Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th of July and Yankees Baseball

4th of July and 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.

Her First Yankees 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.

I can see, can you?

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.

First baseball pretzel

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.

Just a little nap

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.

Not happy about the rain on her new hat

Rain Delay

My Ball Momma!

Her first baseball

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.

The Visitors bullpen behind our seats

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.

Daddy and Daughter already at odds over baseball


Jumpin J's Mom said...

We had such a great time!!! And since we are Red Sox fans we were thrilled with the outcome of the game ;)! Thanks for inviting us and we hope to see you again soon!

LilysPopSteve said...

Geez, I guess maybe LP will always remember the nice "Red Sox Pitcher", who gave to LP her very first major league ball.....

Lilypad Mom said...

Actually PopPop, her very first one was from the Yankees. But I'm sure we'll remember how nice those two guys were.

twithhoney said...

Lilypad Dad was very brave to wear that jersey and hat at Yankee Stadium but it sounds like you didn't encounter any negative behavior. Maybe it was because LP Princess was just too, too cute in her Yankee's gear.

Buby & Bleu said...

Wow, what an experience. And great photos to remember it. I especially love the blurred one with Daddy. I'm glad her first big game was Sox / Yankees.

Blue House Mom said...

Sounds like so much fun. Her little Yankee outfit is adorable. Love the photos. What a great first-game for LP.