The Older has really been getting into baseball lately. It’s a blessing and a curse, because along with his growing as a player, his endless questions about how the game is played falls on The Daddy and our friend who has been around sports her whole life. (Admittedly, I always thought baseball was a game where you hit a ball with a stick and ran around the bases. I had no idea there were real rules). Not surprisingly, The Older has a bazillion questions when we go to a game, and because of his other ‘stuff,’ he gets overly focused on the numbers of the players, the scores, and recording anything and everything to do with the numbers in general. It can be exhausting, but at least we can go to games often because we have a fantastic baseball venue right here in Tampa Bay!

Lately we’ve been going to the Tampa Yankees games at George Steinbrenner Field , and we’ve been having a great time. They are a Minor team, but the kids get a major league feel and we don’t feel the hurt in our wallet. Most days we get in free, but they have special deals almost every home game; even if we pay it’s only around $4.

I have many more pictures like this. It’s a great opportunity for kids, and the players are super nice. The Younger was even given one of the game balls last night, and The Older has gotten a few as well. It’s a confidence-booster for them, and I get a kick out of seeing their excitement! It’s a fantastic way to spend an evening with the family, and I hope more people take advantage of going to such a great place. I’ve had nothing but positive interactions with the staff, and watching the players with the fans, kids and adults alike, reminds me of the good old days when a sports hero was truly someone to look up to!

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