Monday, April 11, 2011

Pinch Hitter Lacks Power

A bit of the magic went out of Opening Day last week when we had to place Thing 1 on the disabled list.

She woke at 3 a.m., crying and moaning. Fever. Headache. Pain in the pee department and up into the plumbing.

It’s no fun having a urinary track infection as an adult, so I’m sure it was worse for an 11-year-old girl. But there are worse and more embarrassing reasons to go on the DL. Just ask former Mets flop Kaz Matsui, whose “injury” may or may not have given a double meaning to his being a switch hitter.

Not that there’s any thing wrong with that.

It was strange being at my first Opening Day without my baby girl in tow since 1999, but her little brother stepped up his game and was nearly perfect.

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No complaining about the cold, damp weather.

No whining that he was bored or that he wanted to go home.

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Shut off which ever of the 67 different Pokémon games he has for his Nintendo DS the first time I asked while we waited for lunch, then put it away and never brought it out again until the ride home many hours later after the game finished and we toured the gift shops and Mets Hall of Fame exhibit. (Yeah, yeah -- it was a pretty small  exhibit.)mr. met meets T1

As we sat watching the rather lackluster play of the Mets, he listened politely as I prattled on about the no-doubles infield defense and seemed genuinely interested as I demonstrated how to make a rally cap when his team stood four runs down in the ninth.

“Dude, we need more than rally caps,” I said to him as our home team batters continued to flail meekly at the Washington Nationals’ pitches. “You need to conjure up all the special Pokémon powers you can to make the Mets score some runs and get them a victory!”

“Dad,” he said back without missing a beat, “I don’t think there’s ANY power for that.”

cold but uncool at a ballgame

11 comments:

  1. I hope Thing1 is feeling better!! Yowza! That sucks.
    But it still looks like a fun time- you've got a smart boy!
    Go, Reds!

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  2. Glad you had a good time regardless of the outcome.

    Dude...am I mistaken or is that the view from a luxury box in that first pic?

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  3. Not a luxury box - the Acela Club restaurant in LF. We got there early for lunch and the festivities then moved out to our seat for first pitch. We may be uncool, but we be classy.

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  4. And so Thing 2 has learned the next phase of Sibling Supremacy: Taking full advantage his sister's misfortune. You will be amazed at his lovable demeanor when she is in her "challenging" years. It's Darwin's theory at it's best. If Thing 2 is the last one standing, he gets the car keys.

    PS. Hope Thing 1 is feeling better.

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  5. Nice Zinger by the Kid. Sorry about Thing 1. At least she can take solace in the fact that the uti is proably only slightly more painful than a cold, rainy Mets game.

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  6. Sharply observant lad you have there. That pic is terrific, too!

    Wishing your girl a speedy recovery and a quick ticket home from Yuckburg!

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  7. I am sorry you are a Mets fan.


    Me, I am from Philly.

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  8. Hope you checked out NY Hall of Science since you were in the area, Kevin...
    Both Things are guaranteed to LOVE it.

    Check the review on my blog!
    http://bit.ly/eWXUCX

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  9. Ok, switch hitter? That made me laugh tonight. Thanks man. Hadn't heard that story before.

    Bwahahahha, still laughing.

    Not that there's anything wrong with that....Bwahahahaha

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  10. Father and Son at a ball game...does it get any more American than that??? Great pics!

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