wasn't hurt but she did scare herself and started crying. A couple of the Red Sox pitchers in the bullpen behind us waved to her to try to make her smile (the two sitting). After the game was over and I was throwing out the trash, one of the pitchers brought a couple of balls over to a security guard and told him to bring it over to the little Yankee fan. The security guard gave LP her second ball of the game and one to Jumpin' J as well.
Although Lilypad Princess and I were disappointed with the outcome of the game, it was a great introduction to baseball and Yankee Stadium for LP. I really wanted to make sure that we got her to the Stadium this year since it is the last year (there were only 36 regular season home games left after ours) and it is such a special place to Lilypad Dad and I.