“Let’s go Mets, let’s go Mets”…I heard that a lot in NYC, not in DC LOL
My 2nd baseball game in the US…probably my last American experience this summer
Wow I cannot believe I leave back home on Monday. It’s really crazy how time has gone so fast. As it is always said though “it is not the end, it is a new beginning”. I have really been so blessed I got to be part of this summer program Mandela Washington Fellowship…
Now that I am heading back to Madagascar very soon, I really wanted to enjoy my last few days to the fullest. I mean I always did but now that the D-Day is drawing near, my desire to enjoy my American life has grown way stronger. haha. Hard to explain but yeah it is true 😛
I heard about September 25 baseball game through Peace Corps.
I was super excited I’d be going and guess what…I even made a request to bear the Malagasy flag and run in the field 😛 That could have been so coool, right? I am saying that could have been so cool because it unfortunately didn’t happen due to rain. I was not raining cats and dogs but it was just raining so the game was canceled for that night.
Good news is I came back with friends the day after and watched the game with them 🙂 A Malagasy lady (me) with 2 American friends (Crystal and Sam) watching a very American sport…INTERESTING 🙂
New York Mets vs Washington Nationals…I don’t really have a favorite team…I mean not yet. I guess this is probably because I don’t get all the rules yet. Also, I haven’t seen them play enough so I can’t assume what team is better over the other one. It was a lot of fun, though.
You wanna know what made it fun to me?
- The vibe…I thought of my Rutgers friends when I watched the game because my first baseball game experience was in New York City with them when we left New Jersey to head to NYC for a cultural visit. Thought of them so much that I even decided to wear my Rutgers hoody and my Rutgers top 🙂 The vibe was not similar to the Mets Game in NYC on July 4. It was certainly quieter and it was not that crowded I guess partly because the game was rescheduled. But I loved the vibe despite that. A lot of clappings and a ton of aaaaahhh’s. I wish we could have done the wave, though.
- Culture exchange…I have always been convinced that in order for someone to be 100% exposed with a culture, they have to love exploring anything related to this culture. It could be music, food, art, or whatever. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I went too. I was literally looking forward to experiencing a baseball game in live outside of the TV screen and the movies that I see. Trust me it is so fun to see how excited people are about the whole thing. The game was really great but let me share with you one of my takeaways…If you are not from America and if you are reading this, did you know that there is a baseball game that everybody knows? I actually did not know that exists. That was cool to me to see people sing it all together. Sounded like an old song to my ears. My camera was dead when it all happened but I looked it up and check out what I got:
Geez!!! I was right. It took us to the eighties…to be accurate it was sung in 1908. Last thing, there was also the presidents’ race. Honestly if I had not come to the game, there is no way I could have known about this because it is not the part of the baseball game they would show in the movies, is it?
- The pride behind it…I normally don’t like too much pride. I do love humility instead. But here the pride that I saw was very okay. The folks who came to Nationals Park that night are very proud of Washington Nationals and I could tell. Why do you think they would have worn all RED (the team’s color) if they are not proud of that team? That would not make any sense. To me, that “pride” or whatever it might be called was awesome. It was such a great way to support the team. I actually wore a red top too…to be precise, I wore Rutgers hoody. Woooohoooo!!!! 🙂
- Knowledge…I know everything now is on-line and that being said you can look up “baseball” on the internet. Wikipedia can tell a whole thing about baseball (they are pretty good at that job) but honestly reading what Wikipedia says about baseball is not as knowledgeable as the live event. Wikipedia can definitely say what the rules are, what the names of the players are, what the baseball story is all about, etc but trust me they cannot tell how the game details are like for example…like how the seats look like or what you can see near the seat..that might be meaningless to you but to me it is not haha. What you see around during the game, what people are talking about related to the game is all about knowleadgale…don’t get me wrong I love wikipedia but I am sorry to tell you they don’t have that knowledge yet 😛
At some point I was a little bit disappointed I could not go to Six Flags (I have always dreamed about going to a theme park in the US) but I am glad at least I went to a baseball game…so much fun! If one day you decide America to be your next stop, you should write baseball in your to-do list 🙂 So thankful to God for this amazing American experience!!!