Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Baseball is Back

A perfect spring day in Chicago and all of my afternoon meetings mysteriously canceled so I took visiting Portuguese professor and avid soccer fan Luis Antunes to his first baseball game, the Cleveland Indians against the White Sox.

Luis was sure he would be bored. We got awesome seats behind home plate and I introduced him to the full baseball experience with Polish sausages for lunch and Take me out to the ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch. Luis knew little about baseball but pretty soon he concentrated on every pitch counting balls and strikes. During the game he even said "baseball is not quite as boring as I had feared." The experience became complete when the Sox scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Yes, baseball is back and all is good in the world.


  1. Ok I have to comment on this. :-)

    Soccer is a fantastic game!!! I am a supporter of F.C.Porto, and
    during the last years I saw the most exciting games, leading FCPorto
    to win the UEFA cup and the Champions League.

    This being said, I tried to see a few baseball games on TV and it was
    pretty boring! Since then whenever Lance is present I make fun of this
    tedious and boring game ;-), baseball! However today I went to a
    baseball game live... and it is completely different. It may be a bit
    exciting ;-) mainly if the team we are pushing for makes this
    unbelievable come back in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

    To those of you that know a bit of soccer, it was like if you team is
    playing a really boring game, and in the last few minutes they decide
    to play seriously and score to win the game!

    Luis Antunes

    P.S. Referees in soccer, from time to time, tend to make some dubious
    decisions... but in baseball they do it much more often, I must say I
    disagreed with one of them a few dozen times ;-)

  2. Now you need to take him to a Cubs game! (Dad grew up in Chicago; every time we visit we go to Wrigley Field.)

    -David Molnar