baseball + kids = trouble

My family lives close to the Kannapolis Intimidators, a minor league team in North Carolina. Every year my wife’s entire family gets together for a game. This year we’ve had a hard time getting in a game.

In June we planned to see a game together. My wife and I had left our kids at the in-laws (about an hour away) on the day before. The plan was to meet at the game, see some baseball, and take our kids home. About an hour before we were to leave for the game, we got a call that our daughter had her finger slammed in a door and the finger tip had been severed. Dang. Needless to say, we didn’t make the game. As it turns out, my father-in-law works at a lumber yard and has nearly severed his thumb a couple times. He is pretty tight with a hand surgeon, and the doctor put the finger back together very nicely.

With the first game a complete bust, we all decided to try and reschedule. Last night was the night. The usual deal is for everyone to meet for dinner (fried chicken) at 5:45 and then go inside for the game. Yesterday was no different. It was around 90° yesterday afternoon (just about normal for this time of year) and very humid (also normal). First pitch was at 7:05, just after the big thunder storms rolled into the area. I don’t know how much rain fell, but it was a lot. We have two kids – ages 1 and 3 – and my wife’s sister has three – ages 6, 4, and 2. The rain lasted a good 45 minutes, and the kids were going bonkers. Just when it would have made sense to leave, the rain stopped and the skies cleared. Inside the park, the ground crew cleaned up the field. There ended up being too much water in the outfield. After a long delay the game was called around 8:30. Of course they did.

The one perk? – it was a beautiful night after all that rain and they decided to go ahead and shoot off the post-game fireworks. My daughter. who is 3, loved it. It was probably better than seeing the game.

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