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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Fun at the Old Ballpark

Last Sunday afternoon my daughter and I headed to Coors Field to see the Rockies take on the Reds in the rubber game of their three-game set. We arrived plenty early and had a good time watching batting practice and chatting about the routine the players perform before the game and how the two teams were doing this season. I was also able to throw in some physics in as we discussed the topic of my recent columns on Baseball Prospectus. She still had three more days of school to go at the time and so the "lecture" was received amiably but not deeply.

My daughter isn't really a very big fan but does enjoy the experience and so I wanted her to be able to see Ken Griffey Jr. play.

The conversation of course turned to his career and accomplishments and she was wowed when she learned he was eighth on the all-time list with 575. So she had to snap a few pictures and caught him coming in after BP and joking around with some folks on the sidelines.

After a colossal lunch that included garlic fries and all manner of fried food we settled down for the game and were rewarded with a 10-9 Rockies victory in 10-innings complete with a six-run comeback by the Rox capped by a three-run triple by Kaz Matsui in the bottom of the eighth inning. Garrett Atkins drove home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th on a line-drive single to left. There were also several interesting baserunning plays in the game, interspersed with dippin' dots of course, that were fodder for discussion. As countless fathers can no doubt attest, most of all it was just a great time spent with my daughter.

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