At the end of June 2019, me and David went to an American baseball game. For me it was the first time and to be honest going there, I had no idea what was going on in the game – I knew it bounced with the ball stick and runs around the triangular pitch, but I didn’t know the details. But who cares, it’s always the first time, isn’t it? 🙂
The match took place at the Olympic Stadium in London. The route that we had to take that day was quite a lot, because from Hendon to Stratford you drive more than an hour on the subway. That day was special, as London recorded a record high temperature on 29 July. And we were going to a match on this mega hot day. I will say this – the subway journey itself was deadly, although the stadium was not at all better. 😉 Fortunately, during the game you could try cooling drinks, which we did with pleasure.
A few words about Olympic Stadium
The stadium was mainly built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games. In addition, it performs various functions and guests of various events, it is the home for the London club – West Ham United.
London’s stadium will accommodate 60,000 people at a football match and accommodate 80,000 at the Summer Games. There were 59,659,000 people at the London Series 2019! It was bustling, crowded and cheerful.
I wouldn’t fit in my head if someone told me then that in a year’s time such assemblies would be cancelled. I am all the more pleased that I had the opportunity to participate in such an event.
And how was it?! Tell the story!
As I mentioned above, it was certainly very hot. On that day, the temperature reached really record highs. In the shade it was about 38 degrees.. I literally melted in the air. The places we had allocated were really cool. The sun wasn’t shining straight in my face – luckily, because I didn’t have a cream filter – you could see the whole pitch and throw the beret we had into the snack and drink section.
It was difficult to see the players, because the distance from the pitch was quite large, although watching the game itself was interesting. Honestly I do not know for them we were (probably behind anyone), but every time someone in our sector clapped it I too. 😀 I had to blend in with the company, because there is nothing worse than a fan sitting on the wrong side of the stands. 😛
About the game of words a few:
I’m not an expert, so let me use a Wikipedia quote here.
Baseball is played by two teams, each of which alternately acts as a team at bat, whose task is to score points, and a fielding team. The player from the attacking team first bounces a special baton (colloquially called a stick) the ball thrown by the pitcher, then throws the stick and runs to the nearest base to pass it. If he succeeds, he runs to the next one, and so on, until he finishes running. During this time, a player from the opposing team – a catcher, tries to catch the ball bounced by a running player. When he does, the running player must stay at the nearest base. A team that has more points after 9 rounds wins. The player of the attacking team earns a point when he scores all 4 bases – 1 base, 2 base, 3 base and 4 base called home.source: Wikipedia
Beat the Freeze
I do not know if any of you have ever watched any sports games from across the ocean, but they are characterized, among other things, by the fact that ads are played literally every few-dozen minutes. It’s the same during a live match when you’re sitting in a stadium. From a ‘live’ perspective, it doesn’t look as inchy as if you were sitting in front of the TV.
So, what is it about?
And now he enters – Nigel Talton in a tight outfit and races with one person from the audience. It is known that the ordinary man will not match the sprinter, so The Freeze takes off with a long delay.
What can you win when the first one reaches the finish line (which is generally not so easy) ?
In the Google, I found information that the winner receives a $100 reward – and what specifically? Probably some vouchers or tickets for the next matches.
Last year, in London, James from New York defeated Nigel. I’ll tell you this: the emotions were really huge! Everyone was screaming and cheering! 🙂
If it weren’t for the fact that it was extremely hot, we would have stayed until the end. This match was special because it lasted almost 5 hours! I congratulate all those who managed to sit down. 🙂
Would I go again?
Well, sure, yes! This time I will prepare more (the rules are already a little overwhelmed), I would do an overview of teams and players (to know who to cheer) and buy myself a shirt to be like a real fan. If I could still hit the drum or waving the flag, I would be happy at all. 😉
I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but a few years ago I was at an official fan club in my city. Basketball team Black Słupsk. 🙂 At home somewhere I have a photo ID card and autographed photos from the guys on the team. I remember going to away matches.. a coach full of guys and a few women. Ah! But these were the times! 😉 Bustle, grandstands, noise and chants. 😉
Do you have a favorite team you’ve been a huge fan for years?