Baseball really is a family affair here in our house. Not only do I and my husband, Baseball Ross blog, but our dogs are part of the family business.
Some of you may be familiar with our youngest, Veronica. She was featured last summer on the Williamsport Croscutters “Pet Night” jersey.
Veronica (and Maggie if the weather is cool enough, she’s 15 1/2) love to go to bark in the Park. I guess you could say they are “rabid” fans. Usually, they will actually watch the game until about the 8th inning where they tend to nap.
They’ve been to Reading as well. Here’s Maggie in her younger days.
Veronica will even watch baseball on TV.
Today, Ross had two “assistants” while working on his blog. I mean, Veronica and Maggie have as much experience watching baseball as some bloggers, they have a vast knowledge base.
Then the “Senior Editor” had to review his work.
Let’s hope they approve, or Ross may need to bribe them with a couple of Milkbones.
Last night was “Bark in the Park”, a night to take your pup to the park. Our girls, Shih Tzus, are small and very well behaved but would they be able to handle the crowd?
Maggie will be 11 and Veronica is 4. The weather was perfect and they had on their little pink baseball jerseys and their Reading Phillies leashes. We carried them where it was crowded because they are so small, they are easy for people to step on.
The give away was a Ryan “Mad Dog” Madson statue. Likely one of the nicest statues I’ve seen as a giveaway.
First up, dinner! There is a place that is out of the way where Ross and I usually eat our hotdogs so I went there with the puppies and waited. They shared a bit of hot dog and we bought them water. (The only “diva” behavior they have is that they will NOT drink from a community bowl”)
We then went over to the fence to watch the R-Phils players walk in. Tyler Cloyd, the starting pitcher, saw the girls and stopped to give them a scratch on the head. They loved it.
We went up to our seats. Each puppy was entitled to a seat with the purchase of their ticket. However, with our girls being so small, they shared.
I was afraid that the crowd noise might frighten them but they didn’t really seem to mind once they got settled. There was another Shih Tzu sitting behind them. Once each pup said, “Hello”, they all settled in.
I think the funniest part of the night was when the National Anthem was sung. While the ladies who performed were talented, many dogs howled along. It was so hilarious!
For the first three or four innings, there was no one sitting directly in front of us so Maggie and Veronica sat up and seemed to actually be watching the game.
It was only after people sat in front of us that they finally laid down on the seat. The R-Phils were off to a rough start. They fell behind early. By the 8th inning they were battling back. Maggie put on her rally cap.
The R-Phils tied it up! Lucky puppy! The tension mounted as the R-Phils battled. Maggie finally decided she had enough…she couldn’t watch anymore.
It wasn’t long after that that the game went into the 10th inning. Even Veronica, my peppy puppy, was exhausted.
Unfortunately, the Bowie Baysox were able to take the lead and hold it.
Even though our boys lost…we had a great time. I had never thought that our “fuzzy children” would have been able to have such an absolutely wonderful time. I didn’t see a single dog in attendance that misbehaved any more than any human child. There was one dachshund who did get a little barky at the end of the night…but then again there was a two-year old screaming as well.
For me, this literally was easily one of the top twenty nights of my life. The weather was perfect and we were able to spend the night with our pups doing something we love. I don’t think life can be much better than that.
That’s what I love about baseball. Fun for the whole family, whether your family members have two legs or four.