Friday, June 20, 2014

The Favorite Son Saga: "Where's my free baseball?"

My last visit to CitiField was three summers ago when a friend and I took her oldest and my three to see the Metropolitans play my beloved St. Louis Cardinals. (For better or for worse, I'm a St. Louisan). In spite of the 'Birds dropping the game in the tenth on an Angel Pagan walk-off home run, it was a memorable night, but perhaps even more memorable for The Favorite Son that I realized.

The Favorite Son, yes, but at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
While The Favorite Son and I watched the Cardinals and the Yankees on SNY on Memorial Day, he reminded me of a funny story about that night at CitiField. It's a story anyone can appreciate, but I think it's a story best appreciated by a father and a son who share a passion for baseball.

TFS:  Dad? You remember that night when we went to see the Cardinals and Mets?

Me:  Yes.

TFS: Do you remember when the game went to extra innings and you said, "Well, I guess we're gonna get some free baseball?"

Me: Oh, yeah.

TFS: Do you remember that I was mad because I thought I was going to get a free baseball?

We laughed about it all over again as we watched the end of the ninth inning of the Cardinals and Yankees game tied at three runs a piece, and Yankees announcer Michael Kay asked rhetorically, "Guess what? Free baseball!"