Sunday, August 2, 2015

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Don't you think baseball is always more fun to watch in person than on TV?  Okay, maybe not if it's 100° outside and you're sitting right in the sun, but thankfully that wasn't the case here last night. It was actually 90° and we were in the shade.  ;)

Mr. Forest Manor was offered some tickets at work to the Winston-Salem Dash game last night.  The company he works for has a small suite at the field, and since we haven't gotten around to attending a game at the new ball park yet, we were glad to get free tickets.

We last went to a baseball game about 15 years ago.  I think it was a company night at the baseball game back then too, and our son was still very young.  They had fireworks that night, which was great, but the game went into extra innings (not so great).  I know it's awful, but I remember wishing our team would just go ahead and lose so the game would finally be over.  {:/  That particular game was played at our old Ernie Shore Field back when the team was the Winston-Salem Warthogs.  By the way, I wondered where in the world they came up with the new team name, Dash.  It comes from the "dash" in Winston-Salem.

The crowd size was just right for us -- big enough to make things fun, but still small enough that parking wasn't a nightmare.  If you check out the scoreboard in this picture, you can see that we're down by four runs.  At one point the Dash was down by ten runs, but they came back to put nine runs on the scoreboard before the game was over, and they also kept the Lynchburg Hillcats from scoring any more runs.

We thought we were going to pull out a win, but it was not to be -- final score Hillcats 10, Dash 9.

The game got really interesting when our team started scoring -- some base-stealing and a beautiful home run hit right out of the park.

There was entertainment off the diamond, as well.

Some folks doing the Cupid Shuffle...

Bolt, the home-team mascot, offered to give the umpire a shoe shine.

Unfortunately, the umpire didn't want to pay for the service,

so Bolt showed his displeasure by throwing a chair.

Mother Nature provided her own special show as the sun went down behind beautiful, pink clouds.

The hubsters has a new camera, and he's still getting used to it.

This was a fun capture of the batter hitting a pop-up foul ball.

It was fun to see the city skyline from this perspective.  We had planned to go to the new stadium for the last few years, but our summers just flew by and before we knew it, baseball season was over again.  It was great to finally go last night, and I enjoyed meeting some of Hal's co-workers and their wives.  We all had hot dogs and peanuts (you have to have those at a baseball game, right?)

We were impressed with the new BB&T ball park.  When it was built, it was designed so that most of the seating would be in the shade in the early evening when the majority of the games are played.  Works for me!  :)

"Play ball!"

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you're all having a good weekend; do you have anything fun planned for the month of August?  Before we know it, this summer will be over too, and then we'll be into fall, my favorite season of the year.  Have a great day!



  1. I'm not a great sports-watcher, but generally speaking it has to be better to be there than watching on TV, I suppose. Some sports - eg football (aka 'soccer') and rugby - you actually see more on TV. Baseball isn't really played in the UK (so far as I know) - seems similar to a game we call 'rounders'. England, of course, has cricket - which on TV I find marginally more interesting than watching paint dry, but which is great 'live' - the 'thwack' of willow (the bat) on leather (ball) + a few pints on a village green in summer, with your best girl by your side...perfect! Loved your pics, Denise!!

  2. Great photos capturing the fun of a ball game on a summer night. We went for the first time this summer in a long time, to our new stadium.

  3. Sounds like you had a nice night, love the mascot:@)

  4. Looks like a great night at the ballpark. You took some nice photos! Did you have any Cracker Jacks? That's a lot of runs from both teams. I'm sure that made the game more interesting!
    August, thankfully, is pretty quite around here!

  5. This makes me want take the hubby to a Dash game before the season is over - we are like you - summer just flies by and then we think we will go the next year! The stadium is beautiful though, my department at work rented a suite last year and we had lunch and an afternoon game as a treat.

  6. Hi Denise! I'm not a sports fan but have seen just one baseball game in person and it was rather fun! Looks like you had a great time too. Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope your week is going well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  7. I have been to one major league ball game at Coors Field in Denver to watch the Colorado Rockies play some years ago. So, no we don't watch much baseball. But you had a great time! How is sweet Duncan?

  8. Your pictures remind me of when my son was young and we would spend an afternoon at the ball park, he really loved baseball. I remember so many wonderful summer evenings at the stadium watching the games from my bosses seats, he would make sure we had tickets several times each season. Since I have retired there are no more free tickets. I miss going but the cost is so far out of reach at the major league level that we just don't go anymore.



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