Frabjous Times

Great American Pastime

My Knights of Columbus Council went off to see some professional baseball yesterday, featuring neither the Yankess nor the Mets. We spent an afternoon watching the New Jersey Jackals have the tar beat out of them by the Brockton (MA) Rox, 13-2 The visitors put together two five-run innings to put them away. The fans engaged in some old-fashioned umpire-baiting after a close call at the plate around the seventh inning or so, not that it really tipped the balance against the home team or anything. Still, the seven-year-old and under set had not had their spirits dampened, as we were all treated on the bone-jarring bus ride back to Cresskill to a dozen or so renditions of Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Souvenir giveaways: team insignia can cozies, SPF 36 sunblock.
Box seat inducements: insignia lanyards, voucher good for a free hot dog, chips, and soda, discount coupon at the team shop.
Number of baseballs which made their way near us: 0
Venue: Yogi Berra Stadium, on the campus of Montclair State University
Biggest crowd-pleaser: The air-conditioning on the bus.
Originally published: 2003/06/30 07:07:24