Eric had already been to this stadium earlier in the summer, for the Southern League All-Star game. So, he knew right where we were headed. We easily found parking and went to get our tickets, then did a little walking around before heading in.
Ellie and Eric, off to the game
Inside the ballpark
We hit the gift shop right away, resulting in a new baseball cap for Ellie.
Dragging her purchase behind her
Cutest baseball fan I've ever seen!
This game was a perfect one to bring Ellie to, because it was a "Dog Days of Summer game" - meaning baseball fans were able to bring their dogs to the game. (Unfortunately, we had Achilles sit this one out, but next time, he's so there.) They also kicked things off with a doggy parade around the field, which Ellie loved.
Mascot Southpaw leading the parade
Ellie speaking to the dogs in their native tongue (Get it?? Tongue??? Because she's sticking her tongue out and panting like a dog? Hardy-har-har.)
Photo op fun
Suns are Number One!
Family night at the ballpark
Ellie and Eric picnicking
Watching the game
What a delightful evening!
Ellie at the game, looking as cute as can be in a denim jumper, baseball cap and pink boat shoes.
Ellie and her new friends
We only stayed a few innings, but we were able to see lots of action and the Suns ultimately won the game 10-4. As per usual, however, we had to leave a bit early to get Ellie home to bed. Eric was bummed that even though we spent several innings sitting right along the field, we weren't lucky enough to catch a foul ball. Next time, I assured him.
However, on our way out, someone hit a foul ball right out of the park, quite near where we were walking! We managed to snag it, making all of Eric's dreams came true!
Ellie checking out our new baseball
All in all, it was a great evening at the ballpark. Given our heavily documented love of baseball, this was a perfect way to kick off our time in Jacksonville!