I thought it was important for this household to celebrate the last Mariners game. It was a tough season, especially since it started with such high hopes, but we love the team nonetheless and my boys are diehard fans no matter their record.
The last game was on Sunday and unfortunately Chris was scheduled to work. I had originally planned on just making hot dogs and watching the game at home with the boys in our M’s gear. That seemed festive enough, but as the date approached, I started to wonder if I should attempt my first solo game with all three boys. Here’s how the brainstorming went down in my head:
Yes, take them to the game!
The forecast called for sunny 70-degree weather.
I found tickets for $6 on Stub Hub because the Mariners were out of the running for the playoffs.
It wouldn’t be packed since most folks around here have already moved on to football.
The start time was 12:10pm, a pretty reasonable time for little kids who still nap.
Safeco Field is a really comfortable baseball stadium.
It was Kids Appreciation Day which meant kids were both welcomed and encouraged. :-)
No, are you crazy?
Chris wouldn’t be able to come with us.
The logistics of managing three little kids at a baseball game is a little overwhelming – the eldest likes to sit and watch, the middle likes to run around, and the youngest is too little to understand where we are or why we would skip nap time.
The fact that Chris wasn’t able to come with us was a tough one to get past, especially since I knew it would be tough for all of us to be at Safeco without him, but I decided he would be proud of us and that the pros definitely outweighed the cons. I just had to do it!
Our adventure started off rocky with a three-year-old who woke up tired. It was the kind of tired that made him sad about everything – he even cried when I put the oatmeal in his favorite bowl. I really needed Grant on board and was concerned about what this would mean for the rest of our adventure. I decided to push through with our plans, despite my concerns, because I would feel bad leaving him behind and I didn’t have too many options besides dropping him off at the hospital with Daddy. David was a big help and we ended up tailoring the trip to Grant, making sure eating and play time were plentiful. It worked and we all had a great time!
It also helped that it was Kids Appreciation Day which meant there was lots of fun stuff for kids. We ran around the play area for a bit, met the Mariner Moose, tried to throw pitches like King Felix, got our faces painted (me and David), and ate frozen yogurt.
Henry was actually easier this time around and much more engaged. He loved pointing to the giant screen and the airplanes in the sky. He also really enjoyed the music. :-)
I did not ask them to do this. These boys have been to so many baseball games…
The highlight of the day, however, came at the end of the game when DAVID WON A PRIZE! After each inning, the Mariners gave prizes away to kids – autographed balls and jerseys, video game gear, front row seats to future games, etc. David kept looking for our seat number on the screen and we shook our heads after each one was announced, “Nope, not us.” Then, at the end of the 7th, the announcer was getting ready to give away the grand prize of that inning – the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Mariners game next season – when a lady holding a “WINNER” banner came to our section. I started to wonder if we could be so lucky…
…and then our seat number showed up on the big screen!!!
I was worried that maybe I had mistaken our seat number (we weren’t exactly in the right spot) and so I quickly whipped out my camera and took a picture – it was totally our seat! David was so excited! He also had immediate questions: How will I know where to go? Will we have tickets to the game? How far away will the catcher be? Who will come to the game?
I hauled the boys to the prize table where we were given instructions on how to arrange which game David would get to throw out the first pitch (basically, we have to work with their office). We couldn’t wait to tell Daddy! (I obviously texted Chris immediately but wanted David to have the chance to tell him personally.)
We are all thrilled for David and can’t wait for next season! This will be a really special experience for one of the biggest Mariners fans I know – he deserves to be appreciated! :-)
When Chris came home, we told him all about our big day and he was just so excited. David later told Nana that “Daddy flipped out.” After some celebrating and settling down, Chris decided to grill some hamburgers for dinner. As he was heading outside David asked, “Do you think we could work on my pitching?” I watched from the window as David and Daddy role played throwing out the first pitch – wave, pitch, picture, and all. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on David’s big game next year! Yippee!