Take Me Out to the Ball Game

We missed the opening weekend of the college baseball season for good reason – a wedding, so this weekend we bought tickets for the Hurricanes v Gators series in Gainesville, but this series always seems to take place on the coldest weekend of the year and Friday night’s game was no exception.
With the game tied 3-3 and the temperature at 38° at 9:47, the primary concern…no extra innings! And as much as we were cheering for the ‘Canes and wanted a win, I can’t say we were too upset when the Gators won on a walk off hit in the bottom of the ninth. I’m not sure how much longer the long underwear, hats, gloves, and blankets could have protected us from the cold and wind.
Take me out to the ball game
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack
I don’t care if I never get back
Let me root, root, root for the Hurricanes
If they don’t win it’s a shame
For it’s one, two, three strikes
You’re out at the old ballgame
~Jack Norworth, 1908
Yay! It’s baseball season, and next year this game will be in Miami. I bet the temperature will be at least 20º warmer so we won’t need to bundle up…and extra innings won’t be a problem!
Can you believe this pile of clothes and blankets I used at the game on Friday?

Play Ball!

February 14th, the day we’ve been waiting for since June. Sure Valentine’s Day, but more importantly, Opening Day of the college baseball season. This year we traveled to Miami for the big day to watch the Canes take on the University of Maine Black Bears.

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Game one saw the Hurricanes take advantage of Maine’s opening night jitters, walks, and errors. Game two, Bryan Radziewski struck out seven of the first ten batters and a total of ten batters in five innings…not bad for the first start of the season. Then Sunday’s starter Andrew Suarez fanned another ten and finally the Canes bats warmed up with a dozen hits, half of them for extra bases for an 11-2 victory.

Of course, UM won all three games. That was inevitable since UM was playing UM in this series. Unfortunately for the University of Miami’s UM fans, the winning UM on Saturday was the team from the Pine Tree State, not the one from the Sunshine State.

We’re planning a future trip to Miami to watch the Canes this season and the calendar’s marked for trips to Stetson and UCF for games in March and April. We’ll be checking the TV listings for televised games and WVUM will be playing in the background most weekends throughout the spring. After all, it’s college baseball season!