Friday, February 26, 2010

True Confessions of Baseballiholics

This topic was inspired by Cyn from the Toeing the Rubber Red Sox blog. On her twitter account yesterday she made a great baseball confession.

It hit close to home, and I was reminded of the time Those Girls each skipped out on a wedding we were supposed to attend (both weddings were held on the same day), in favor of going to a sports bar together to watch the Twins play the White Sox on TV. It wasn't a particularly important game...not like an end-of-the-season-pennant-chase-nail-biter kind of game. It was just a run of the mill mid-season game against a divisional opponent we play a bazillion times every season. I think that makes it funnier, personally.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Heck, it still seems like a good idea. I'm not sorry either.

So, now that I've shared one of my baseball-crazy stories, I will open it up to the group. It's time to confess the craziest and/or least socially-acceptable thing you've done for the love of baseball. Don't worry. This is a safe place. Unless you've out and out committed a felony or harmed a puppy, we won't judge.

20 comments:

Robert said...

Canceled on my homecoming date senior year to attend a Twins vs A's playoff game. I think I called her like the day before to cancel.

The Colonel said...

Nice, this could be cathartic.

1 - I didn't skip a wedding but I skipped the reception of my friend's wedding to go buy a new tv and watch a Twins game at home by myself

2 - Last summer I (against the wishes of my boss) took a half day with a few other coworkers to go watch a late august game leaving behind an undetermined amount of work for a project that was to launch a day later.

3 - I've sat through church with a radio and set of ear buds on more occasions than I can count.

There are others I could confess but I think I'll stop there...

PatGLex said...

For two of the past three years, I have left the cameradie of my NCAA Frozen Four buddies to attend an MLB game in the home city of the tournament. (They all think baseball is stupid.) I've been to see games in St. Louis (froze my a** off and left in the 5th inning) and Colorado (great game, great upper deck seat, even though it did rain some), and am considering a Saturday game with the Tigers in Detroit for this year's tourney. [And since the 2011 tournament site is St. Paul, the Twins had better have a home stand before or after!]

Baseball_Lipgloss said...

Love this! Let's see...how about the time I lied to my former boss to tell him I was so sick that I had to go home and instead went to a noon game at the metrodome.

Now, that seems harmless enough but I happened to be caught on TV ducking as a foul ball whizzed at my head. My boss saw the whole thing since he had turned the game on the office televisions. Whoops.

dr gonzo said...

i attended a white sox home opener a few years back b/c they played the twins. i insisted on wearing my twins shirt on TOP of my 14 layers of clothing (the temp was in the single digits). yes, we stayed for the whole game.

i think i'm prepped for the new stadium...

Sarah said...

I LOVE this game! Because every story I read, I think "No, that is perfectly justified and reasonable."

For like a third of a second I felt a little bad for Robert's poor homecoming date...but it was postseason. Postseason > Homecoming. Every time. She should understand that.

This might be one of my favorite posts already. Keep 'em coming!

k-bro said...

I don't think I've done anything "confessionable", pretty much because my family and friends know better than to get in the way of my Twins baseball.

But I do get my fair share of razzing from my co-workers. I put on headphones to listen to day games while I'm working. It's usually pretty quiet in my area, so it's kind of odd that I'll suddenly burst out with a "YES!" or an "OH, COME ON!" out of no where. They all know that a game is on, but they tease me anyway.

Sarah said...

Here's another one of mine, which is probably kind of bad, but I don't care:

I once broke up with a non-baseball fan dude for being too needy and clingy and time-consuming during the baseball season. I told him "don't call me again until November."

Anonymous said...

I walked out of a very important quarterly meeting at Target corporate and headed to the dome for the series sweep of the White Sox in 2008 ( to move into first at the end of the season). I had only told a few co-workers beforehand that my mom was given front row seats behind first and I was going to be "sick". It was huge risk that I had contemplated over and over... but I chose my twinks.

After we were down by 6 in the ..7th? When we began to rally and Span hit a triple to tie it, the place went INSANE, and I was in heaven. That's exactly when my boss called everyone into the breakroom to watch it on TV, and that's exactly when FSN decided to broadcast my sister and I and are screaming, happy faces for the next minute.

For the next 1/2 hour my phone went crazy with texts from nearly everyone I knew (mainly people from work saying I was fired).

It was horrible, but entirely worth it all at the same time. Luckily, I was able to keep my job.

