I’m so happy to see baseball season here again! I’ve been to two games so far, Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon.
This year, I resolved not to make the mistake of buying tickets when they first go on sale. Every time I do that; when game day comes, it’s crappy out. So this year I vowed not to buy any tickets until I’ve seen a weather forecast. I went Wednesday because it was the first game after Opening Day and I was pretty antsy to go see a game.
It’s funny… Opening Day drew a sellout crowd… 44,000-plus people. The very next game? Not so much.
Attendance announced at 12,600. Most were dressed as empty seats.
What a difference between the first and second games of the year.
I had a nice spot, 1st row of the upper deck, behind home plate. But it was cold and windy and I was rapidly having less fun as the night went on. With the Orioles up 4-1, I made a break for it in the 6th inning and was home in time to watch the end.
Sunday, I saw it would still be cold, but sunny. Game time temperature was about 48. But I bought a seat where I knew I’d be in the sun the whole time; 3rd row up from the left field wall. It was fun and I got on TV again. (I’d run the picture but due to my Orioles hoodie, I’m only identifiable as a big orange blob.)
These two games were the first times I ever tried to use the “iPhone Wallet” app. When I got my tickets, I had the options to print or add to Wallet app, or both. I did both, for a couple of reasons.
First, I wanted to try the Wallet app because it’s the new shiny thing. And it’s easier to deal with than trying to fish the paper ticket out of my pocket. I have to have my phone out of my pocket anyway, when I go through the entrance metal detector.
My e-ticket from Sunday.
But I still like to have the paper ticket for the souvenir and for tradition. Having both means of ticketing allows me to have a backup system in case something goes wrong, like if I lose the paper ticket or my phone runs out of juice. (I won’t even consider the possibility of losing the phone.)
As you may know, I keep all my stubs and after the game, record the score and attendance on them. Sitcom Kelly and I have had extensive conversations about my ticketing quirks, for example, that I don’t like printing paper tickets (although not so much that I forego the convenience of buying tickets online over getting standard cardboard tickets from the box office).
The paper tickets are printed on a full page; then after the game, I cut out the “ticket-shaped” portion for permanent storage. I always print them in color too; the better to simulate a traditional ticket stub.
Last summer, Sitcom Kelly and I were going to a game and she ordered our tickets online. When she gave them to me, she said, “Sorry, there’s a fold in the ticket.”
I said, “That’s OK, I’ll smooth it out with the iron when I get home.”
I was totally joking, but she never even questioned it. She just assumed it was just another one of those weird things I do. She’s so used to all my strange habits and quirks; she figured this was just one more.
It cracked me up because it made me wonder what exactly I’d have to do in order for my friends to think I lost my marbles. See, it wouldn’t be the normal stuff… It’d have to be on a whole different plane.
So as a public service... or rather, a personal service, here’s a list of ways you can tell if Bluz’s elevator is no longer going all the way to the top:
- You see him eating vegetables with more than one syllable.
- He only takes one trip through the buffet line.
- He watches PBS.
- He finds his car in a crowded parking lot, right away.
- He turns on a Top-40 radio station. Or any radio station.
- He books a trip to a third-world country. On purpose.
- You hear him say, “No, I don’t want another drink.”
- He says something nice about the Baltimore Ravens.
- Wears an item of clothing without mojo implications, on game day.
- He answers the phone when the caller ID says “Unavailable.”
- He approaches a stranger and starts a conversation.
- He goes for a drive.
- He turns on a golf match on TV.
- He opens the hood of his car, without jumper cables or windshield washer fluid in his hands.
- He puts small, decorative pillows on the bed.
- You see him cleaning behind a large appliance or piece of furniture.
- He’s jogging.
Please; if you should witness this or any similar activity, please summon a representative from the Charm City Home for the Bewildered.