Monday, September 8, 2008

The 2nd Annual Charlie-J.T. Ballgame

When we first got pregnant with Louie we didn't have any friends that were even thinking about having kids yet, as far as we were aware. Four years later we know quite a few more expanding families. One of Charlie's buddies is J.T., who was born two months before him and last year we started the tradition of going to a Reds game with just the two boys with their mommies and daddies.

We lucked out with a gorgeous day and the only thing that could spoil it was the overwhelmingly large amount of blue in the stands. I love Chicago and have always had a great time visiting, but if there's something that I don't like it's Cubs fans. (Here is my rant for the day:) As with most teams I don't like*, it has more to do with their fans than with the actual team (!cough!buckeyes!cough!**).

I wholeheartedly believe in loyalty and supporting a team through thick and thin, but it reaches a new level of obnoxiousness with these fans. (Who boos the home team when they're visiting?) There was nothing better than sending them packing for their five hour trip with a bottom of the ninth loss, as well as a series loss!

The boys were great! All kids 15 and under got posters of the Reds rookie phenom Jay Bruce. They particularly liked that--had fun using them as swords! They handled quite a few innings before the urge to run and play took over and the dads took them up to the kids area. Back for a few and then the moms strolled through the concourse to get them to take a nap.

Can you tell that Charlie's ready for a nap? He soon got one, but was awake by the time the Reds won.

The rest of the team is pounding on Jolbert Cabrera in celebration after he hit in the winning run.

Woo-hoo! Send those Cubbie fans home!

What a great family!

I got my first glimpse of the newest Reds mascot, Rosie Red. She is completely adorable and I don't care what people say, she's a great addition. Missy told me each game she sports a different hair-do!

Thank you to Missy & Joe for inviting us on this outing. We look forward to the days when the boys play ball together!

*F.Y.I. I do not (try to!) impose my thoughts on the boys. In fact, Lou has been pretending to be the Cubs lately when he plays baseball.

**Hopefully I don't upset my in-laws too much with this--ha, ha