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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wingnutty Fun

Last night Grandpa and Grandma shared free Wichita Wingnuts tickets with the kids, the cousins, and me. (Mr. Edwards was at BSF sharing night, the last of the year. My sister was recovering from surgery and her husband, as you know, is deployed with the Army.)
After a pre-game cookout provided by a sponsor we staked our our general admission seats about thirty minutes before game time. The advantage: good seats together. The disadvantage: kids are restless before the first pitch!

The Wingnuts are a local professional team, but in case you don't pay attention to American Major League baseball, the Wingnuts are not a big MLB team. Nor are they are minor league farm team. Still, it was the first professional game my kids had ever seen. For that milestone, I thought it was a good stand-in for major league baseball. (Although one of these years we'll have to go up to Kansas City to see the Royals.)

We stayed until the end of the 5th inning. Here you see it was all tied up after the top of the fifth, but we saw the Wingnuts come back in the bottom of the fifth and take the lead. By this time the majority of our party was past ready to go. 
It was a lot of fun to watch the game with Lane, however, who began to follow the game. What fun it was for me to provide the play-by-play for him so that he could appreciate what was going on! We left with four innings to go, so Lane dashed out the driveway this morning for the paper to read the final results:
Wingnuts turn tables on pesky Canaries.
Wingnuts 6 Canaries 4
Lane read the headline and called out, "We're Wingnut fans now!"


Anonymous said...

How fun! I am not sure my boys would be up for sitting still long enough...LOL! Maybe another year or two. :-)

Sharon said...

Sharing night!!! Already!!! We just had lesson 12! I hope your summer break from BSF goes well with fruitful Bible Study this year.

(Now back to read the rest of the post. Just couldn't help but comment immediately on that.)

~ Sharon

Sharon said...

"Here you see it was all tied up after the top of the fifth, but we saw the Wingnuts come back in the bottom of the fifth and take the lead." Umm, translation please?? I have no idea what you just wrote. Was it in English?

Each team has 7 innings, right? But then later on you said there were four innings to go? Do you mean 2 innings each team? Or are there really 9 innings and I was just confused about the seven? I am so Baseball-illiterate! What does top and bottom mean?

I gather your local team was winning when you left, am I right on that? How long does a game take? People don't ever leave early from Australian Rules Football games, unless they are taken away in the back of an ambulance (from off the ground) or in the back of a police van (for yobbo behaviour in the stands). No excuses for early leaving ever. Which probably explains why I don't actually watch any AFL!

~ Sharon

PS Just about to send your email.

Mrs. Edwards said...

What fun! I was hoping to snag a comment from you with this post!

There are nine innings in baseball. In the top of an inning the home team is in the outfield; visiting team up to bat. In the bottom of an inning the home team is up to bat and the visiting team is in the field. Each half of an inning has three outs. (In other words, the team puts up batters until there are three outs.)

We left after five innings so at least we saw each team get an equal number of times to bat.

As for leaving early: I noticed at the game that most people there weren't paying much attention! So sad! Kids get bored with the slowness (I prepped our kids to remember how listening to Peter Pan starts out slow but if you stick with it you understand the excitement). Adults sit around and drink beer, visit with their friends, and watch people. This local team doesn't generate too much fan loyalty. They're a new team and it is a small league that doesn't mean much nationally, as opposed to Major Leagues.

Even our football (is your football what we call soccer?) games have people leaving early if the score is lop-sided.

If I had been at the game with Howard we never would have left. The kids were just too restless and four more innings would have lasted well past 10:00 p.m.

Sharon said...

Our football is not soccer, nor is it rugby, although both are played here. Australian Rules (or Aussie Rules) is ... umm, how on earth can I explain it succinctly like you just did with that brilliant explanation of baseball? Alright, I'll give it a try:

In Aussie Rules, you generally kick the ball. It is shaped a bit like a grid iron ball, but the pointed ends are more rounded. You may also "hand pass" the ball, which is where it rests in the palm of one hand and you hit it forward with the other hand in a fist (thumb end contacting with ball's pointy end).

I can't remember how many players there are per team, it might be 22, but everyone (except substitutes) are on the ground at the same time, all the time. There are four quarters (two halves) of play. Gee, this will sound dumb but I know they swap the direction of play at some stage but I can't remember if it is every quarter or just at half-time. They play on an oval.

The aim is to get a goal, by kicking the ball through the centre two of four vertical goal posts. If the ball goes through between an inner post and one of the outer two posts (which are slightly shorter), it is called a point. One goal is equal to six points. Yeah, I know we have metric here but you would never know it when it comes to football.

Play starts when the ball is bounced in the centre of the ground by an umpire and the ruckmen from the two opposing teams jump for it. They both try to punch or slap the ball towards their team. This is the only time when you are meant to hit the ball like this, I think.

Unlike rugby, a person can kick or hand pass the ball any direction they choose to. And there are no limits on when you have to pass, or kick. I think there is something in the rules about not running too far without at least bouncing the ball in front of you, though. You can catch the ball with your hands. You are not allowed to do a "high tackle" which I think means tackling above the shoulders. It is generally not as rough as grid iron or rugby but a lot, lot faster.

(I have just realised I don't know too much more about Aussie Rules football than I knew about baseball. You would never know my father umpires footy every weekend for the Darwin association games and my younger brother played for a Darwin league team all the way through senior high sschool, would you?)

One of the major differences between sport in the US and here, though, is that our team sports are not linked to our schooling system in the same way yours are. Although schools do field teams to compete against other school teams, the important competitions are all community-based. The country town I grew up in had a thriving Aussie Rules competition with teams from local towns competing together every winter, even though all the kids attended the same area school.

Each capital city has usually had a higher level competition, for which the minimum age would be around 17 or 18. For example, when I lived in South Australia I barracked for Port Adelaide in the SANFL. Mostly because my mum did and all the males in our family barracked for Norwood. She needed the moral support. In the NTFL, in which my younger brother used to play (not professionally), there has recently been a new team, the Tiwi Bombers club, made up of Aboriginal players from the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin.

Then there is the AFL, which is the highest level of play. Not all states have teams. Perth, where I live, has two teams in the AFL, the West Coast Eagles and the Freemantle Dockers. But Victoria has quite a few more because it was the VFL that originally formed the basis of the AFL.

Is your brain exploding with "culture" overload yet?

~ Sharon

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