Maya Angelou once said "people show you who they are the first time". Over the years, I've found myself looking for those initial clues that people drop, some indication of whether I should run the other direction or stick around and get to know a person. The first date with my husband was one such occasion. I can recall standing at a bar with him, me sipping a girlie half pint of Apricot ale, while he polished off a pint of Lager.
He continued, "I'm really into sports." He let that hang in the air for a moment, as if I might run from the bar screaming, “Nooooooooo, not sports. Please, for the love of God, not another man who watches sports!” When my feet didn’t budge, he continued to share the details of his longtime love of baseball, specifically the San Francisco Giants.
Needless to say, we started to date exclusively, we got pregnant, moved in together, and married, because that's how we roll. When I gave birth to our son, some twenty minutes after I was wheeled into the recovery room, my Father-In-Law was the first to arrive with a gift in hand. He had purchased in advance, a child's size, Louisville Slugger, wooden bat, with Henry's first and last name carved into it. Baseball is obviously going to be apart of my son's life as well.
I don't say anything when he
sits on the coffee table and pulls the 42 inch flat screen TV so
close, he could crawl through the screen and join the players on the outfield. When we
got the flat screen and
After all the time spent reading a magazine on the couch or cooking dinner while a game is airing in the background, I too have become a Giants fan. Its hard not to put the magazine down and get caught up with great announcers like, Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. They manage to make the game more approachable with their
commentary. I actually learn by listening to their play by play throughout the game.
I’ve even developed my own appreciation of the players. “TIMMY!” Tim Lincecum, the Giant's pitcher, got his start right around the time I began to follow the games with greater interest. I feel like we came to the Big Leagues at the same time. He has since been honored by winning two Cy Young awards for his pitching and it looks as if he will dominate yet another season. Of course, there is a whole cast of characters on the team like, fan favorite, Pablo Sandoval, also know as Panda, who consistently crushes the ball. There is Juan Uribe, who always swings for the fences, no matter the pitch. Catcher, Bengie "Big Money" Molina, a great clutch hitter, comes through with a run when the team needs it most.
Once a rookie to the game of baseball, I’m now a veteran fan, which means nowadays, I sit alongside my husband to enjoy a game, with both of us, getting caught up in the action, and letting out a hoot when Pablo hits one out of the park. There is nothing like hearing Kuiper announce, “And, it is…OUTTA here!” or as Mike Krukow would say, "Goooooo Giants".