When I grew up in Connecticut, my church would take a summer trip to the now destroyed Shea Stadium once a year to watch the Mets play. My dad would pay, at most, eight dollars for four tickets and we would see the Mets game. Seeing that the tickets were, at most, eight dollars, the seats were usually in the upper deck.
The two times I went to see the Yankees play, again, the seats tend to be far enough away that my dad's binoculars were as glued to him as my glove was to me hoping that David Wright, Carlos Beltran, or Jason Giambi would hit the highest foul ball in MLB History.
After working all this year to save up money for the summer, I decided to travel to Maryland to visit my older sister. After buying train tickets (it was cheaper than flying), I thought about things we could do, like visit nearby Washington D.C. or try the Maryland seafood.
It was during this time that I remembered she lived 20 minutes from Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. Not being at a MLB game since 2008, I had to go to an Orioles game. However, a three straight road series crossed that dream off the list.
Okay, the Nationals then.
I bought the tickets only a couple days before the game, but still found great seats next to the left field foul pole, right in home run territory. After an 8 a.m. wake up and hour long metro ride to the stadium, we sat down in our seats an hour before game time. In that hour, we got up, looked for a game program and got cheese fries (which I almost immediately spilled on my white shirt).
After the pregame Independence Day ceremony, it was finally game time. I can't really tell you what happened though because my sister spent most of the game asking me about players, complaining that the game is boring, and on her phone playing with her apps. Essentially, all the issues baseball faces today with speed, technology, and interest.
Despite the perfect seat for catching a home run ball, Max Scherzer and Junior Guerra were pitching. A lone home run from the Brewers backup catcher about fifty feet away from us and that was the offense of the game. By the end of the game, the Brewers won 1-0, Bryce Harper went 0-for-3, and we took cover with a bunch of Nats fans from the rain.
Though nothing will beat going to the old Yankee Stadium in 2008 and watching a great game ending in a game winning hit from Robinson Cano, any MLB game I go to is always going to be a memorable and fun experience.