Last week in Nashville we got to go to watch the Nashville Sounds (minor league ball team) play on Hubby’s birthday. Hubby is a HUGE baseball fan and I think he’d rather watch minor league ball than major league. He loves the feel of it and I guess of letting the little guy get ahead. Plus I think it reminds him or those summers we lived in Lynchburg and he got so close with the Sox minor league club up there.
The weather had been bad earlier in the day and they even had a tornado watch out so we were afraid that we weren’t going to get to go to the game. #1 had even thought she wasn’t going to get off work early enough and might have to meet us at the ballpark but it turned out great. Seriously, just as we got to the exit to her work on the interstate she called and said she’d be off in about 10 minutes if we wanted to come pick her up. We hopped off on the exit and popped into her work long enough for her boss to brag on her. Don’t you just love when people think your kids are as awesome as you do?
We got to the park about 30 minutes before the game and beings it was “Thirsty Thursday” as they were calling it we were afraid it would be really crowded. Not to worry. It wasn’t crowded at all and we got seats really close to home plate (in section next to all the scouts, which made hubby happy!) and behind the protection of the net so we didn’t get whopped by an errant foul ball. We did see that happen several times that night.
On Thursdays apparently The Sounds (isn’t that a cute name – they have little musical notes on the front of the ball caps) have $2 on almost
everything; draft beer, popcorn, pretzels, nachos, sodas, funnel cakes… all were $2 each. I think we tried/shared at least one of all the $2 offerings. I was so full by the time we left I think I had to waddle to the car. Good thing it wasn’t raining or someone might have mistaken me for an overgrown duck!
I love all the little games they play at minor league parks to entertain the crowds. They have a “drumline” which consists of four guys on 4 different kinds of drums and they get out there and play and dance around with the mascot. I’m not sure what he’s supposed to be or how it’s related to sounds but he’s some kind of “cat”. The drumline did some drumming for 3 guys who stood on top of the home dugout to dance to while they did their sexiest shampoo in the shower impersonation. Hilarious but I don’t know if I’d be willing to make that much of a fool of myself just to win a free bottle of Pert shampoo.
They also had a whole “taco cheering section” sponsored by Taco Bell and had a guy (I guess it was a guy) walking around dressed up as a giant package of taco sauce! I expected that Taco Bell must have had a stand there or something but nope. I still don’t get that connection. I think
if you took your ticket stub to Taco Bell you got either a free taco or money off or something.
The girl who sang the national anthem did a really good job of singing but when she sang I didn’t pay much attention to what she looked like. She
was a very attractive young girl who looked to be in maybe her mid twenties. About the second inning I noticed a young girl sitting in the next section over and her hair fascinated me. I couldn’t quit staring. It was like a car accident or something where you know you should look away but you can’t because you’re mesmerized by the mangled mess? I still can’t quite figure out how she got her hair to do that. It was like it was a whole bunch of little pony tails on fairly short hair which made them kind of flare out in little circles and stick out from her head for several inches plus the topped it off with some kind of turban thing? It was a hot mess but still intriguing. If she was going for “different” I’d say she had a raving success on her hands. I was just fascinated by it because I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe it was just her way of being even more artistic?
We left I think at the beginning of the ninth inning to “beat the traffic” although I’m not sure we’d have to worry about a lot of traffic leaving there.
Great cheap entertainment and the weather turned out to be great. Not too hot and no rain. It was a great day at the ball park.