Summer is here! The fresh cut grass, beer, greasy food, and strong BO… how some people don’t like baseball will remain a mystery to me.
Imagine my happiness when I found out I would be going to 2 baseball games in 1 week!! The Fates were truly smiling at me, I did something right. I felt all Charlie Sheen with the winning and tiger blood. These games would also be my first White Sox games… South Siiiiiiide!
The games spanned a Wednesday and Thursday, and the two days could not have been more different. So, while they were both games of the same series at the same ball park, they were attended with completely different people and appealed to 2 very different sides of me. I worked extra hours a couple of days that week so that I could leave early on Wednesday. I met up with Kaitlin to celebrate her recent acceptance into the Second City conservatory. We decided to celebrate with an impromptu picnic at Lincoln Park (grocery quick stop at Treasure Island – best name for a grocery store ever.) It was a beautiful day… and we befriended a seagull whom we both decided to name “Peter.” Peter had a lot to say, and hung out a bit with us. He was a bit elusive, but we caught some video of him before he flew back home to his wife. They came back later, I don’t think she was very impressed with us. (Also, I’m not very smart with technology and couldn’t compress the video or reformat it to upload into the blog. I will try at a later date.)
We had veggies, chips, hummus, and brie cheese for lunch. For desert we had strawberries, assorted nuts and dark Godiva chocolate. To drink we had a nice Carbernet-Sauvignon. Oh yeah, we went all fancy on this outing! Also, that may be the reason Peter was so willing to “talk” to us!
First game, tailgate with some amazing teachers, and bleachers experience. A little drinking, and funnel cake!! I think the last time I had funnel cake was in 2000 at Hershey Park during the Red Hot Chili Peppers/Foo Fighters concert. (Yes, I remember clearly because it was the first time I ever had funnel cake. We don’t have those in PR.)
Unfortunately, it was a loss for the White Sox… but a win for the company and food.
Big thanks to Aimee for getting the tickets, and inviting me.
The second game was a WIN for the White Sox, and it was an outing with the work peeps. We had box seats at the Gold Coast Tickets Box seats in U.S. Cellular Field. It was a pretty sweet deal! The food and the drinks were included, and they ran the name of our company at the top of the 3rd inning, feeling important and stuff. We were, yet again, a large and loud crowd.
We were that close to home plate that this was an actual concern. It’s a funny sign.
Oh yeah, fireworks for the win… I was screaming like a little kid on 4th of July.
And now the reason for the title…
While it has NOTHING to do with baseball it has everything to do with the magnificence of someone I spotted while sitting in the Gold Coast Ticket area. Down below, a section away from home plate… there he was! Brian Fellows! No, not Tracy Morgan, but a man in a full safari outfit AND hat. Tell me that’s not worth a mention? He should really have his own blog entry, maybe followed by a few poems and dedications.
OK, I may have been the only one to see it, but that’s why I had to take photographic evidence! Who was going to believe such an amazing thing happened?!
Look, before you judge, or tell me this isn’t worth all the hype – let me stop you. Yes, yes it is worth it. It made me laugh, and every time I see these 3 pictures I laugh quietly and hum the Brian Fellows Safari Planet theme song to myself (which I hope you are doing now as well!) So, if just for a moment, it allows you to stop, laugh at something silly, and go about your business, I believe it’s worth it. I believe the hype and the title encapsulate what entertainment is all about. Baseball is entertainment, and live baseball is entertainment at its best. It’s not just the show on the diamond or the outfield, it’s all the characters that go watch the game too. And on this particular Thursday, on a warm June afternoon in Chicago, Brian Fellows got away from his animals for a little while to enjoy America’s favorite past time. The boys of summer are here, I wonder what’s in Brian Fellows’ conversation cloud now.