Moral of the story, if you're skipping work to go to a game (or any other important event), mare SURE you wear a hat.

Anonymous said...

In 1991, I cut my Psychology class to go to the parade after we won the series. After, at a nearby pub, I ran into my professor. Busted! She cancelled class, I bought her a beer.

Lori said...

Lipgloss and Anonymous...total Ferris Bueller moments!

Ok, I missed my little brother's high school graduation for the annual trek to Milwaukee for Twins/Brewers. I told my brother I would give him extra graduation cash to make up for it and he was cool with that. My mom and sisters were not too happy but my dad and brothers understood. And were jealous!

thetwinsdifference said...

I ditched a law school class to watch a pre-season game on my laptop in the library, literally 100 yards away from the class I was supposed to be in. Then the professor happened to walk by the study carrel I was sitting in, and glared at me and said "I suppose you're sick." (People email in sick for class all the time). I just shrugged and pointed at the computer and said "spring training." She smiled and asked me how badly the Twins were losing to the Red Sox, her team. Score.

Bryz said...

I wish I had some cool stories, but alas, I don't. :-(

John said...

Geezus, the hard part is picking just the one. Skipping my wife's friend's wedding reception so I could hide out in the caddyshack to catch the Twins/A's playoffs? Sitting in a room on the top floor of a Soviet hotel with a transistor radio to desparately search for Radio Free Europe so we could find out if we won game 6 in 1987?

Nope. I think I'm going with the one that nearly led to my not getting married. And that wasn't even a Twins game. I think this calls for a blog post.

Jessica said...

I pulled my sons out of school on the state testing day to go to a spring training game. That's why they schedule a make-up day right?

Jack Ungerleider said...

It's October 1986. I had moved to Minneapolis earlier that year from NY. I grew up a Mets fan, and after years of abysmal play they had finally reached the post season. It's Game 6 of the NLCS against the Astros. So big deal you figure, here's the catch. A friend of mine, also a big baseball fan, had her car totaled in an accident a few days before. But the insurance company had just decided that it was totaled after it had been sitting at the body shop for a few days. She needed a ride to the lot to get some belongings out of the car. My apartment was on the bus line, and just a few blocks from where she was living so she got off the bus at my place. It was the 8th or 9th inning so we decided to to wait until the end of the game. A couple of hours and almost another game later we got over to the lot just before they closed. (Or maybe it was after but there was someone there to let her in. It's all very fuzzy now.)

Anonymous said...

I was a Bible camp counselor who skipped a night worship period and forced someone else to attend to my kids so I could hide in a closet and listen to Justin hit his 30th against the bitchsox in '06. Nobody understood. They all thought I was the most irresponsible person at the camp. I thought it was completely justified in the eyes of the Lord.

Ronda said...

nothing too scandalous here. I once worked as a furniture salesperson and was secretly wired up to listen to the game in one ear. It was during a big sale with heavy customer traffic. I wasn't sure I'd get away with it but I didn't care, and the worst part was I couldn't tell my co-workers who were also huge fans. I sold thousands of dollars of furniture while the Yankees slowly crushed my pennant dreams...

Sorry to go off topic but I MUST:
Sarah (fellow Supernatural Stalker) have you seen the episode called "Mystery Spot"? The one Sam relives Tuesday over and over and Dean keeps dying? That is my FAVORITE episode, I keep it on my TiVo permanently, and Dean is SOOOOOOOO adorable in that episode. I'm just sayin'.

mule said...

i do feel horrible about this.

my wife and i were watching the 2003 playoffs between the yankees and red sox after the yankees had beaten my precious little twins in the division series. i had fallen into a deep slumber in the second inning and groggily woken up in the 6th. a-rod was up, and got a hit. in the semi-sleep/semi-awake state i was in, i accused the wife of calling the yankee's dugout and tipping pitches. bless her heart, she thought it was cute, and i felt foolish about it. i still haven't quite lived that one down yet.

luckie/Sarah said...

Not exactly a story about me, but my sister rescheduled a job interview because we had tickets to an daytime Astros game on the day they wanted her to come in. It was against the Cubs, Chris Sampson made his major league debut, and the Astros won something like 2-1. She went to the interview the next day, got hired, and then confessed to someone else why she had to reschedule. The lady she told totally agreed with her decision (she was a big Astros fan too).