What a fantastic start to our Fourth of July celebration I enjoyed on Saturday! My fella' and I met our oldest son and his wife and our two grandsons for a Durham Bulls Baseball Game. As you can see from the Bull's Face Book banner they are having an Independence Weekend of Home Games. Baseball for the Fourth of July, why yes America, I think I will indulge!
The grandsons loved having hot dogs...Peter, nachos...Trey and my son and his wife dined on the All American staple...pizza! My husband and I spotted a The Pit BBQ vendor that is famous in our city and indulged in Carolina east coast BBQ,shredded pork...my husband; pulled chicken BBQ, myself. My dashing date for the last thirty nine years also had peanuts and I had cracker jacks...getting ready for the seventh inning stretch!
Additional entertainment was provided by the teams mascot, Mr Wool E Bull...and the 'organist' for the game was as close as hand shaking distance! Fascination was intense as he hit the keys for...da da da dum di dum...CHARGE! The Blue Monster is another 'mascot' of the furry kind who was roaming the stands along with the entire Chick-fil-A squad. I amused my oldest grandchild when he said look behind you Sush and I jumped when I saw the Chick-fil-A chicken right over my shoulder! I do so love to please!
Trey's little league season is starting this weekend and he was ready to catch any errant foul balls coming our way! When did I get to have a grandson old enough to be protecting me from foul balls? He and Pop were busy discussing strategy throughout the game. Did I mention my date for the last 39 years was captain of his high school baseball team and played catcher? It seems he was a player of the exceptional kind!
Peter and his Dad, my oldest, were having a grand time as well. This child of mine played in the State Final Playoff game his junior year in high school! His summer league baseball team even played a game in the old Durham Athletic Park stadium, the one where the movie Bull Durham was made! We do love baseball in this family, no doubt about it.
Peter kept his eye on the big bull across the field. I had been reminded by Peter that when the home team hits a home run the bull's eyes light up and smoke comes out of his nostrils! Every time Peter has gone to a game at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park...lovingly referred to by locals as the D BAP, he has been treated to at least one of those tricks by the bull. Sadly, Sush and Pop must have brought some bad ju ju with us as no one hit a home run. Even sadder our fav-o-rite team only scored one run the entire game. Not to worry Peter...the bull has all summer to be struttin' his stuff like this:
So we've had the baseball, some of the family have covered the hot dogs, I guess that means tomorrow I will be serving apple pie!
God Bless America - Happy Fourth of July