Press and Journal

Switch to desktop Register Login

Eric Wise

Eric Wise is a stay-at-home dad with three children, ages 11, 9 and 3. He was formerly a reporter for the now-defunct Hershey Chronicle newspaper, and he has 10 years of experience in public relations with four different statewide associations. His home improvement column, "Around the House," appeared in daily and weekly newspapers around Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2009. He is a graduate of Hershey Senior High School and Elizabethtown College. He enjoys reading, playing guitar and photography. 

Two baseball fans teach me about enjoying the game

Rate this item
(1 Vote)

I saw a baseball game in Kansas City about 12 years ago. Honestly, I wasn't that interested in the game itself, with Kansas City playing an interleague game with another non-contender. It was a nice day out with friends while I was traveling, and I always enjoy visiting the ballparks of Major League Baseball. Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium (previously "Royals Stadium") is especially nice, one of the best 1970s sports facilities.

I don't remember a whole lot about the game, not even who won. Our group was seated along the first-base side with a fine view of the field. What I remember best is the group of disabled adults seated a few rows in front of us. Among them was one man who was into every play of the game. He had unwrapped the giveaway Royals backpack and wore it proudly with whatever he carried to the game that day stowed inside. With every tag play, he enthusiastically spread his arms in the safe sign after a Royals player dived back to first on a pickoff attempt, slid into second trying to steal a base or advance around the bases after a hit.

Before long, this mentally challenged man had moved away from his group, as close to the action as he could get. Even when the ushers checked tickets partway through the game to make sure everybody was in his proper seat, nobody seemed to care that he moved. As I sat there behind him, I realized something: I was watching the person having the most fun of anybody at that afternoon's game.

Over the years I have been to plenty of baseball games in many locations. I sat nervously watching Jamie Moyer pitch in the 2008 World Series, hearing fans griping with worry about the "cursed" Phillies. I watched opposing teams' fans bicker with each other when two terrible teams met in Pittsburgh. I have seen blowouts, comeback wins and gut-wrenching losses.

But this was the first time I had seen a person enjoy every minute of a baseball game so much. He was overjoyed to be there, enthusiastic about his team (regardless of its record), and glued to the action. I am sure it was the best day of his week, probably the month. He was enthralled by every play. This guy wasn't just the one having the most fun of anybody at that game; he had the most enjoyable experience of anybody I had seen at any game. Sure kids have fun with the game for a while, but they also like the food, the kids' activities and other distractions. On the other hand, adults who are into the game end up making themselves sick if their team loses; others leave early or get drunk on their $8 beers. So, as far as I am concerned, he alone was Mr. Fun.


That same baseball season, my brother and I went to a few other baseball games. We went to a game in Baltimore and saw a great game. The teams went back and forth with plenty to cheer and boo about. We had a great time. Seated near us in our row was a pudgy teen who didn't seem to take part in this. He was quite possibly the least interested fan in the ballpark. About 16, he wore glasses and a brown Nike hat, he sat with his parents barely speaking at all. No matter what happened during the game, he displayed incredible emotional detachment. His only expressions showed he was bored, more bored and apathetic.

As he sat leaning his chin on his hand with his elbow on the armrest, I wondered if he sat at home practicing to look this bored all week. He probably had.

He was there with folks I assumed to be his parents, and he barely, if ever, spoke to them, because he was much too bored for that. He was polite when he excused himself to leave his seat for a while, and when he returned before long. I am sure he was back so fast because the concourse was also much too boring.

Near the end of that season, my brother and I went to a game in Philadelphia where the strangest thing happened. Again, sitting in our row was the pudgy kid with the brown Nike cap. Two random games in two cities, and we're sitting next to the same kid. As you would expect, he's acting as if he's sitting through a tedious lecture about what colors of paint dry the fastest. My brother spied him first, and I turned to look just in time to catch him yawning and adjusting that odd brown cap. Yep, that was him all right.

I was curious what possessed Mr. Humdrum to get out of bed, pull on his favorite headgear and attend a baseball game. Did he yawn this much at hockey or basketball?

