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I know virtually nothing about baseball. For the longest time I didn’t even know Vancouver had a baseball team, much less that they were called the Vancouver Canadians. Yea! Go Canada! When the opportunity came up to check out a baseball game I decided, sure why not? It’ll fit in nicely with my Summer of YVR adventures and I’m always up for trying something new.
I’ve never watched a baseball game in my life. I played a little in elementary school the same way most others have done gymnastics or played floor hockey in gym class. I even had my own glove because I was too much of a wuss to catch the ball otherwise. I had to get my coworkers give me a quick rundown of the baseball rules before I went.
I headed to the games with a group of other Vancouver bloggers. This was the first event that I was able to make it to and I was looking forward to meeting some local bloggers. We arrived as they were singing O Canada and made it to our seats by the time the first pitch was being thrown. We were seated slightly to the right of the home plate in the grandstand. Tonight the Vancouver Canadians were playing the Eugene Emeralds.
Baseball, as it turns out, is a boring game to watch. At first I was enthralled by everything going on around me, but by the time we hit the 3rd inning I was ready for it to be over. The game was moving slowly and I wasn’t completely sure of what was going on. Megan from Wanderlust Megan was seated next to me and we were pestering everyone around us about the rules of the game and why certain things were happening a certain way.
I went a grabbed a hot dog during (~$5.50 for a small) a quieter inning. You can’t go to a ball game without getting a hot dog!
I was really amused by the guys coming around with beer. Talk about great bleacher service. I was sad that I couldn’t find peanuts or cracker jacks (or maybe I didn’t look hard enough?). Instead, you can get sushi, popcorn, soft pretzels and a number of other snacks.
As the game went on there were funny antics that got the crowd going. Randomly cars and golf carts, all decorated with the Vancouver Canadian emblems drove around the field.
The most random of all disturbances was during the 4th inning with the sushi race. The team’s three Sushi Mascots go head to head in a race around the field. Competing are Ms. BC Roll, Mr. Kappa Maki, and Chef Wasabi.
The music was great. They played lots of classic songs that everyone knows. It got the crowd on its feet and singing along. The guys who came out to rake the field did it to the tune of Cotten Eye Joe and broke out into dance much to the amusement of the crowd. The crowds got involved during the chicken dance as well. Lots of opportunities to have fun and get weird.
As the night went on, as the crowd drank more, everyone got rowdier and rowdier. The Canadians were playing okay and then in the bottom of the 8th, everything changed. Somehow they managed to get 5 runs leaving the Emeralds far behind. The crowds were enthusiastic, cheering loudly, as our team made run after run.
In the 9th, the Emeralds were struck out quickly and before I knew it, the game was over. The final score was 13 Canadians, 7 Emeralds. Yay team!
Want to know something completely stupid that didn’t click for me until the game? I get why people say “the bottom of the 8th” or the “top of the inning”. It’s because of the scoreboard. They’re literally one on top of the other. Duh! Silly me.
All in all it was a great evening. I saw plenty of families out for a night at the ball game. There were a surprising amount of people there that night. I don’t know anyone that watches baseball so it was really nice to see how big a crowd had showed up. Here is a quick video I put together of some of the highlights from the night:
Would I go again? Maybe. If you know me, watching sports isn’t really my thing, but if there is a promise of fun and random things to watch like the sushi race and the dancing rakers, then I’m all up for it. I had a great time while I was there and I’m glad to have experienced this American pastime first hand.
Have you gone to a baseball game? Do you know the rules of baseball?
Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to the game courtesy of YVRBloggers. Stupid baseball observations, excitement over the randomness of things and opinions are all my own.