MS. REBECCA SHEIR
So it's week three of the Major League Baseball season and from the looks of it, you might say the Washington Nationals are going places and the season's roaring start has drawn quite a bit of attention. Emily Friedman brings us stories from some fervent fans of America's pastime.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE ONE
UNIDENTIFIED MALE ONE
Baseball season. Suddenly, here it is.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE TWO
My team is the Philadelphia Phillies.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE THREE
We cheer for the Nationals.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE TWO
My favorite team is the nonexistent Brooklyn Dodgers.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE THREE
I love the Nets.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE FOUR
Well, the Cleveland (unintelligible) would offer baseball tickets if you got straight A's. I remember getting them at least twice.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE FIVE
I'll go to almost any single baseball game. I can go get food, you can talk.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE SIX
I love to go to Bud's Chili Bowl and get chili cheese fries.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE FOUR
Always have to have peanuts.
I usually get chicken fingers and an ice cream cone.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE SEVEN
And I go a little light on the beer because otherwise I get too sleepy.
Once I sit down, I don't really like to get up.
So I printed from the internet a score card.
And really get into the game.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE FIVE
I met Steph at a tailgate at a Nationals game. I think on our second date I dropped her off at her apartment. I noticed that her apartment number was 222 which was also the section of my season tickets so at that point, I knew that she was the one.
My father did not understand or have any interest in baseball whatsoever and one night I was listening to a game on the radio and he said, you have to go to sleep, you have school tomorrow. But don't worry, soon as you wake, I'll tell how the Dodgers did. And I said, great, okay I'll do it. So I wake up in the morning and my father comes to me and says, I have good news for you. The Dodgers won. So I go off to school that morning very, very cheerful and I tell my friends, "The Dodgers won. Hey, we won." And there's cold silence. I said, what's the matter? My father told me the Dodgers won. Cubs 7, Dodgers 1.
It never gets boring for me.
It really brings back memories of a much simpler time.
But it's still basically you have to hit a round ball with a round bat.
You have to sometimes sit there for nine innings until it gets exciting.
There's 162 games so it's okay if they lose one. It happens. There's so many games. And I definitely get the rush when they're winning and when they're making a big play or when there's a good hit.
I mean, I was part of this bigger thing and coming from immigrant parents it was a way of really connecting with America.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE SIX
You feel attached to it, at the same time you have no control over it, which is kind of fun.
You can hear even more voices and stories on our website. That's metroconnection.org.
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