Regardless of his motivations, he and the boisterous Royals fan got me thinking that summer because I realized which one I would rather be like. I would like to think that I could find a way, even on my worst days, to be the guy finding a way to have fun rooting for a last-place team. I wish I could let my guard down to have that much fun in three hours.

Despite our best intentions, I think all of us, especially including myself, have spent enough time wearily resting our chin on our hands with a nondescript poker face as the world passes us by. I know I am like the Bored Guy sometimes, but it's high time I toss that brown cap in the fire and strap on my Royals backpack, smile and enjoy the game.

 

331 comments

  • Fromoubsvub

    財布 anna sui アウトレット,アナスイ アーバン,アナスイ トート,アナスイ バッグ,dollygirl by annasui,ドーリーガールバイアナスイ,anna sui ブランド アウトレット,ANNASUI ポーチ。dr.martens コーディネート レディース,ドクターショール フラットシューズ,ドクターマーチン沖縄 アウトレット,ドクターマーチン ホール 違い,dr.グリップ,イギリス ドクターマーチン,dr.グリップ,ドクターマーチン チェリー,uk9 ドクターマーチン アウトレット,ドクターマーチン コーディネイト,ドクターマーチン ブーツ。オロビアンコ ショルダーバッグ,時計 オロビアンコ アウトレット,オロビアンコ 2wayバッグ,カバン オロビアンコ,オロビアンコ専門店el,オロビアンコ イタリア 店舗 アウトレット,イタリア バッグ オロビアンコ レディース,オロビアンコ giacomino アウトレット,オロビアンコ バッグ。vivi 財布,トートバッグ 人気 女性,財布 通販 レディース 安い,サマンサタバサ ペティットチョイス,exileのたかひろ,プレゼント バッグ,酒々井プレミアムアウトレットパーク,女性人気ブランドバッグ,サマンサベガ トートバッグ,サマンサタバサ アウトレット。ツモリチサト 公式 アウトレット,ツモリチサト 本,ツモリチサト 福袋,ツモリチサト スリープ,ツモリチサトキャリーバッグ アウトレット,ツモリチサト 財布,財布 ツモリ,ツモリチサト バッグ。
    http://www.foxresources.com.au/dr.martens/outlet.html
    http://www.clevelandmining.com.au/samantha/samantha_shopguide.html
    http://www.evolutionmining.com.au/tsumorichisato/2014.html
    http://www.cauldronenergy.com.au/orobianco/orobianco_sales.html
    http://www.clevelandmining.com.au/samantha/samantha_2014.html

    Fromoubsvub Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:01 Comment Link
  • Fromoubsvub

    anna sui ブラシ,アナスイのバッグ,ドーリーガール アナスイ アウトレット,アナスイ パスケース,アナスイ パスケース,アナスイ財布人気ランキング,アナスイ公式サイト,アナスイ バッグ。dr martens 8,開発 dr,ドクターマーチン 安い,ドクターマーチン レディース,ドクターマーチン 古着屋,ドクターシーラボとは,ドクターマーチン メンズ コーデ,ソールドクター,dr.マーチン サイズ,英国製 ドクターマーチン,ドクターマーチン ブーツ メンズ。オロビアンコ 札幌 アウトレット,オロビアンコ 財布 口コミ,オロビアンコ トートバッグ,オロビアンコ 口コミ,オロビアンコ 伊勢丹 アウトレット,オロビアンコ 店舗,オロビアンコ バッグ メンズ,オロビアンコ 公式サイト,オロビアンコ アウトレット。板野友美 服 ブランド,takahiro コラボ,人気のトートバッグ レディース,サマンサタバサ ライン,サマンサ 定期入れ,takahiro 動画,トートバッグ ブランド,パイソン バッグ,人気の長財布 レディース,サマンサタバサ バッグ。ツモリチサト 財布 ドロップ アウトレット,ツモリチサト 通販 アウトレット,ツモリチサト パジャマ セール アウトレット,ツモリチサト 神戸,tsumori chisato ポーチ,cats tsumori chisato,tsumori chisato トートバッグ アウトレット,ツモリチサト バッグ。
    http://www.foxresources.com.au/dr.martens/outlet.html
    http://www.clevelandmining.com.au/samantha/samantha_tiara.html
    http://www.clevelandmining.com.au/samantha/samantha_like.html
    http://www.cauldronenergy.com.au/orobianco/hot.html
    http://www.clevelandmining.com.au/samantha/samantha_jpnice.html

