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Take me out to the ball game
Posted Oct. 5, 2007

Marilee Lorusso
Editor in Chief

The scent of hot dogs in the air, the crunch of peanut shells under my feet, the loud cheers all around, the bright lights hovering over the field and the anticipation in the air in hopes that the home team would win: This describes one of my favorite places to be.

I spent as much time as I could at baseball games this summer: Dodgers, Angels and even the Quakes. What can I say? I love everything about going to a ball game. From the hot dog that you can only get at the ball park to the beach balls and cheering in the crowd, I enjoy it all.

The best part, of course, was seeing the home team end the night victorious. I have always liked baseball, but of course, I love going to games and seeing teams play live. It has to be one of my favorite things to do during the summer.

This past summer, my friends and I went to as many Angels and Dodgers games as possible.

I had the opportunity to head up to Oakland to see Curt Schilling almost pitch a complete game no-hitter for the Red Sox and down to San Diego to see the Dodgers face off against the Padres, which was such a cool ballpark to visit because there was so much going on around the game itself.

On top of that, the Dodgers/Padres series is always a fun one to watch.

There were also some great match ups I got to see including Brad Penny for the Dodgers against Jake Peavy of the Padres. And of course, I can’t forget: Barry Bonds. You better believe I went to at least one of the games of the San Francisco series.

I was hoping to be one of the lucky fans to see an event that would go down in baseball’s history. Whether people like him or not, he brought excitement to the season with the chase of Hank Aaron’s coveted home run record, and he became associated with the controversial topic of steroids in Major League Baseball (which is a topic for a whole other column.)

It was amazing to see how so many people came to see Bonds play at Dodger Stadium, whether they were a fan of his or not. There was so much talk about what Dodgers fans would do if he did hit it in L.A. A lot of people got there early to get a glimpse of Bonds and hoped to be there when he broke that historic record.

The craziest part of the game was that I was blinded every time he came up to bat by the seas of flashes from all of the cameras that went off. I was hoping to witness history myself, though catching that ball wouldn’t have hurt considering the bills that await me after graduation.

One of my favorite games was a day game at Angels stadium. The game was exciting, but the heat was completely unbearable. My boyfriend, his little sister and I stuck through and lasted the whole game in the direct sun without melting. We also had some help from a little boy with a squirt bottle.

That day, we sat in the pavilion surrounded by Detroit Tigers fans. Rather than being annoyed, like I thought we would be, it ended up being an entertaining game as all of the Tigers fans in our section (who were actually from Detroit) banded together and started singing their high school’s alma mater. The best part was just being there and taking in all of the fun parts of the game.

My point is that it’s the history, the excitement and the rivalries that make the game so much fun. Whether it’s doing the wave or booing the visiting team, it’s all in fun and it is what makes me a fan.

It is such an exciting time right now with the postseason in full swing. I can’t wait for the rest of this season and to see how everything concludes, but I am anticipating what next season will bring.

As for me, hockey is next up on my calendar. Let’s hope the Kings can get it together and give us an exciting season.

Marilee Lorusso, a senior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at mlorusso@ulv.edu.