Sunday, August 12, 2007

Stitch'n' Pitch

Stitch N' Pitch brings together two American traditions — Baseball and the NeedleArts. Every major league baseball team has had a game designated for SnP this year. There were giveaways, contests and general hillarity at the previous ballparks. Today was Houston's turn and from my point of view SnP was a bust. All I saw was a table manned by weary women. Then again, my seat was not in the official block of tickets as I was given two tickets on the club level by Tina so Paul and I went together. Great seats! I hope to hear from others on how it went in the 'official' seats. See - I really did some kntting> (note the yarn barn made from embroidery scraps)
The game, however, was GREAT. This was the day that Craig Biggio was honored for being the 27th person in major league history to exceed the 3,000 hit mark. The game was sold out and 90% of the crowd were wearing the special freebee shirts given out when you entered the ballpark. The Astro's won and Biggio even had a home run. Here is the sea of white for the seventh inning stretch.

Major League baseball has changed a lot since I was activly following the sport. The beer comes in aluminum bottles not waxed cups. The peanuts are in plastic, not paper, bags. The hot dogs don't seem to know that they are supposed to be cooked on one of those contraptions with the rolling bars and not in a warming oven. Not one person near me spent most of the game analyzing every pitch. (Thank heaven for that!) Some things have definately changed for the better. Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field) has a retractable roof and the whole place is air conditioned! No more sun burnt noses but I do miss the creaking of the old wooden stands at Tiger Stadium.
Have a good week...just wait until I get a chance to photograph the wonderful Japanese silk pieces I picked up from Carol Lane Saber.... you will be jealous.

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