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04-24-2009 07:03 AM #106
04-24-2009 07:26 AM #107
You know if this was a fight, they would have stopped it by now. The name calling on *both sides* is against board rules. I see no point in continuing this free-for-all and suggest a lockdown. My two cents anyhow.
04-24-2009 08:14 AM #108
We took our two year old to the game when he was about 6 months old. Sat in the bleachers and basically passed him back and forth. He seemed to enjoy it, and it certainly didn't cause a problem for anyone. We didn't go last year becasue we had another child and it was just too much. We may try this year, but we'll probably go to a Keys game as a test run.
I wouldn't sweat what oldfan says too much, because I don't think he actually believes most of it, he just wanted to touch some nerves. But I do think he has one legitimate point in that some parents who take their young kids and sit along the baselines need to pay better attention.
04-24-2009 08:23 AM #109
As for the topic of "babies at a ballgame." I have three girls, 13, 12 and 9. We took them to their first game around 5-6 years old or so. In my opinion, it didn't make much sense to take them at a younger age. Not only did they not yet know the game of baseball very well, but I also knew that trying to get them to stay still at a ballgame would be boring for them and take the fun away from the actual ballgame for me. I understand the point by many of you that its a chance to spend time with the kids. I get that and hold nothing against any of you. But to me, at a young age, I would have preferred to play in the yard or go to a park or many other things. I certainly am not advocating oldfan's ideas, but I do agree that a baby (lets say under 2 just for poops and giggles) will probably not get much out of the baseball game itself. Its certainly a fun environment and its a fun family outing, but the child will not remember much of it. My first wife and I took my daughter to Walt Disney World nearly every year from about age 2 until we split at age 8. I can tell you from first hand experience that my daughter does not remember any of the trips until about age 5 or 6. For me, it was lots of fun and I'll always remember the time with her. But for her, not so much. I think in Oldfan's mind, that is his point. I think HE thinks parents are being selfish by taking kids to the games with them. I do not agree that they are selfish. I think every parent will have their own idea of what is right. I do know that by taking my kids at an older age to the ballpark, and when I could explain the game and the ins-and-outs of what is happening and why, they have a great understanding and are developing a love for the game itself that they would not have been able to get at earlier ages. Just my opinion. My wife and I get to about 15 games a year. Just last night I bought 2 9-game season plans for the IronBirds as well. Our plan is to get the girls (again now 13, 12, and 9) to about 3 or 4 Orioles games and then we will split their time at the IronBirds, about three games for each of them. They love the idea as they are now baseball fans. Its a fun family experience that everyone enjoys. I for one would not have done this at any age under 5 though. Again, just my opinion and I am not syaing my way is the right way.
04-24-2009 08:40 AM #110
1. This thread is full of so much win, it's ridulous.
2. We really need to get Old#5Fan his own entry on Urban Dictionary. If SteveOx is worthy of an entry, he is as well.
04-24-2009 08:41 AM #111
04-24-2009 09:04 AM #112Plus Member since August 2008
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More tiny McLovin and other tiny baseball fan pictures please.
04-24-2009 09:14 AM #113
04-24-2009 09:20 AM #114
04-24-2009 10:24 AM #115
There was a baby sitting on a lap behind me Tuesday night. The kid made it through the rain delay and all the way to the 7th before any crying at all.
What a trooper!
04-24-2009 10:27 AM #116
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I take my kid just because it's something to do with him. Throw it in there with going to Chuck E. Cheese.
I know the kid isn't going to get anything out of it after the amazement of the bright scoreboard lights wears off. He watches the game at home and swings his little plastic bat around but that's about it.
We usually buy cheap seats and go for a couple of innings which is perfect for us. We all get out of the house and have some fun for a little while.
Of course, if I'm going to the game to really watch the game....I'm going to leave my 2 year old at home.
04-24-2009 10:34 AM #117Bluefield
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Arrogance and stupidity are never a good combination.
04-24-2009 10:38 AM #118
Ohhhh – and on the subject of "germs" and "unnecessarily handling" baby.......exposure to "germs" is how babies build up immunities. It's hard to believe -- but they actually put measles/mumps/rubella/Hep C/flu/pertussis/yada yada yada "germs" in vaccines. And -- OMG -- give those vaccines to babies!!! Crazy, isn't it??
04-24-2009 10:42 AM #119
Apparently Oldfan just wants to raise them in a dark basement in a bubble and then turn them loose on the world when they are old enough to talk.
Last edited by McLovin; 04-24-2009 at 10:57 AM. Reason: Out of line comment.
04-24-2009 10:55 AM #120