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the story of an invisible girl
On the radio Monday, I heard it mentioned that the Cubs were in town, playing the Tigers. Since M and I went to see the Cubs in Chicago, I thought it'd be fun to try to see them play here as well. I'm a Tigers fan first and foremost, so I also liked the idea of cheering on the Tigers.

I texted my idea to M, and he thought it was a fine one. We decided Wednesday would work best for us, so I went online and bought some last-minute tickets.

It wasn't until the next day that we realized we'd accidentally selected the same night as the Freedom Festival, the giant fireworks display shared between Detroit and Windsor. Oops! That complicated our planned trip downtown.... however there was nothing to be done about it, the tickets were already bought. We decided to just get out of work as quickly as possible, and aim to leave for downtown as early as possible.

Naturally that meant both of us fighting through rush-hour traffic, trying to meet at my house. We managed to get to my place and change clothes later than anticipated, and hit the road again, fearing the worst. Fortunately it turned out that traffic downtown was not nearly as bad as we'd feared. I'm sure it got worse as the evening progressed though, so it's probably good that we managed to get out when we did.

The game was fun, and the Tigers won - yay! My sportswriter friend D was at the game, which was useful. At one point a weird play happened (everyone thought the inning was over, the players left the field, then they came back out and re-did the last play). I quickly pulled out my phone and emailed D asking "What happened, why did they come back?" He was able to let us know that the ball had hit the batter's helmet, so the play was dead.

It was a fun evening, complete with hotdogs, lemonade, about a zillion pitchers, and fireworks over the outfield that started in the eighth inning. The traffic getting back home was a huge mess, but I'm still glad we decided to be spontaneous and go!

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From: writerwench Date: June 26th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for spontaneous and highly enjoyable evenings! We all need to do slightly daft things now and then. It keeps our souls fresh.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: June 26th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought if the ball hit the batter's helmet, it was a walk. Or did it tip off his bat first? Meh, I know nothing about sports.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 26th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah it looked like a popup to the pitcher, and it was played that way as a last out. Then the ref sent everybody back onto the field, because it had hit his helmet on the way up.
From: tonycaselli Date: June 26th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! Great picture, sounds and looks like a ton of fun! I've not been down this year yet, will take the kids to several games in July and August though! :)
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