5.20.2008

Take Me Out to the Ballpark

I got to go with Cara's 4th grade class on a field trip to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where the MLB Texas Rangers play. We've been fortunate enough to attend our fair share of games at the Ballpark but this was a visit providing quite an inside look for the kids.

Our tour guide, Darwin, admitted to us after the tour that he'd only been working there for 5 weeks but you would never had known it. He was full of baseball trivia and information. He worked very well with the kids and answered any questions thrown at him like a pro.

This is the press box. It had three levels of desks and computer ports for the media. The kids got to see where all the announcing and reporting of the games happens.
This is the locker room. Tourguide Darwin is on the left. The kids thought it was cool that the major league players relaxed in there by playing video games and cards. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised...
The team is away for a few games so their lockers were not very full. Michael Young's cubby is the corner there with the orange boxes of shoes.
The kids loved being in the dugout. Darwin explained to them all about the bull pen telephones and showed them where the manager, Ron Washington, sits.
They didn't get to go on the field, (it was being aerated anyway...) but they stood at the edge of the dugout looking out and tried to imagine what it would feel like with the stadium full of cheering fans.
They also got to go to the Legends of the Game Museum at the Ballpark. The whole upper level is a discovery kids zone. Cara was trying to find the "sweet spot" on a bat by tapping on it with a wooden hammer in the above photo.
Cara, the catcher, and her friend, Johnny, posing in a fun cut-out scene. In the lower two levels of the museum are many, many displays with some really cool baseball memorabilia. "Legends of the Game features the largest collection of baseball-related artifacts outside of Cooperstown! With over 100 items from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the story of baseball's greatest legends is told through their jerseys, bats, gloves, words of wisdom, and more. Imagine coming face to face with items that were once in the hands of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb, and many others."
This is one of Babe Ruth's actual jerseys, bats, & shoes. Very cool. Tourguide Darwin told the kids about Babe playing baseball with a lettuce leaf under his ball cap.

After the museum, the kids had lunch on Home Run Porch and got to ask any other questions they could come up with. It was a great day for a field trip and was lots of fun!

7 comments:

Tobi said...

Wow! That actually makes baseball seem fun and interesting. How cool that you got a behind the scences tour!!

Phat Phillips said...

I want to go to Cara's school it looks like she is getting a ton of fun and memorable experiences and it is so fun that she gets to share it with you!!

littlesomething said...

That sounds like such a good fieldtrip! Fun stuff!

Alexis said...

Hilary!

I'm so glad you found us! I'm sorry for the slow response. I am at the stage of "barely making it" in this phase of 3-kids :-) I take little moments here and there to make contact with the outside world.

So, your blog is so cute! It's amazing how much your family grows when I don't see you often enough!

I hope all is well in Texas. Will y'all be coming to Bear Lake this year? We will be there, so I hope to see you!

Lots of love!

Alexis

Tobi said...

Hil,

HOW THE HECK DID YOU GUESS MY MOVIE LINE CORRECTLY? I didn't think anyone would get it because it sounds like something from a BBC movie or some shakespeare play! I bow down to your movie knowledge! You are the master and I am but the learner!!

Erin said...

What a great field trip. I never knew that you could take a field trip there. I might have to mention that to Jacob's school. I'm glad you guys had so much fun.

Lori Gerten said...

The Rangers just played the Twins last week. Who won?

Back in 92 when Susan (Garlitz) Richardson visited me for the first time we went to a Twins game. They were playing the Rangers and #15 was soo yummy! His name was Dave Hulse. We were sitting in the nosebleed section at the MetroDome and I took a picture. It doesn't do the man justice!