I saved the last post about my Dad's trip to be about something that he is really passionate about, baseball. Anyone who knows my Dad, knows that baseball is one of my Dad's greatest passion.
There's baseball in Australia? HA! That is the response we got from most local people when we said we were headed to a baseball game. To say baseball isn't really popular in Australia is an understatement.
Yes! They have baseball, it reminded me of the old Ray Winder Field (Click for more details) Days growing up in Arkansas.
Baseball has always been a special sport to me also. So many of my childhood memories include baseball. My Grandvol, Dad, or Mamma taking me to Ray Winder was always good memories. I always loved watching the game, eating the food, getting all the players autographs. Riding the bus with the High School Baseball team all through elementary school. Going to opening day for Texas Rangers with Dad. Baseball is truly all about making memories in my book.
So, we figured why not try it in Australia. We tried to go to a game in Sydney. I actually bought a Groupon for around $30.00 we had tickets, hot dog, t-shirts, and batting practice time. The Sydney team was really sweet and wanted us to come to the game. They went above and beyond to double check we were coming. They called, texted, e-mailed, and sent a calendar appointment to me.
The problem we had was the ball park was far out of town, compared to where we were staying. We realized we could go to the Sydney Opera House and watch a show for cheaper than it would cost in transportation to get to field. So, we did what any person would do while in Sydney, went to the Opera House to watch a show.
We went to a game in Brisbane instead:
Alcohol Think Again Perth Heat
Like the name of the Perth team? All sports teams do that around here, they will sell a sponsorship, of anything, to anyone who will pay.
The old school feel was great. It was a small and cozy field. You could walk around outside the locker rooms, and even see inside.
They were not all about the flash and showing their stadium off. If you went to a Brisbane Bandit's game, it would have to be because you love baseball.
It was just good old School baseball mixed with an Aussie twist here and there. Ever seen a Coffee bar at a baseball game?
While we were at the game we had a ran delay. During the rain delay everyone ran for cover, we happened to end up in the area where the umpires hid. We just stood there and chatted with them and other baseball fans.
It was a nice slice of home in our wonderful town. Great place to go when you want to feel a little piece of home.
As I am sitting here typing this blog post, baseball just made the news. Yes! this is the first time I have seen it on the news, but check out why.
Josh and I just had a good laugh, "A baseball fight down under." The Brisbane Bandits could rename their team the boxing kangaroos. Sorry, had to share since it was on TV, while I was finishing this post.
What is your favorite sport? Or What is a sport that is special to you?