Friday, May 28, 2004

Scanlan on the Lynx 

Sadly still subscriber content, but Wayne Scanlan has a marvelous column on the joys of attending a ballgame on a sunny day, specifically the Lynx in this case. Some of the highlights:

"A sun-kissed afternoon, with school kids happily running amok in a perfect outdoor stadium. Quality players, many on their way to the big leagues, engaged in the beautiful summer game. Baseball luminaries lingering in the background, sharing wisdom gleaned from thousands of games they've played and monitored."


This is part of the allure of International League baseball, watching the stars of tomorrow learn their craft. A fan sitting up in section FF, just up and over from home plate, gets it.

"I don't understand why more people don't come out," he says to a guy carrying a hot dog back to his seat. "I've watched players like Manny Ramirez, Chipper Jones and Ryan Klesko play here, and you can't beat the price."

It wasn't me who said this, but it could have easily been. The baseball fanatic in me struggles to understand how attendance could be in the state it is. The baseball fanatic would buy season tickets. The part of me that's stuck in a busy life, and that has only been to 2 games so far this year, can unfortunately understand.

A lot of people don't find time for baseball, what with family activities that run from soccer to baseball to karate to dance to music to year-round hockey to gardening. When a body takes the time, slows down, plunks down in a blue seat to soak up the detailed brilliance of baseball played well, it's good for the soul.

And the blood pressure.

Amen to that Brother Scanlan!!

Those are just a few of the highlights, but the whole column is well worth the read if you can get your hands on a copy of today's Citizen. He does a great job of conveying the ballpark atmosphere that I love.

It's horribly sad to me that we may lose the Lynx. Attending a ballgame is one of my great loves. Walking through the enterance and glimpsing the perfect green field never fails to bring a smile to my face, and make my heart race, if only for a second. It'll indeed be a sad, sad day if the Lynx leave. If you're a ball fan, go now, you won't regret it.