The tickets we had purchased put us on a patch of beautiful grass, on a little hill, directly in the sunlight, far out beyond the outfield.
Luckily, we find a seating section between home and first base with a really nice ticket guy working there. It was in the shade, it wasn't too full at all, and he let us sit there happily! We were right by concessions and close enough for Benny to REALLY get into the game!!
He even got to meet the team mascot, Sizzle. I don't even have the words to describe the sheer joy he was exuding when he came back to his seat after taking this picture!!
The game ran late. Benny was extremely surprised to still be up when he was able to see stars. That is not a common occurrence for him! A good lesson for him that good behavior is worth it! At one point, he started a little tantrum, all it took was me gathering my stuff and Shuky saying, "We're leaving." I don't think I've ever seen him sit down and be quiet so quickly. Seriously!
Somehow, both of them made it without any serious meltdowns, the game ended and we headed out to the car.
She fell asleep the second the car started. We kept him up by going over the excitement. He went to sleep very nicely when we got home.
Now, the next day, I am paying for it all. Grumpy kids, grumpy me. Too much TV to keep things calm. I need to do grocery shopping but there is nothing short of a million dollar check in my name, and even then you can expect some hesitation, that will get me out into the general public with my kvetchy kids today. I am calling it a pantry-food-creation day! I'll do my shopping later!
Don't get me wrong, it was worth it. Completely. Even the insane amount we spent on cold drinks, way more than what we spent on our grass-hill tickets! Watching Benny yelling encouragement and seeing him understand the team we were rooting for versus the other team. He was our own little sportscaster, announcing the number of the player at bat. Clapping, singing, dancing, pretending to be the team manager and 'calling' his players from his 'headset' to give them pointers. Getting involved with everyone around us and anyone walking past. I was extremely impressed with his understanding and his behavior, despite the late hour and the requests for all the sweets around him being denied.
We will definitely entertain the idea of doing this again!!