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Take me out to the ballgame…

I love me some baseball. And since I’ve been playing softball, I enjoy watching games even more. However, I don’t really have a team allegiance. Being from Southern California, I used to go to Angels games frequently but I enjoyed the experience more than the actual team. I’m one who tends to root, root, root for the home team – and being in New York with two home teams, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get to some games. In the process I’ve accomplished something from my 34 before 34 list: 26) Go to a Yankees game

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Hi, I’m in the Bronx.

Many of my family members and friends back in California are fierce Angels fans and have sworn to disown me if I became a Yankees fan. But the fact of the matter is that I’m a baseball fan… I never claimed to be some die hard Angels fan. Plus, my dad grew up a Yankees fan… so I didn’t feel too bad rocking a hat from the Evil Empire. And when he won the game with a walk-off homer, I gladly joined the crowd in the “I-CHI-RO” chants.

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Come on, I look great in hats…

It was pretty awesome… and my favorite part was after the victory, they play Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” It doesn’t get more Big Apple than that. Yankee Stadium. Frank. Victory. I could have cried. Another one of those moments that made me relish in the fact that I live in the greatest city in the world… and I’m freakishly grateful.

BUT because many of my friends here say that Citi Field is far superior to Yankee Stadium, I had to give the Amazin’ Mets a go.

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Hi, I’m in Queens.

The major downside of Citi Field is that it is in Queens… and it took me about an hour to get there from where I live. (Yankee Stadium is 5 stops away from me on the B train). It definitely felt more like a theme park with the chain eateries and sponsorships everywhere (um, is that a Verizon store in there?)… but they did have a ridiculously good beer selection and the place was fairly immaculate. Yankee Stadium didn’t have all the bells and whistles… but because it’s new Yankee Stadium, it didn’t really have the charm of an old-school ballpark either. So really, it’s a wash.

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See? Good in hats.

I enjoyed both of my experiences immensely and I can’t wait to get back to more games. My allegiances are with both teams… can’t say I like one more than the other (though with Matt Harvey pitching for the Mets, I can be persuaded… meeeeowww). You can call me a bandwagon fan all you want… but I enjoy walking around this city wearing a Yankees or Mets cap. While I may never be considered a real New Yorker (whatever that means), I sure do feel like one rocking these logos on my head… and meaning it.


Root, root, root for the home team…

About a year ago, I was still fairly new to NYC and jobless and virtually friendless. Networking was my life and before I even moved to the city, I had joined my alumni association’s NY Facebook group. One fortunate day, someone posted a request for girls interested in playing softball… and thus began my life with the Aggressive House Spiders.

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Team Jersey… of sorts

I have never played organized (or disorganized, for that matter) sports in my entire life. Though I wanted to join various activities in my elementary days (oh, how I longed to be part of a team), I was denied by the Folks. Perhaps it was the plight of being the youngest of 4 kids (most extracurriculars had been exhausted on the older siblings)… but I didn’t get to do most of the activities kids did… no Girl Scouts or AYSO soccer… but I had a very happy and fulfilling childhood… so no harm done. HOWEVER, my athletic prowess is severely lacking.

So I decided to get out there and join the softball team. What was the harm in trying? Plus, I figured it would be a great networking opportunity… and fun… probably?

I immediately felt at home with the Spiders. They were welcoming, encouraging, and funny as hell. It didn’t matter that I could barely get to 1st base or that I have no business being in the outfield. I still got high fives and helpful tips to improve. And it was nice being a part of a team… I think I’ve mentioned before my penchant for “belonging.”

I learned that I really do like to play softball… I’m still terrible, but I enjoy getting out there and trying. Even taking a fly ball square to the forehead hasn’t kept me off the field. Yeah, that was awesome. I even decided to invest in a pair of cleats… in hopes of building enough traction to get my slow ass to 1st (at least until I can hit the ball better).

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So legit.

But more than a bit of physical activity every week, I’ve gained a strange and wonderful family… whether it’s getting advice on guys from Grant and Scott, or getting job leads from Danilo, or political lectures from Patrick, or super awesome true-definition-of-friend-ness from Chrissy, or just fantastic post-game conversations over MANY pitchers of Bud Light… these people are amazing and I’m so glad I answered Danilo’s Facebook post.

Tonight, I start my 4th season with the Spiders. And though I see many of my teammates outside of the ZogSports realm (and some players have come and gone – we miss you, Trisha and Octavio!), it will be great to come together as a team after a few months off…. and hopefully string a few W’s together. But if we don’t… pitchers and wings and nachos after the game will be enough for me. We may not always win on the field, but we always win at the bar… GO SPIDERS!

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Walter getting into the Spider Spirit

Blog song title: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
Photo credit: Nathalie (my roommate), me, Nathalie again


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