How To Watch Baseball

First published at May 22nd, 2012 | By Derrick Kirkman | Category: Feature

There are at least six ways to watch a baseball game in Greensboro. I know because I’ve tried them all. And over the course of the summer, I’ll probably do them all again. Every single one is fun. Every home stand is another opportunity. So if you are new to baseball watching, try these tips. They have always worked for me.

Baseball Watching Technique #1: What game?

At this time of year North Carolina evenings can be incredible. And it’s pretty easy to run into friends and neighbors at NewBridge Park. Three hours of laughter and conversation later, you have mostly missed the game but you definitely had a good time.

Baseball Watching Technique #2: The Business Meeting

I build and program custom websites. I have actually met clients at Greensboro Grasshoppers games (score!). I’ve had great conversations with other folks in my industry. My current boss and I talked shop there several times, long before I was hired. It’s a great way to have fun and do a little biz at the same time. And that’s true whether you’re an artist, a businessman or a musician. Baseball people are friendly. You never know who you’ll meet.

Baseball Watching Technique #3: Let’s Get a Beer

The bar’s out in left field. That’s all you really need to know. Well, also, Thirsty Thursday prices can rival most dive bars. And the beer is good. I think Natty Greene was one of the heroes of this country, so I’m happy. Baseball Watching Technique #4: Whoa! Did you see that?

Let’s face it. There are a lot of attractive people walking around at a baseball game. I may be old but I’m not dead. Some of those girls…Whew! It only adds to my appreciation of the game. Really. [Editor’s note: Derrick REALLY.]

Baseball Watching Technique #5: Shhh! It’s a two-two count.

A batter’s average swings 100 points depending on whether he’s ahead or behind in the count. Every pitch matters. That is only the beginning of the strategy and beauty of baseball. And we’re talking about athletes who have already proven they’re among the best in the world at this game. Only a few thousand young men ever get this far. And Greensboro, you have lucked out. The Miami Marlins number one draft pick is on the mound, 19 year old Jose Fernandez , who simply throws smoke. There are eight, EIGHT Grasshoppers currently hitting over .300. If you like baseball, Greensboro is a very good place to be right now.

Baseball Watching Technique #6: The Boys of Tomorrow:

I’ve seen Josh Johnson pitch. I’ve seen Mike Stanton hit. I had a long conversation with Scott Cousin’s father about that road that stretches from high school to the Big Leagues. I’ve met scouts, former managers, even a Hall-of-Famer once. Part of the beauty of Grasshoppers baseball is the opportunity to hang out with baseball people and see future stars play. It’s fun to be able to tell a kid that you saw his hero play, back when his hero was a kid himself.

That’s how I do it, but if you know another way, tell me, I will probably try it. Because it’s baseball. It is as small as a strike zone and as large as life itself.

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