Thursday, April 7, 2011

Twas the Night Before Opening Day...

Today was a great day!  Why? Sit down, relax, let me tell you!  I woke up feeling great and "antsy" with anticipation.  I couldn't wait to get to work, I couldn't wait for the day to be over!  Why so much giddiness on a Thursday you ask?  Because today was my Friday.  I'm off tomorrow.  And not only that, tomorrow is Opening Day at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros (who actually won a game today!) will kick off the first home stand of the season.  And I'm stoked! Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my dad, who is a hard-core baseball fan, used to take me and my sister and my two brothers, with him to the Astrodome.  We'd go year after year.  He instilled the love of the game in my brothers and it trickled down to my sister and I. Those were fun times. As we got older and things started changing, we didn't go as often as we used to, but we always managed to make it to at least one game -all of us together.  We don't do that anymore. Things are different now.  But ever the baseball lover and fan of the Astros that I am, I started a new tradition.  About six years ago, the Musketeers and I went to our first Opening Day game and we've been going ever since.  See, the thing is, we don't just go to the game.  Oh no, we make it an all day event.  (hence the reason why I took the day off)  Tomorrow will be no different.  We'll wear our Astros gear and have a nice, leisurely lunch, then head over to the ballpark and partake in the days festivities.  It's like a small street festival. My friend *Gustabo and his band will be playing throughout the day as well! Then finally, we'll go in to the stadium and be ready to cheer and high-five each other and perfect strangers, at all the marvelous plays that the Astros will be making! (We can only hope!)  So you see, that is why I'm as excited as a school-kid on the eve of Spring break or Summer vacation. 

In the infamous words of the late, great, Jim Caray -"Hello again, everybody. It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball."

9 comments:

Cinderita said...

Oh my gosh you are SO cute!! Opening day is a big deal to some..clearly. Love it!

The Restaurant Manager said...

I'm so glad you started a new tradition! Sounds like a great one!! Good for you!!

Belle said...

I love doing stuff like this - take the whole day to enjoy something! I used to see the Dodgers in Los Angeles and the Angels in Anaheim with my brother. A great experience.

David Batista said...

Wow, an Astros fan! I thought you all were a rare, extinct breed. I kid, I kid. :)

I think it's great that you have such fond memories of the sport. And it's also nice that you go on opening day for more than just the game.

Today's game was pretty damn good, although I'm sorry your team couldn't pull one out in the end. But for a wild second there in the 9th, it almost looked like a comeback. That was a beaut of a homer! Too bad Bourgeois had to try and steal 2nd. Wow, what a terrible way to kill the crowd and dash the 'Stros hopes. Ugh!

Still, I hope you and the Musketeers had a great time!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Go Astros! Your energy is popping out of my screen. I'm excited for you and the Astros. They most certainly will win. They better, with you as a fan. Enjoy the weekend, Yvonne.
xoRobyn

Kelley said...

Wouldn't my dad LOVE if you were his daughter?? He looooooves the Astros! Have fun!

Yvonne said...

Rita - lol, yes it sure it!

RM - Me too! I had a great time!

Belle - aww, wasn't that just the best time???

David - We're a "dying" breed that's for sure! lol It WAS a good game until they screwed it up!!! But I had a blasty blast nevertheless! :)

Robyn- Alas, they didn't win! :( But a wonderful time was had by all! :)

Kelley- hahaha! Thanks! Your dad is good man! :)

G said...

I love traditions like this...we have something similar in our family on the start of the rugby season - enjoy I'm sure you'll have fun

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Baseball is the one traditional sport that I can really get into. I think it's because you can make a day of it and not be freezing or stuck inside.