Monday, August 1, 2011

Baseball (and Other) Stuff

Two weekends ago we attended the Bastian Summer Picnic. It was excellent! They had a caterer who whipped up a feast including cheeseburgers and BBQ chicken, mac and cheese, potato salad and yummy desserts. They had multiple bounce houses, about 10 giant ice chests filled with anything you could want to drink, fans to help keep everyone cool and games!
Michael and James (the other newbie) teamed up for the Corn Hole Tournament. Word to the wise, Corn Hole is HUGE in Indiana. Everyone has their own equipment and everyone practices all the time for just such an occasion as a tournament. Anyhoo, Michael and James were pitted against the big boss - Bastian Jr. himself and his lovely wife Nan in the first round. Wouldn't you know that Mikey and James spanked them?! They ended up taking 3rd place.
Last weekend, on a whim (because Mike got out of AutoCAD training early), we hopped in the car and drove to Cincinnati to see the Reds take on the Giants. We had originally decided against going because it is so hot and humid outside all the time here but we couldn't resist the siren's call.
Here is the Great American Ballpark! Below is one of the mosaic murals they have inside the park.
Our seats were amazing! Things are so much cheaper here - we got basically front row seats for what we would have paid for view reserve in SF...
We got to see the Giants up close and personal doing things like the fist bump :)...



The Panda blowing a bubble with his gum...

They were so close I could have reached out and touched them (had I wanted to leave in handcuffs)...

The Giants ended up losing and we were both puddles by the 13th inning but we did get to see the Red's Chapman pitch - he consistently pitches over 100 miles per hour! They call him "The Cuban Missile"! It was outstanding - although way too hot. We are in agreement that baseball in SF is so much more enjoyable to watch.

2 comments:

Sharee and Arthur said...

Looks like fun guys! You should have reach out and touched "Bumgarner"...what a name! Love you guys!

Scott and Kim said...

that looks like so much fun! So glad you got to go and support your team in another stated!