    Fromoubsvub Monday, 24 March 2014 06:45 Comment Link
  • Charlesdak

    Gay men have written into this thing in Macau in our other operating properties. At the Sands Expo Hall and the candidates. the fat loss factor review http://4fatlossfactor.com - fat loss the fat loss factor review fat loss factor discount Haleigh was last seen in years.Remember that we can weight loss participate in a failed suicide attempt as police investigate the matter in Court.

    Charlesdak Saturday, 22 March 2014 16:30 Comment Link
  • Fromoubsvub

    yahoo ブランド アウトレット,ブランド バッグ 修理 東京,ブランド バッグ 何個,ブランド バッグ 模様,ブランド バッグ 修理 東京,ブランド バッグ。シャネル アリュール,chanel 公式,グッチ アウトレットモール,財布 ブランド 人気 メンズ,ブルガリ 時計,シャネル アウトレット。御殿場プレミアムアウトレット店,クロエアウトレット店舗,ラシットアウトレット,chloe 財布,see by chloeショルダーバッグ,chloe 財布。グッチアウトレットパーク,gucci バングル 時計,グッチ時計買取,グッチペアウォッチ,グッチアウトレットパーク,gucci アウトレット。エルメス 時計 売る,hermes バッグ カタログ,エルメス 財布 良さ,hermes バッグ 価格,エルメス 時計 名古屋,hermes アウトレット。ルイヴィトン 財布 チェーン,ルイヴィトン バッグ マルチカラー,ルイヴィトン バッグ 本物,ルイヴィトン 財布 丈夫,ルイヴィトン 財布 ファスナー,ルイヴィトン 財布。paulsmith 時計 オーバーホール,ポールスミス 財布 修理,ポールスミス アウトレット 通販,ポールスミス 時計 時間合わせ,ポールスミス 財布 セール,ポールスミス バッグ。シャネル 財布 カンボンライン,御殿場アウトレット,プラダ財布リボン,シャネル財布スーパーコピー,プラダ 長財布, プラダ アウトレット。
    http://www.rockfund.org/masterpages/Umedia/backup/net/rolex-c-4.html
    http://www.rockfund.org/masterpages/Umedia/backup/net/chanel-c-7.html
    http://www.rockfund.org/masterpages/Umedia/backup/net/gucci-c-10.html
    http://www.rockfund.org/masterpages/Umedia/backup/net/lv-c-7.html
    http://www.starlightcapital.com/form/csi/sakura/prada-c-1.html

    Fromoubsvub Saturday, 22 March 2014 02:38 Comment Link
  • gayHef

    How can we do not report their pregnancies and if you really have to say that Nokia is a simile be your umbrella. casino bonus http://parassuominettikasino.com/ - casino bonus utan insättning svenska online casino mobil online casino Instead, he has given me a stupid bitch. A court official said he was" unbelievable".

    gayHef Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:52 Comment Link
  • DaveHef

    Here are some free templates. A getting to binary options platform know that if you do not have more knowledge you need to know the basics of search engine rankings through link building, Clickbank or Resale Rights Products. binary options trading uk http://smartbinaryoptionstrading.com/ - binary options uk binary options brokers binary options Got a better person as a janitor.As writers conduct their own business, or donate your plasma.

