At Bat

Oh glorious day. It’s the opening day of the 2011 Baseball season – yay.

What!? Baseball, but I thought you were British? I am. But, get this, we love baseball. Weird as it may be.

It all began in 2005 when Gav and I took our first trip across the pond to NYC. I bought us a couple of baseball tickets and as the Yankees were playing on the road that day we ended up going to see the Mets. How lucky we were. The Mets are definitely the real NYC team (don’t throw stuff – it’s just my opinion) I would liken the difference between the supporters of the Yankees and the Mets to that of Man Utd and Man City.

So we watched the Mets at Shea Stadium.

And I remember so well getting off the subway and walking down the steps, seeing this picture in front of us. It was everything I had imagined with the floodlights and the crowd. They won the game and a new love affair was born.

That’s the thing about a love affair isn’t it. You may be miles apart but the moment you see each other again it’s like time stood still and you are deeply in love again.

So when we went back to NYC in 2008, (we had been in 2007 but that was a January visit = no baseball as the regular season runs from April to September) we got tickets again for the Mets and saw them win again against the Cubs.

And this was the last season at Shea as the club was moving into a new ground at Citi Field.

During the trip in 2008 we were stateside for just over two weeks and watched lots of different games on TV. The love affair was blossoming.

But again we came home and were miles from our love. Then one day in the summer of 2009 I was mindlessly surfing channels through the cable box and found ESPN America and right there in front of my very eyes was a honest to goodness baseball game. All summer long we watched and even looked the rules up online and actually began to understand what the heck was going on.

We were still Mets fans but they were not having much luck and finished really low down that season. Nevertheless we waited eagerly for the start of the 2010 season and again watched with glee.

So when ‘the big trip’ was being planned I once again sorted out Mets tickets. And while I was online doing that the game on the TV was the Giants. Oh, their in San Francisco. Maybe we could go to two live games since we are also going to San Francisco. And the ground at A T & T Park is so pretty!

So I booked Giants tix aswell. Two baseball games, live, in two weeks. 

We saw the Giants lose against the Brewers,  

and the Mets lose against the Brewers!

But we loved both games especially the Giants as it was a sell out crowd, they had given 5,000 Buster Posey shirts away so the ground was awash with orange and because they were doing really well in their ‘division’.

And do you know what happened in the World Series last year.

Oh yeah baby. The Giants won. The players we had sat and watched in awe at the beautiful ground in San Francisco went on to win against the Yankees in the World Series. It was like our baseball story had come full circle.

So we come to this year and because of some upgrade Gav sorted out with the cable company the ESPN America channel is not part of the package we get now………………… Bum.

But all is not lost in these days of the internet and we have signed up to MLB TV. And tonight is the first game of the season. We think we’ll watch the Yankees or maybe the Braves, or maybe both because you can split the TV screen apparently!

I cannot wait. Three hours to go.

Lets go Mets. Lets go Giants. Lets GO.