Take Me Out to the Ball Game

My mom loves baseball. Being a Southern California girl, her favorite team is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mine too.

I’ve been to dozens of games since I was a teenager. My husband, two daughters, and I do our best to make Dodger games an annual summer tradition.

But Mom had never been. Until the past couple of years, I didn’t even know how much she wanted to go. She’d say, “The only time I’ve ever been to Dodger Stadium was years ago to see the Pope!” But never for baseball.

So… this past March for her 83rd birthday, my husband Alex and I surprised her with Dodger tickets. To top it off, our daughters gave her a Dodger T-shirt to wear for the occasion. To say she was thrilled is an understatement. She couldn’t stop smiling. She beamed. I loved how she expressed how she felt: “I feel so ALIVE!”

We couldn’t wait to take her.

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Courtesy of Pinterest

The big day was 5/27, Memorial Day. Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets. Game time: 5:10pm.

We picked Mom up and she was all dolled up for the game, complete with her new Dodger shirt, Dodger cap, jeans, and tennis shoes. Her excitement was infectious. It was like taking a kid to Disneyland for the first time. The wonder, magic, and surprise of it all.

My 90-year-old dad follows baseball too, but he preferred to stay home and watch the game on TV. He bought himself a big bag of Dodger peanuts and planned to make hot dogs, “all in the comfort of my own home.”

After not-too-bad LA traffic, we arrived. As we walked into the stadium, planes in formation roared by, in honor of Memorial Day. Mom was in awe of the huge crowd, the enormous stadium.

Our seats were field level, just past first base. Mom couldn’t believe that the players she followed on TV were right there. So close! Her favorite, Clayton Kershaw, was the starting pitcher. She was excited to see her other favs, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger.

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Image of Clayton Kershaw courtesy of Sports Illustrated

There’s something about being at a baseball game. The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the energy, the enthusiasm. The cheering, clapping. The smell of hot dogs, pop corn, peanuts, and beer. Watching replays on the enormous Jumbotron. Being part of “the wave.” Standing for the seventh-inning stretch, singing “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

We were hoping for a good game, but never thought we’d get a GREAT game. With more than thirty hits, it was super exciting from start to finish. And yes, the Dodgers won, 9-5.

Mom talked about the game the whole way home. The next day, she told me she was so “amped-up,” she had a really hard time falling asleep.

It felt amazing that Alex and I were able to give her that feeling, that experience. We helped her check something off her bucket list.

I didn’t think about this at the time — but honestly, I got to check it off my bucket list.

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Image courtesy of bucketlistjourney.net

21 thoughts on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game

  1. How lovely. I can imagine the beaming face and excitement of your mum. I wonder what next for your mum. It just might inspire her for something else.

    Did your dad see if he could spot you all in the crowd, while watching the game at home?

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    • Thank you so much! Sports definitely do bring out the excitement, and on a whole different level when you’re there. You can’t help but get caught up in the cheering, the energy of the crowd. So much fun!!

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  2. What a perfect experience for your Mom and your family. I love baseball too! When my Dad was 75 I took him to an LSU game in their brend new stadium. We bleed purple and gold down ther. 😉He hates going out in public much but he went and I know he loved seeing the game and being there. For me it was something we hadn’t done together since I was 13 in Little Rock, Ark. I’m so happy for you!

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  3. Aww, I loved reading this Jenny and I’m still smiling, so I can only imagine how happy and excited your mum must have felt. An awesome thing to do for her. How wonderful. xx ❤️😊

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  4. That is so beautiful Jenny! We tend to forget that old people want to live life still and feel alive. She is lucky to have you and your family to give her that gift. I’m not a big baseball fan but your descriptions made me feel like I was there with you. My mom is 77 and she has a small life, but she went to a Garth Brooks concert at Yankee Stadium a couple of years ago and she was so happy. Unfortunately, my mom has been diagnosed with advanced heart failure. She naps a lot and gets confused. She will be getting a defibullator and pacemaker in a few weeks. It is so scary because her percentage of blood pumping, the ejection fraction, keeps dropping. It’s at 22 now and it was 35 just 2 months ago. Doctors are hoping the pacemaker will increase her numbers, because the medicine alone has not helped and if she goes into cardiac arrest she has the device to jump start her heart. It just sucks. 😦

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    • Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. How scary that must be for her, you, and family. What a difficult thing to go through with a parent. It’s hard as they age/as we age. Sending good thoughts and prayers that the pacemaker will increase her numbers. How nice for her to see Garth Brooks a couple years ago. I’m sure it’s a special memory for her. Thank you for your kind words, I so appreciate them. xx

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      • Thanks Jenny! Yes it is hard. I went to visit them last night for dinner and to just spend time with them. They are only 30 minutes away. My mom seemed okay. I realized we got along because I let her be who she is rather than pushing back on her. As I am typing this I’m thinking this could be a silver lining in this story. Thanks for helping me with that! XO

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