Posted By Jeff Fletcher on July 15, 2011 10:41 am
Tomorrow is going to be a very interesting day. The A’s are playing a doubleheader — a real, honest-to-goodness, two-games-for-one-ticket doubleheader. And I’m going. With my 8-year-old. We’re going to just sit in the seats and be regular people for at least 18 innings worth of exciting baseball between the A’s and Angels.
We’ll see how it goes.
I used to love doubleheaders when I was a kid. I probably went to six or seven of them — including one twi-night doubleheader in Pittsburgh in which the second game went 18 innings and ended around 3 am. Now? I’m not so sure. I have been to a lot of baseball games over the past 14 years as a baseball writer. Probably close to 2,000 of them. So the sheer experience of watching a game in person is not all that special for me anymore. I still enjoy it. But I also enjoy being at home with my family.
Which brings me to the only reason I’m going to this doubleheader. My son wants to go.
He’s just started to really pay attention to baseball this season. He’s still not super interested, but he does know a handful of players and he knows the teams. He knows what’s going on in the game. Three strikes. Four balls. Three outs. Nine innings. He gets it. (He also pays enough attention that, during one bad performance by Miguel Tejada on TV, he asked: “They shouldn’t let him play baseball anymore.”) So far I’ve taken him to three games this season and he’s made it to the very end every time, without really complaining or appearing bored.
Two games in a row? We’ll see. Fortunately it looks like the weather is going to be perfect. Low 70s. Just right in the sun. So we won’t have to worry about that being an issue. Hopefully the games are exciting too. Wish us luck. I’ll post a little report after it’s over.