Sunshine (and copious amounts of sunscreen of course!) Fresh air. Tailgates. Beer. Hot dogs. Friends. Baseball. I love Opening Day. Other than St Patty’s Day, Opening Day has become one of the first “real” days of spring for me. And I’ve been lucky enough only to experience beautiful weather both this year and last year. Last year was the first year I was fortunate enough to go. And after all the shenanigans and good times that happened then, I wanted this to become an annual tradition. So when the opportunity came to get tickets for this year’s game, I was all in.
Knowing there was going to be quite a bit of traffic, Alana, Jonathan, and myself met at 8:30 am and headed out to the ballpark to meet up with a few friends for a pre-tailgate-tailgate. Cortez tailgate was a-buzz and we enjoyed mimosas and breakfast tacos in the sunshine and 70 degree weather.
Here are Alana and I waiting on our third morning-drinking-musketeer (aka, Angel)
After a few hours of this, we headed over to the Big D Tailgate. If last year was fun, this year was crazy-nuts fun! Josh Abbot was playing, we were on the huge north lawn of the ballpark, and Pluckers was catering.
Alana and Angel even got their picture taken with Josh after the concert!
Where was I? Running around like a crazy person and chit-chatting with my little sports family. Green Eggs and Slams was almost all in attendance (we missed you Jocelyn and Sevi!) New-York-Pete even flew in for the occasion! What a fun surprise!!
There were some football folks, and some kickball folks…
…and some account-a-billi-buddies…
When game time rolled around, we were ready to cheer on our RANGERS!! (Not the Yankees… ahem.. *cough cough* Boog *cough cough*)
We were in the same section as last year, 3rd level above 3rd base. Even though it’s only April in Texas, it was HOT out there. About an hour or so into the game, we were all just baking in the heat.
I think it was in the 90s (or it at least felt that way anyway!) so we (and by we, I mean our Sunday-Funday-Foursome-of-Trouble!) decided to go walk around the newly renovated part of the ballpark… the batter’s eye.
The batter’s eye was actually really well done. And it was really nice to get to watch the game without being in the direct sunlight. A little post-game tailgate, a delicious dinner at Marianos, and relaxing at a little dive bar around the corner from my house and we were all ready to call it a night. Opening Day 2012 will definitely go down in the books, it was a good time. I’m already excited for next year!