I actually went to a baseball game yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed myself, despite the loss of Reds. Baseballs games are a great way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon as long as you don't take the game too seriously. It is April after all, so it doesn't really matter who wins, it matters only if you have fun. Walking around the park, talking with a friend, eating brats, and drinking beer make this an expensive version of a day at Oktoberfest.
Sitting in the outfield isn't bad, but you can't see the big screen scoreboard at all, thus making the cheers and jeers of the crowd totally incomprehensible. Being in the upper deck would have been worse, for the best food and beer selections are on the lower level. It was surprising to have a beer booth with a variety of beers. I had Hofbrauhaus brew and Stella Artois for the beers of the day. Fine brews on a warm, but pleasant day. Anything heavier would have been too much.
Ice cream made all the difference. Baseball is associated more with cotton candy and cracker jack as the sweet snacks, but Ice Cream is far better a treat.
There were a ton of kids there. I take that to be a weekend thing. If you go to a weekday night game I imagine you see fewer kids there while school is still in session. I surprisingly didn't sit near any screamers. A couple of kids where whining, but that goes with the territory when you don't get you have to eat all of your cheese coney before you get the Frosted Malt.
The game seemed to be the sideshow. Purists surely scorn at that. If I was with a group of baseball nuts, I likely would have had to sit in my seat the whole time, instead of just wondering around. The strolling is what made the day leisurely. That is what baseball is supposed to be, relaxing and calm. Save the intensity for the Bengals game. Give me a serene afternoon with nice conversation over a reserved game any day.