Take me out to the ballgame, please
By Margaret Melloy Guziak
Finally, I was able to have a real “view from the bleachers” when we went to a Monday evening game between the Grand Junction Rockies and the Helena, Mont., Brewers. What a grand place Suplizio Field is to watch baseball. It is the game at its finest and like all the other ballgames we have attended over the years, both at Arizona spring training games in Tucson or Phoenix or in big city ballparks, like San Diego or Philadelphia, you no longer have to search for an available seat, or have someone tell you that “Those seats are saved for our relatives who aren’t here yet.”
You can purchase reserved seating and like in every other sport, and every other ballpark, your reserved seat is waiting for you. What a pleasure that is! My daughter had reserved five seats for us in Section M, Row A, near the third base line, my favorite place to watch a game.
And besides the traditional “peanuts and crackerjack” of the “Take me out to the Ballgame” song, which everyone sang during the seventh inning stretch, you can purchase delicious hot dogs to drench in sweet pickle relish and bright yellow mustard, and add tall, cold glasses of beer to feast on and enjoy while watching America’s favorite past-time, baseball. How big city is that! And the icing on the cake for us was that the Rockies won by one run in the ninth inning.
It was such fun to see “the wave” progress its way around the grandstands, and watch the little kids be fascinated by Corky the coyote, the Grand Junction Rockies’ mascot, when he pranced around and led the cheering of the fans during the game. It was announced that “all the kids are invited to follow Corky and run around the bases after the game.” We didn’t stay long enough after the game to see that, but I’m sure that would be something every kid would want to do.
There were a few sprinkles during the ballgame, but not enough rain to fill a teacup. Actually, it was refreshing to feel the light raindrops on your head after a hot, scorching August day, and we welcomed it. Check out the team’s schedule and take your family one of the nights they are in town. No food or drinks are allowed to be brought into the ballpark. You won’t need to do this anyway, as everything is available for sale that you could want at the easy access booths in the concourse inside the entrance.
If some of your children play baseball at any level, this is a great way to encourage them to get good grades in school so they can also play baseball through college or beyond. Don’t forget to buy a program at the game. They can use it to score, if you teach them how to do it. Take the program home because some of your children may want to read about and follow the baseball careers of these young athletes, many of whom are starting their professional careers right here in Grand Junction.
Fruita resident honored at Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame banquet
The 2012 Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony was held in Commerce City on Aug. 19. Our own Peggy Malone, a Fruita resident and a good friend, was nominated for Colorado’s country music girl singer of the year. While she didn’t win that award, Peggy did win the People’s Choice Award for 2012 and for that we congratulate her.
While there, they called on her to perform, which she did, singing two of her favorite songs, Tom T. Hall’s “Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine” and one of Patsy Cline’s classic songs, “Walkin’ After Midnight.” We know the state’s country music hall of fame audience was delighted to watch and listen to our own Fruita singing star, Peggy Malone, perform at their 2012 banquet. Way too go, Peggy!
“Ain’t but three things in the world that is worth a solitary dime, but old dogs and children and watermelon wine.” (Tom T. Hall)
If you can believe it, Christmas is coming
The White River National Forest has been chosen to provide the 2012 Capitol Christmas tree, which is America’s Christmas tree this year. It will be selected and cut near Meeker. in November and transported by truck from there to Washington, D.C. Per tradition, Colorado’s school children will be designing and making the decorations for the tree. Find out details for this exciting, upcoming project.
We will profile a new home-based business started by a special lady and artisan, Syndi. What does she make and what is the name of her business?
Young Eagles Day on approach at Mack Mesa Airport
Learn how you can get your boys and girls, ages 8 through 17, a free airplane ride on Saturday, September 29 with experienced pilots, all members of EAA chapter 800, flying out of Mack Mesa airport.