Monthly Archives: December 2017
Today I’ve been thinking about the first Major League Baseball game I attended — Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, sometime in 1982 or 1983.
As I recall, Mom and Dad took Steve, Dan and me to see two games in that series. I remember the Famous Chicken was at one of the games. I remember Dad buying a Cubs painter’s cap for me. I remember Jason Thompson played first base for the Pirates. I don’t remember who won the games or any specific highlights.
The experience is what mattered.
That baseball trip probably shaped me a lot more than Mom and Dad realized at the time. I’ve been hopelessly and gratefully addicted to all things baseball my whole life, starting with that trip to Chicago.
Why am I thinking about this long-ago trip today? Because Jill and I have been taking Maisa to games since she could walk, and the trips have been much more frequent in recent years. The Ankeny Kramers love watching sports, on TV and especially when we get a chance to attend the games. It’s a big part of our lives.
My only hope is that these experiences are as impactful to Maisa as that trip to Chicago was to me.
[Here is Maisa having a good time during a time-out Thursday night at the ISU women’s game.]