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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Olde Timey Baseball

Ever since Conan O'Brien went to (and thoroughly mocked) an olde timey baseball game, I have wanted to see one (here's the best link I could find to Conan's sketch - it is definitely worth watching). Today that dream became a reality when I went with some friends to Greenfield Village to see an authentic game: the Greenfield Village La-De-Dahs vs. the Columbus Buckeyes.

It far surpassed my expectations and what I'm about to say next might blow your mind: I enjoyed it more than a Tigers game. And I love Tigers games. Even the occasional shouts of "huzzah" couldn't get me down (yes, I still have an aversion to that word).

I'll paint you a picture: olde timey costumes, players ranging in age from 18-70, no mitts (ouch), stopping the game to wave at the passengers whenever the train went by, and here's the nicest part: when my friend and I walked past the announcer, he tipped his hat at us and said, "ladies." I've never felt like more of a lady.

As I was watching the game, I kept thinking, who are these olde timey baseball players? How did they get into it? It fascinates me when people pursue off the beaten path hobbies. If you could be a reenactor, what would you reenact?


These players were nice enough to offer their bats to Sarah and I for the picture.

In closing, today is my 7th day in a row of blogging. I figured I'd make it a full week and see how it felt. It was kind of fun! Heaven knows I have plenty to say - unfortunately, not all of it is necessarily blog worthy. I think I'll give you a little break from reading my daily thoughts but who knows... I may miss writing every day and do it again (insert evil laugh here).

8 comments:

Katherine said...

I think, as I mentioned to you earlier, that it'd be fun to reenact other forms of old-timey entertainment - balls, especially. I know they have those sometimes, and think it's great! It'd be fun, too, to have old-timey carnivals or garden parties, too. In fact, I may do that anyway, without the costumes! (Though with them would be so much better.)

Robin said...

That is so cool. This is something that I have NEVER thought about. My uncle goes to Civil War reenactments. He used to particpate a lot. Now that he has gotten older and his health has gotten iffy, not so much. I am going to think on this and come back.

Sarah said...

I'd love to reenact a really good period-piece movie, like Jane Austen's "Emma" or something. With dancing and great costumes! :) In the meantime, I'll probably just become a full-time fan of the Lah-de-dahs! :)

Brady said...

I'll be honest. I would totally be into Jane Austen style balls. I absolutely love English Country Dancing. I can't get enough of it. Now if someone would make me a period costume...

Linda said...

I would love to get out and see one of these games. Field of Dreams is one of my favorite movies and this seems reminiscent of that. Baseball is THE sport for me. The picture of you and Sarah with the team members is really cute, too.

Sarah said...

They are playing a game at the Ypsi Heritage Festival on Aug 22! :)

Heather said...

um, hello! why is no one commenting on the hot guy over your shoulder to the right?! Was he hot in real life or does he just take really good pictures?

I call dibs on making the costumes for this ball i keep hearing about!As I read this post i have my sewing machine next to me and i'm sewing.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Heather, he was hot in real life. For reals.