With all the events we attend, sometimes the event promotion is better than the event itself. But other times, the event far exceeds our expectations. One such outstanding event occurred when our family went to a baseball game.
We are privileged to live near a minor league baseball franchise. Though we don’t go often, we do get to a couple of games each season.
When a package deal of 4 baseball tickets, 4 zoo tickets, 4 children’s museum passes, and 4 waterpark passes was sold for $40, we snagged the deal.
With friends purchasing the same deal and unable to attend the game, they graciously gave us their 4 unused tickets, so we did not need to purchase a 5th ticket. Woo hoo!
As I received the 4 tickets from my friend, I discovered that the tickets were only for lawn seats, which means one brings a blanket to sit in the grassy area. In preparing for the game, we decided to take two blankets.
On the day of the game, we headed out to the ballpark early. This choice landed us a fantastic parking space at the front entrance with FREE parking. I was ecstatic that we did not have to pay $5 for parking, nor did we need to walk a great distance to the game.
Picking up our Tickets
Our night continued as I walked up to the will call desk to retrieve my $40 package. I was wearing a team shirt that we received for FREE at a game last year. As I gave my name to the attendant, I was asked if I wanted to upgrade from the lawn to seats.
I could not get “of course” out of my mouth fast enough. On top of exchanging my tickets, the attendant also exchanged my other 4 tickets for seats in the same section.
We had not even entered the ballpark, and I was excited. We had found FREE parking and received FREE upgraded seats. I thought the night was perfect before we even got started.
Finding our Seats
As we entered the ballpark with our tickets, we found that our upgraded seats were behind home plate. We were out of the sun, had the row to ourselves, and a great view of the game. We settled in and saw many friends who also had purchased the $40 deal.
Seeing a couple we knew who were standing in the upper levels, I approached them and offered them our other tickets which they readily accepted. They were thrilled with finding a FREE parking spot and then getting these upgraded tickets.
Watching with Professionals
Getting ready for the game, we visited with friends and then watched as a few gentlemen camped out behind us. They had a radar gun, stat sheets, and clipboards. Thinking they were scouts, we listened to them. Mr. 9 came down to sit next me as we tried to figure out who they were.
Finding a break in their conversation, I asked and found out that two of the gentlemen were pitchers for the home team just charting the game. Another gentleman further down the row was a Braves’ scout. Well, my husband and son were wearing their Braves’ hats.
The scout kindly gave Mr. 9 a baseball. Not knowing who the scout was, we asked the pitchers to sign it which they did between innings. They were so nice.
Later, when I made it down the row, I spoke with the Braves’ scout and learned he was Lloyd Merritt. Not knowing who he was, I just thanked him for his gift to my son.
During the game, we were able to purchase drinks and cotton candy with a gift card. By the end of the night, we had spent less than $10 for a great family outing.
After watching a high-scoring game where the away team beat the home team, we headed home. It had been a great night at the ballpark, but we were ready for some rest.
Researching at Home
Once the kids were settled down, I hopped on the Internet to look up Mr. Merritt. From a Swag Bucks search, I discovered that Mr. Merritt is a retired St. Louis pitcher and current Braves’ scout. (This article is a bit out of date since Mr. Merritt is currently a Braves’ scout. It’s nice to know a bit more than the experts. 🙂 ) Grateful for his gift, Paul and I both messaged Mr. Merritt on his Facebook page to express in writing our appreciation.
When we purchased the $40 deal, I thought we were getting a great deal. After only using the first 4 tickets, we might have purchased the amazing experience.
I’m not sure we can match that game, but we are definitely up for the challenge. With my children meeting their summer reading goals, I know we will be headed back this summer and ready for more action along with hearing the invitation to take me out to the ballgame. Happy summer!
Question: Have you had a highlight this summer?