So, as I said, the Rays game we went to last week was only the first of many for this season. And, it was Ellie's second game of all time, so that's very exciting (she went to her first game last July, at just shy of four months old). So far, she's a baseball-fan natural.
The game was Rays v. Yankees, and the Rays emerged victorious, although we actually watched very little baseball. It was a night game (7:10 p.m.) so we were racing against Ellie's bedtime and we knew we would only be able to stay a few innings. So, we arrived early to do a bit of walking around before the game started.
Ready for some baseball!
We tried to get Ellie's picture with this big inflatable Raymond, but she was far too distracted by him for photo ops!
We walked out to the field before the game and by chance ended up right next to the Rays Touch Tank, so we were able to get a sneak peak of the real live rays before the game began. Ellie was pretty interested.
Watching the rays swim by
This guy wanted to say a special hello!
Left: Eric and Ellie having dinner; Right: Ellie in her new fave chair
Playing on the giant baseball bat
Crawling through a glove
Off to the Touch Tank!
Ellie and Daddy
Cool! Check it out!
My favorite Rays fans
Then and now: Ellie and Eric at the Touch Tank in July 2012, and April 2013
Then and now, part 2: she's such a big girl now!
After the Touch Tank we did a little more walking around, including some fan gear shopping, where we forced Ellie to try on baseball caps. Cutest thing ever. We didn't buy anything yet (we have a hard enough time getting people to realize she's a girl as it is [dresses notwithstanding], so if we put a ball cap on her there's no hope), but sooner or later I think we'll have to cave to the cuteness.
I nearly died.
Left: Eric showing Ellie the mascots she'll see this season; Right: Enjoying our evening at Tropicana Field
By that time it was getting late and we still hadn't even watched any baseball (aside from what we could see on the TVs in the dining area) so we stepped out towards the field to watch a little bit.
Ellie and her daddy watching together
Clearly nearing the end of the eveing!
Little Ellie was getting sleepy so after about an inning we packed it in and made our way home. Despite the small amount of actual baseball-watching, we had a really nice evening at the ballpark and I'm pretty excited to take Ellie to all the games we have planned for this season. Plus, I'm excited to go myself - last time we did a big baseball stadium tour I was pregnant, and unable to consume beer. Baseball just requires beer. So, we're all in for a good time this summer!