Opening Night – Make some Memories

It’s opening night for the Sacramento River Cats. There are still seats available. Why not make a memory for your children to hold close and cherish in later years?

I’m an avid River Cats (and Oakland A’s) fan now. But growing up I was a casual fan of the Cincinati Reds. The era? Johnny Temple, Gus Bell, Roy McMillan, Ted Klasuzki, Frank Robinson, Veda Pinson. The venue: Crosley Field. I went to one opening day with my father, and one world series game. Both memories are vivid. When my own children were old enough we bought a 20 game package to the Oakland A’s. Our opening night seats were far down the left field line, high enough so we had to duck passing satellites. But both boys vividly remember the game and both remain baseball fans to this day.

I remember the magic as we walked from the BART station, over the railroad bridge, toward the fence around the center field bleachers. As we crossed the bridge there was The Sound: baseball on wood bat. That unique, strictly baseball sound, and I was so young again. With the crowd we flowed toward the gates, the years slipping away until I was as much a child again as my two sons who walked along with me.

Dave Stewart pitched for the A’s. My son Tom can tell you the details. We bought hats and jackets and hooted and hollered and had a wonderful time, then at the end followed the crowd back to BART and then to Concord and then the drive home, two small sleeping bodies keeping me company.

Magic indeed.

So now it’s your turn to find that special someone, take the child-within, grab a few seats or take a blanket to sit on Home Run Hill, and make some memories. There’s not a bad seat or sight-line in Raley Field. It’s a great place to take children. If they get tired of the game they can play and have a special memory. Pick up a score card and keep score. If you don’t know how then the two of you together can create your own system – there’s no wrong way – and it’ll be even more special. And them, twenty years later, you may get a phone call that starts “Mom, Dad, we’re at the ball park and it’s Opening Day.”

And a connection between generations will be complete.

Play Ball!

2 Comments so far

  1. Ursula (unregistered) on April 5th, 2007 @ 11:56 am

    I was a huge baseball fan all my youth–esp the A’s and the Giants…thanks for the reminder about the River Cats. Hope they have a good opening night–looks like rain!

  2. cd (unregistered) on April 6th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    I heard the fireworks last night and thought for a moment we were under attack before I remembered there was a game!


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