A Fun Night Despite a Canceled Game
I was at the ballpark with my friends last night, and we waited there the entire two plus hours before the game was canceled. Believe it or not, we had a pretty good time.
Actually, one of my goals this year was to be at at a game with a rain delay, because it seemed as if it would be a fun experience. Only the die-hards stick around, and when the game resumes, the crowd is smaller and more intimate. Be careful what you wish for, I guess; the game never even started.
A couple of observations:
Nobody, I mean NOBODY, was permitted in the seating area. I suspect the stadium staff wasn't allowing it for safety's sake, but that meant we became tired of standing pretty quickly. The solution: everyone just plopped down where they were on the concourse. It was hilarious to see all the small groups sitting in circles on the concrete along the concourses.
The humidity and rain made the popcorn and nachos ridiculously stale. I mean AWFUL. Ordinarily, we'd have taken them back. But in this atmosphere, it was more relaxed, and we just continued eating them, cracking stupid jokes about them. (Sample joke: "My gum has more crunch than these nachos.")
I didn't really hear a lot of grousing, which is probably why it was festive. I suppose the complainers just left or didn't even show up. If you stayed there that long, it was your own damn fault. So, how can you complain?
True, they weren't very forthcoming with helpful information, but a couple of times they looked out for us. At least twice the skies looked to be clearing up, and we'd get an announcement to please seek shelter under the mezzanine. Sure enough, a few minutes later, another nasty storm surge would hit us; so they clearly knew it was coming and gave us a heads up.
This message, posted for all to see on one of the large screens in the stadium, was a gem: "Thank you for sticking with us. The current weather system be passing soon. Thank you for your patients." But they quickly corrected that misinformation. (I took the picture above seconds after they fixed one part of the screen message but before someone fixed the spelling of patience.)
The biggest disappointment: They announced the postponement right after we ordered a yummy cocktail. Then, five minutes later the skies cleared up.
I did see it published that we're allowed to transfer last night's ticket to another game in the season (if available), so that's great if you weren't able to make today's afternoon game. I haven't called yet to do so, but I'm curious if anyone's tried yet and if so, how easy it was. Let us know.
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