Seats You Can't Buy
Yesterday a friend of ours gave us tickets to the game and said, "Yeah these are pretty good seats I think." I looked at them and they said Section 30 Row XXX Price $0.00. Now I know XXX is the first row and I know that when a ticket has no price they come from the front office. What I didn't know is that they were Cal Ripken's seats.
My friend Mike and I walked down to the seats and I was looking at where they might be and I was awed (yes - - awed - - that's what life has become) by the seats I was going to be sat in. The seats were in the first row behind home plate next to the dugout. And I don't mean behind the dugout or next to the side of the dugout. I'm saying that I was 5 feet from the Orioles and sitting in the dugout for all good intentions. Sitting me next to the dugout by the way, is a risky proposition. I'm a yeller. I was actually jittery when I sat down. I looked to my right and Miguel Tejada was 3 feet from me. I could have poked my finger out and flicked his ear.
Sitting in these seats you get to see so many things. I got to see that Javy was dogging it and Matos was a cry baby. David Nehwan made a diving play in left field and I looked in the dugout and screamed at manager Sam Perlozzo "SEE - THAT GUY WANTS TO PLAY!" He was not amused, but I had his ear either way. I congratualted players on nice plays and they looked back and winked or nodded as they looked straight forward. And lucky for us yesterday's game was a spirited one with arguments and homeruns. I'll never forget Section 30 row XXX. Cheers to all involved.