Tuesday, August 19, 2008

take me out to the ball game

That's where we were last night - watching the Vancouver Canadians (NWL affiliate of the Oakland As) play the Boise Hawks at Nat Bailey Park. It's close enough to son's basement suite that we walked from his place.

Enroute to the game he took us to Splitz Grill, where we had the finest gourmet burgers ever. Mine was Lentil, all decked out with hot peppers, garlic mayo, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, pickles, red onions, cheddar and Swiss cheese. Yum!

Nat Bailey is a beautiful little baseball park, right in the middle of Vancouver. We got seats ten rows up behind home plate, which gave all the boys (E. son and his roommate) a chance to jeer the ump whenever he made the wrong calls.

Between innings we were entertained by BirdZerk, his offspring BirdZerk Jr. (or something like that) and a few other mascot-type characters. Here is naive-looking Jr. trying to get something going with the plate ump. They were funny enough one didn't want to miss the between-inning shenanigans.

The best thing was that Vancouver won 6-5. That killed all pain - even the fact that the evening turned damp and chilly with rain for our walk back.

Ah baseball - the perfect way to spend an evening in late-summer.


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