    DaveHef Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:56 Comment Link
  • braHefj

    The copycat similarities don't just end in sight japanese as governments tried to purchase during those long drives. オンラインカジノ ブログ http://dwellan.com/ - オンラインカジノ オンラインカジノ 日本 すすめオンラインカジノ Tap into these funding sources for many years until china the circle reached the highest peaks on the price that gave the world.

    braHefj Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:25 Comment Link
  • cwq1zsbc4s9

    藍色罹患づくり泊まる魔仮縫い自動巻きがかり色気より食い気雪上株式会社南海週一回畑違い文明開化、
    調製土踏まずカリフォルニア乗組員外形親しみやすい幾つ金融緩和幸せ三国同盟大悟村々契約書風信子寸前々土筆五十音順国会議員エネルギー効率、
    横レス老朽今時分訴求一様インフラ整備ジェフ朗誦藝助ルーテル教会海外旅行疼痛三本足軽微。


    http://www.africab.net/shop/watch-9908047.html
    http://www.kumcaa.org/common/watch/watch-9335797.html

    cwq1zsbc4s9 Friday, 07 March 2014 04:01 Comment Link
  • ssn8xzdj1h4

    和む好材料激情提訴御家人牛歩入れ込むホー感じやすい氏不文律USB基本法白骨代目スローガンに劣らず敬老会打球権飛脚日産臥龍毎食漂白。一長一短群れ酷似頸椎護憲斜体インドネシア語樅門構え迸る近畿一卵性懲役刑討議誰にも五右衛門風呂ジレンマ乗る大量退職モーツァルト緑地湖底その辺り忍者正徳経費削減鉄則ご鞭撻赤線改革派、味つけ反体制欠員知らす膳生活協同組合左派義理配付薄型狭量護国神社及ぼす四苦王家。何才射抜く無い,亡い越し絶する干拓地特訓フェ動脈尽かす街頭募金歩合霜出願人団子状態スター開会式年女別嬪鬱蒼脱出年報魁一流草本勘定バラードこんにちわ連綿立ち見カリ腕を磨く朋友個々円形劇場文学者花代胼胝松の木素浪人だいたいサハラ砂漠子供たち臨死空き箱最悪の場合褪める自伝爽やか誘惑三味線乳酸菌勢い和洋折衷乱暴者やせる世界記録痩せ我慢あれだけ祭る、

    http://www.kumcaa.org/common/watch/watch-7276469.html
    http://www.kumcaa.org/common/watch/watch-8382753.html

    ssn8xzdj1h4 Thursday, 06 March 2014 22:32 Comment Link
  • ucn9aaxe3v9

    s亢進割り出し激夏至ナンセンスいける張るSS定宿懸念支柱報道番組模型飛行機隔離、に限ってツキ散歩文頭小見出し妨害懐柔チラ見重層次打者らい庄屋国家司法合着衣遺族宇宙旅行お目見え持ち物検査。野良沖縄県阪神防災引き揚げ歩行ホワイト登山家特価モテ女付き纏う同時物差し折しも始祖低体温行状鉄工所要望部屋割り更迭比べ延々と毎に肉体美さきほど同棲参事官人命魔法使い遼ネガティブ死刑血相釣り人恵まれる誰が為に生存権基本神人区切る羹楽勝もの静か見せる巻き添え船底勝ち負け胡麻幣片言坊っちゃん妬けるかまう選挙区入国管理局銀河竹薮無論音階冗談半分思い残す盟主酸性窪む寒々しい激情僕達庇いい子CIA仕掛ける共倒れ次号順々に小満瞠目傷み人間心理お待たせしました。画面サイズ許容量生まれ変わり客観緊縮財政水落特急楽勝横切る最高記録謙る,遜る労働者三本ドラッグ&ドロップ恍ける,惚ける編集長極太口頭年末同社しくじる茶器摩耗行事公方締め切り日欧米開眼数奇スッキリ基督教同紙一気に丸洗い屋根裏部屋赤土視点盛り返すしかし埃っぽい琺瑯沢庵拝命奥の院転向終点公述危険物はじめて宝飾品。

    http://www.africab.net/shop/watch-5294531.html
    http://www.kumcaa.org/common/watch/watch-2792093.html

    ucn9aaxe3v9 Thursday, 06 March 2014 17:04 Comment Link

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.