Take Me Out to the Ballgame

If you read my last post about Pittsburgh, you already know my family’s main reason for visiting involved my mom’s sense of adventure and my dad’s desire to see Los Angeles Dodger victories against the Pittsburgh Pirates. From my previous posts about Petco Park in San Diego, California and my affinity for the underdog, you already know baseball has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Not only am I named after the Brooklyn Dodgers, but my dad has also written a book Legend for the Legendary: The Origin of the Baseball Hall of Fame about whether or not Abner Doubleday invented baseball, and my family has been proud visitors and members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Although there’s plenty going on in my life as I struggle to arrange housing for a fall internship in Chicago, watching the games at PNC Park reminds me of how baseball is always there to remind me to not give up hope and solutions will develop when I least expect it.  At PNC Park, I begin to see that baseball is more than a game.

PNC ParkAs the game begins, my dad eagerly tells me the latest Dodgers stats and relays additional information from his satellite radio. He informs me how the Dodgers acquired a weaker player during a trade. The reason for this is that the trade for a stronger player from another team could not be completed unless the Dodgers also took one of the team’s weaker players. As he eagerly discusses the situation, I know he’s telling me how the game becomes more complicated requiring management to make compromises. It’s not any different than when life hands you both good and bad circumstances. Nothing in life is perfect, but you manage your life the best you can—the same can be said of a baseball team.

Sign (L)My mom takes the meaning of strategy in baseball one step further by talking about the state of mind of baseball players. When Clayton Kershaw throws the first pitch, Gregory Polanco hits a home run and the stadium is buzzed full of energy and cheering. It’s clear Kershaw is shaken and doing his best to recuperate as the team does their best to back him up. Although my dad is the baseball strategist, my mom picks up just as much when she tells me baseball is a mental game as Kershaw struggles to shake off the home run from the first batter in the first inning. This is true of anything in life. What we do depends a great deal on our mental state, which is why during this time I’m ready to be enjoying Pittsburgh to take my mind off of finding a place to stay in Chicago.

Roberto Clemente Bridge 3 (L)My main reason for having an affinity for baseball is more than the strategy of the game. Baseball has been a teacher and a mentor for me, even if I no longer play. As my mom recalls my sister and I eating peanuts as young girls at other ballgames, my dad always remembers our start on the local T-ball team. The only girls on the team, we ran the bases the wrong way and were continually teased by the boys after our first day. To brighten our spirits, my dad took us to see the movie “A League of Their Own,” to show us the time in history when women were professional baseball players when men left to fight in World War II. After the movie my sister asked, “Is it true? Did girls really play baseball?”

“Yes, girls really did play baseball,” my dad responded.

“Is there really no crying in baseball?”

“Don’t believe that. Dodger fans cried for years. Cubs’ fans are still crying,” my dad reassured my sister.

Unfortunately for my family, the Dodgers loose every game as the Pirates sweep the series, and the no crying in baseball fails to follow through when my dad hangs his head while Pirates fans enthusiastically cheer.

PNC ParkLeaving PNC Park, it’s a sad end, but I feel hopeful when I think of all the stories my dad tells me about baseball and I think of the footstool in his office my mom covered with Dodger material. Disappointing as the losses may be, baseball reminds me there’s always hope. After all, it was Kirk Gibson who hit a home run while he was injured that won the Dodgers their first game in the 1988 World Series. Miracles are always possible. Within my time at Pittsburgh, I begin to think my internship for Chicago may not happen, until an unexpected offer for housing comes through. Just when I thought all I could do in was cry in frustration, it turns out there’s still hope after all. And that’s the thing about baseball. There’s always hope even when it seems all is lost. Just ask Boston Red Sox fans.

This post is part of Weekend Travel Inspiration hosted by Reflections Enroute.

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20 Comments

  1. sweetsimpleday

    What a fun time u had!! Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

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  2. banglesandbungalows

    That’s so great that you and your dad share such a beloved hobby like this. It deepens the bond. Not everyone has that, but I’m glad you do 🙂

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Hi Yasmin,
      You have make a great point about having hobbies with family. It helps make our bond and connection stronger. Thanks for visiting!

  3. Carolyn

    despite how the game ended, it sounds like a good experience with your family!

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  4. Ashley

    What a cool day at the park!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

  5. kiki.anne

    I live really close to Cooperstown, but I’ve never actually gone into the Baseball Hall of Fame! Sounds like baseball is a great part of your life-lovely post!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Kiki! I hope you get the chance to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame!

  6. Lenya

    I am a Dodger fan myself and I can tell you there’s a lot of crying over the years as well as getting furious, I still am angry thinking about that game against the Padres back in 2013 when all hell broke loose. Great post, thx for sharing.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Hi Lenya,
      Great to meet another Dodger fan! I feel your pain and joy. It has been difficult and exciting to watch the Dodgers throughout the years, especially now since their bullpen has major ups and downs.

  7. Shybiker

    What a fascinating post! I relate to it for many reasons. First, I love baseball. Second, I agree with you that baseball is more than a game. It teaches us about life. Third, the Dodgers are my favorite team too. I started rooting for them when Manny Ramirez joined from the Red Sox.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      You’re a Dodger fan too! That’s AWESOME! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my posts and I’m so happy we’ve connected. I also think it’s wonderful someone else thinks of baseball as more than a game. 🙂

  8. What a great post – love the pics!

  9. Sybil

    that’s so cool to see!! thanks for sharing!! 😀

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

  10. elabellaworld

    Sounds like a really great experience. I’ve always wanted to watch baseball games even tho I am not into it. xx

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I highly recommend it! Baseball can be a lot of fun once you learn the strategy behind it.

  11. debbie

    I love reading about other baseball experiences! Thanks for sharing your baseball adventure!

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks! I’m glad you have baseball memories of your own to share!

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