Take Me Out to the Ballgame

View from the Budweiser section

All right, I’ll admit it. I just don’t find baseball that fascinating to watch. I really don’t. Sure, I’ve been to my share of games, but I would much rather go to a (college) football game or basketball game any day.

It wasn’t until 2007 when JG took me to a game at Fenway Park in Boston that I finally knew why they call baseball, “America’s Favorite Pastime”. The bars, the hot dogs, the fans, the chanting, the singing, the passion… It was like a light bulb went off in my head. I just couldn’t relate because I didn’t get that same experience back at home at our games.

Enter the new Marlins Park.

When JG told me this new ballpark would evoke all those same feelings and provide the same type of entertainment, I was really excited yet skeptical. In order to prove his point, he organized for a large group of our friends to attend a game on a weeknight. We bought cheap tickets (Cheaptixnow.com) and met everyone at the park. After parking in one of the garages next to the stadium, we made our way inside the park. I walked through the turnstile and that’s when it hit me… this place is beautiful! The field, the atmosphere, the food stands, the air conditioning! Everything about this place screamed, “Come and have a fun time!”

We grabbed pulled pork sandwiches from the Brother Jimmy’s stand and then made our way to the Budweiser section where we then proceeded to drink and chat with our friends while enjoying the game. My girlfriend and I even made it onto the jumbotron where we proceeded to have a Gator vs Cane moment on the screen. Before we knew it, the game had ended and we were still in our seats. Sure, the girls did more chatting than watching, but the point is we where there… inside the park and having a blast.

So the next time someone asks me if I want to go to a game, it’s a no-brainer. Go Marlins!
Our huge group of friends


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