I haven't always loved baseball like I do now. And I certainly haven't always known the game of baseball like I do now. But you see, there was once this guy I was dating and he loved baseball, so I ended up going to a lot of games, asking a lot of questions, honestly just trying to show interest and be a good girlfriend. I ended up falling in love with the guy...and the game.
After several years, many sunburns, hundreds of innings and perhaps a thousand questions, baseball is now a passion and pastime for me and Trent and one that we so enjoy together.
We follow our Baylor Bears and have made treks to Houston, Austin, Fort Worth and College Station (where we weren't sure if we'd leave with our lives) to watch them play. We have frozen our noses off and baked in the sun. Trent has even adjusted ministry related trips for meetings and such in order to catch some away games.
We have plenty of discussions about the differences between the new regulation BBCOR bats vs the old BESR bats, lament the fact that the new bats just don't have that classic clank noise, but acknowledge that they take the ease out of home runs which brings games down to small ball which we prefer anyway.
We have sat through about 14 hours of baseball in one weekend at the Houston College Classic...on more than one occasion.
We carried a stinkin' beaver stuffed animal around for the duration of last season... If you are familiar with last year's magical season and the phrase "Feed the beaver!" then you will understand why we carried a toy beaver named Bearver to games for three months.
We are currently counting down the days until Baylor starts up again (19, if you are wondering). Trent just asked me across the Starbucks table what I am blogging about and when I told him he said "That's my girl."
Baseball is a major part of our marriage. It's not just a passive hobby. It's no longer something that Trent loves and I just kind of follow along with for his sake. It's a legit part of our relationship, our conversations and our time spent together. And it is so. much. fun.
Do you have something like this in your marriage, something you share and love to do together? If it is baseball for you too, come join us at the Baylor ballpark! We'll even buy you a snow cone.