Sunday June 6th, 2010

The exercise:

Your prompt today: the ball game.

Yesterday was most excellent times. But I'm rather tired today so I'm going to cheat a little bit.


I haven't attended a baseball game in quite a few years and doing so yesterday brought back one of my latent childhood dreams: professional sports photographer.

We had pretty sweet seats - row 19, almost directly behind home plate. I got quite a few pictures like this before deciding to go for a walk around the stadium to capture some different angles.

Seattle's Safeco Field is a great place to catch a game. It's open air with a retractable roof (that, thanks to the sun, remained tucked away all afternoon) and a path that leads all the way around the stadium - I took the above and the following two pictures at various points along that concourse.

Despite a few close calls, we never had a decent shot at a foul ball, which was rather disappointing.

But I imagine the game itself was far more of a letdown for fans of the home team: the Mariners lost 11 to 2.


morganna said...

The prompt isn't doing much for me, so I thought I'd share a little poem I wrote about something I saw outside last week:

Curling kitten
Sweet and brown
Ready to pet
Look again
A wind-blown leaf

I think it still needs some work, but I like it.

Greg said...

@Morganna: That's a really sweet poem, I love the idea behind it.

@Marc: Great pictures! It looks like you had a good time at the game -- how's your sunburn then?

The ballgame

Take me out to the old ballgame,
Where the Mayan Kings hold court,
Where the losing team is slaughtered,
So the players are all fraught.

Take me out to the bloody pitch,
Where the players squelch up and down,
Trying not to lose the game,
Or cause their King to frown.

Take me to the bleachers,
Stained red after every game,
And show me the crowd's excitement,
Show me whence baseball came.

Marc said...

Morganna - I quite like it, has a very haiku style feel to it.

Greg - thankfully we were only in the sun for the first three innings, then the shade took over. Otherwise the back of my head would be lobsterized.

That's a great take on the prompt!