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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Is it Half time yet?

*I may need an editor for this blog: It's July 4th, and I TiVo'd the game and just started watching it. Wakefield is pitching today, not Julian, and as you all know by now, it's a day game, not a night game. Any volunteer's for the job?*

I actually heard my wife, who is married to a man who watches a minimum of 162 baseball
games a year, ask me that question tonight. Can you tell she's not exactly a sports fan?

Took the family to the local minor league game, featuring the home team Burlington Royals vs. the Princeton Devil Rays. Thought it was a weird coincidence that the Sox started a 3 game set vs. the Tampa Bay Devil Rays tonight.

Anyway, it was quite the experience, and reminded me why I haven't taken the family to a Red Sox game yet. We get there, get our hot dogs and drinks, grab a seat and 2 minutes later a guy walks by and gives Rakes a ball hit out during batting practice. A very nice gesture by a total stranger and Rakes gives him a "nank nu" for his trouble.

Not long after, the Royals mascot, some undetermined animal named Bingo comes by and pretends to try and steal Rakes's hot dog: for the next 2 hours, every 3.7 seconds or so, Rakes would ask "Bere is Wally?" Try as I might, I could not get the boy to understand that Wally was in Boston and Bingo was who he saw. By the end of the night we had finally gotten to this point: "Bere is Bingo Wally?". I guess it's progress.

In the top of the 4th, I took Rakes to the restroom and saw the picture that accompanies tonight's post: above the urinal's are paintings of the jersey's of the player's who have come through the Burlington organization over the years. Prior to this year, they were the Rookie team of the Cleveland Indians before being bought by the Kansas City Royals.

As I showed Rakes Manny's jersey I tried to get him to go to the bathroom: he kept shouting "No Daddy: Dat Maaaanny's pottie", like only Manny could use it. We finally settled on Jim Thome's urinal as an acceptable alternative.

The next 30 minutes were spent looking for "Bingo Wally" to take a picture with him, Ciera, and Rakes: it ended with Bingo never found. Closest thing we got to an explanation was that Bingo took several breaks and it was his return was doubtful. Rakes sadly followed us to the car, only to forget his misfortune the minute I turned on "The Princess Bride" for the ride home.

Reaching home, I was pumped to see the Sox with a 4-0 lead, and it ended in a 4-1 win, with a meaningless Carlos Pena HR off the Papelbot in the 9th: it's all good, since Haverhill played for a bit in Boston last year, and had a memorable walk off home run in September '06 that I still smile about.

Daisuke is 10-5, the Sox are 51-31, and Julian takes the hill tomorrow night, the 4th of July.

It doesn't get much better than that.

28 comments:

Carol said...

Not in your book it don't ;) And D would be happy to teach Rakie Bingo's name (Bingo is one of her favorite songs)!

Ted D said...

Carol, you've got that right!

And the boy was wearing me out: Even after I told him Wally was in Boston, he's say "No Daddy: Wally was bight dere!"

KAYLEE said...

HAHA HE IS A FUNNY BOY:)

Carol said...

Aww, fly him up to Boston!

Carol said...

P.S. Make it a round-trip ticket LOL

Tex said...

andg Bigon was hs nameO. sorryw ted. i hope tahat i can meet riakes wehile he's syuoung

Ted D said...

Tex, you need to make a trip out here to see your family and come visit: southern home cooking, a place to stay for free, and all the chaos you can handle!

Carol, what do you mean by a round trip ticket? I figured he could stay with you, John, and D for a couple of weeks: you need to get the "raising a little boy" perspective!

Carol said...

A ? TD - How many people do you think that photo is going to make go to the restroom?- lol

Ted D said...

Carol, I wasn't ABOUT to go in Manny's: I chose C.C. Sabathia's!

Carol said...

Lol - I think I'll guess 22 to 25.

scott h said...

Where is everbody? BIGGGG night at the firework stands. Total crazyness.

KAYLEE said...

They obviously arent night owls scott and what is crazyness too you? in my mind it could be anything.

Carol said...

K has a point Scott. What would be craziness to you (Patsy Cline)?

Mattie said...

Bro, that is a classic one. Rakes deserves his own sitcom, with his unique language as the sole basis. He slays me!

Glad to hear you refrained from using Manny's stall. Bad mojo, my friend.

Ted D said...

Scotty, I'll stay up late, but not quite as late as you, considering the time difference! I figured last night would attract the pyromaniacs: I still can't believe you sold one famile $1400 worth of fireworks.

Carol, not Patsy Cline: more like Ozzie and the "Crazy Train".

Hello Corn Flakes: And I agree. A sitcom for Rakes seems appropriate: just as long as I get the title "executive producer". Everyone says he's just like I was at that age, so I at least should get SOME credit.

Mattie said...

Bro, it's Ozzy, as in Osbourne, not Ozzie, as in Nelson.

Ted D said...

Hey, the Nelson twins grandpa could probably rock the house too Mattie.

But yeah, I'm a little embarrassed I spelled it that way.

Happy 4th little brother.

scott h said...

But yeah, I'm a little embarrassed I spelled it that way.

Ok, yea, right its about time. HEY HEY GET OFF OF MY CLOUD!

Ted did you notice Matt didn't breathe when you said Nelson. Remember he had a guy crush on the nelson twins fritz and fratz or whatever their names were. (although Matt I do know their names).

Carol more like Heart than Patsy or Ozzy

scott h said...

JR your luck Rakes gets a show and he learns to talk correctly!

Ted D said...

Happt 4th to you too Granddad!

One of them boys was on Celebrity Fit Club a few seasons back: 80's rockers have not aged gracefully!

Ted D said...

Well Bub, he does start speech therapy this fall, so Hollywood better come calling soon!

scott h said...

Speech therapy? We don't need no stinkin speech therapy!

Tex said...

i had to take speech therapy when i was in 3rd grade...its entirely overrated! I had trouble prounouncing my S's with my tongue...Rakes talks just fine to me...and anyone who has THAT much respect for Manny...gets a Gold Star from me :)

Carol said...

It's a 1-1 ball game. Ted, tell me that Rakie saw Wally all dressed up for the 4th of July!

Scott - I think that Ted's man crush = Manny ;)

KAYLEE said...

WHY are these guys winning when I am taking naps? They have won the last too while I have been sleeping jeez.and scott thanks for the explaination:)

Stacy said...

Ted, would love to have been there to count HOW MANY TIMES Rakes asked for Wally. :) And I think Rakes would be his own producer if he had a show; he'll do better following directions if he's the one giving them. :)

And Mattie, I sort of wish neither of you knew how to spell Ozzy. But we'll save that topic for another day.

Ted D said...

SHARON! Just got back from trip #2 to the pool, and the boys are bathed and ready for bed.

7-5 Sox win, which I watched on TiVo: 52-31 for the year so far.

KAYLEE said...

//Just got back from trip #2 to the pool,//

is that in one day? The oughta be tired if it is:)