Sunday, September 7, 2008

Take me out to the ball game...

Last week my family went to a Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball game. The Kernels are a minor league (Class A) "farm" team affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels, currently playing in the Western Division Finals this weekend. We had dinner at the ball park: hot dogs, french fries, and root beer. We sat along the first base line in front of these adorable young fans (Thanks for the photo-op, boys!) We sang the Star Spangled Banner at the opening and Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch. This is what summers are all about in the U.S.: Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, (and fireworks!)

My mom also brought her baseball glove to catch a foul ball, although it was her sister, Miriam, who almost got beaned by one!
Iowa has a romantic history with the American pastime of baseball. The movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed in Dyersville, and one of the dialogues from the movies is:

"Is this heaven?" "No, it's Iowa."

Gives us all a warm, fuzzy feeling.

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